When drafting a player out of North America or any European country with a transfer agreement, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and become unrestricted free agents (or choose to re-enter the draft, depending on specific circumstances). This year, even though many other NHL deadlines have been shifted, June 1 will still act as the threshold for expiring draft rights.
Some of the prospects that were previously on this list have signed, and are no longer listed. The rest are all to be considered unsigned, barring any late announcements from clubs.
Ryan Francis (143rd overall, 2020)
Lenni Killinen (104th overall, 2018)
Nils Aman (167th overall, 2020)
Columbus Blue Jackets:
Marcus Karlberg (80th overall, 2018)
Albin Eriksson (44th overall, 2018)
Detroit Red Wings:
Patrik Siikanen (195th overall, 2018)
Justin Schutz (170th overall, 2018)
Filip Johansson (24th overall, 2018)*
Jacob Olofsson (56th overall, 2018)
New Jersey Devils:
New York Rangers:
Eric Engstrand (155th overall, 2020)
San Jose Sharks:
Linus Oberg (206th overall, 2020)
Tampa Bay Lightning:
Declan McDonnell (217th overall, 2020)
Toni Utunen (130th overall, 2018)
Bear Hughes (148th overall, 2020)***
*As a first-round pick, if Johansson is not signed by the deadline the Minnesota Wild will receive a compensatory pick in this year’s draft. That pick would be the 24th selection in the second round, 56th overall.
**Though traditionally draft picks out of Switzerland saw their rights held indefinitely, the new transfer agreement from 2020 that Baumgartner was selected under (combined with the fact that he was an overage player in the draft) means he will also become a free agent if not signed by the deadline.
***Hughes has signed an AHL contract with the Hershey Bears but his NHL rights will still expire if not signed to an entry-level deal.