Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is an Expert?

In short, if your job is to study and talk about sports, you are an expert.

Who is a Fan?

If you are not an expert you are a fan.

How do I become an Expert?

In order for us to determine that you are who you say you are, you will need to login with your Twitter account. We have created a list of twitter users which we believe should be experts. If you are not on that list but think that you should be, please contact us here: Contact@PlanMyTeam.com

Should I use a service (Twitter/Facebook/Google) when registering?

We have added these services as a convenience for you, so please use them if you would like. By registering through a service, you won’t need to remember a new password, you will just login through an account you are likely already using.

When you register or login through a service, it will take you to the service provider and they will validate your login. When they validate your login, they will securely pass back you email address.

For "expert" users, you are required to login using the Twitter service so that we may validate your identity.

No matter how you sign in, your privacy is our biggest concern. You can rest assured that we will not post anything on your social media accounts. We aren't even capable to do so.


What is your privacy policy?

Our privacy policy is detailed in full here.


What does it mean to “Allow others to view my picks”?

When a user has "Allow others to view my picks" enabled:

  • All visitors to the site can view the user's picks from the 'View Saved Team' page or the 'View Saved Depth Charts' page by selecting them from the user list
  • They are able to share a link to this website that will point to their picks via social media buttons.
If you choose to disable "Allow others to view my picks", you will still be able to use the site, save your selections and view other user's selections, however, you will not be able to share your picks with others.


What does it mean to "Email me if a team becomes invalid"?

If you have the checkbox “Email me if a team becomes invalid” checked, PlanMyTeam.com will send an email to your email address to inform you if one of your saved teams has become invalid.

A saved team typically becomes invalid if one of the players you have saved for a team changes teams.

For example, if Sidney Crosby was traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Winnipeg Jets, and you had him saved as a player on your Protect Players page for Pittsburgh, your Pittsburgh Penguins protected team would no longer be valid.


How often will you be sending me emails for site updates or new features?

We will not be sending emails for site updates and new features very frequently. Our intent is to limit the amount of emails we send out and only send them out for significant changes to the site.

We will be using Facebook and Twitter for all communication including smaller features and updates.

Who is participating?

Las Vegas was awarded the new franchise, however, every team currently in the NHL will be affected as the new expansion team will be created from players on each existing team.


What is it?

On June 22nd 2016, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL will be expanding the number of teams within the league to 31 for the 2017-18 season.


Where is it?

TBD


When is it?

The draft will take place on June 18–20, 2017, with the selections being announced on June 21st, 2017


Why?

An expansion is not new for the NHL. The league started with only 6 NHL teams and has since grown to 30. Gary Bettman and the NHL Board of Directors voted that it is now time to expand the league to 31 teams.


How?

Each existing NHL team is allowed to protect a certain number of players, according to a set of rules outlined by the NHL. The new expansion team’s will then be created by selecting 1 unprotected player from each team, again, according to a set of rules outlined by the NHL.


Official NHL Expansion Rules

Official NHL Expansion Rules


The most common steps for using the NHL Expansion Tool are:

  1. Protect Players - what it is
  2. Run the Expansion Draft Simulator - what it is
  3. View Saved Teams - desc

How many players can a team protect?

Teams can protect either:

  • Teams can protect either:
  • 7 forwards, 3 defence and 1 goalie
  • -OR-
  • 8 skaters (forwards and defence) and 1 goalie


How does a “No Move Clause” (NMC) affect protecting players?

All players who have currently effective and continuing "No Movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

No Move Clause is represented as a No Move Clause icon icon


Who are “Exempt” players?

All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

Exempt player is represented by an Exempt Player icon icon.


What are minimum player exposure requirements?

All Clubs must meet the following minimum requirements regarding players exposed for selection in the Expansion Draft:

  • One defenseman who is a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.
  • Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.
  • One goaltender who is under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18. If the club elects to make a restricted free agent goaltender available in order to meet this requirement, that goaltender must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the club's protected list.

Are there any special circumstances for players?

Players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a club's player exposure requirements, unless approval is received from the NHL. Such players also may be deemed exempt from selection by the League.

How do I use the Protect Players tool?

Instructions/rules for the Protect Players page can be found by expanding this area on the Protect Players tool

How will Las Vegas Select their new team?

The Las Vegas expansion team will select their expansion team based on the Official NHL Rules of the 2017 Expansion Draft.

The Las Vegas franchise must select one player from each presently existing club for a total of 30 players (not including additional players who may be acquired as the result of violations of the Expansion Draft rules).


What are the requirements for selecting the new team?


  • Number of players per position

    The Las Vegas franchise must select the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.


  • Player’s contracts

    The Las Vegas franchise must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season.


  • Team’s salary

    The Las Vegas franchise must select players with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100% of the prior season's upper limit for the salary cap.


  • Buyouts

    The Las Vegas franchise may not buy out any of the players selected in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season.



How do I use the Expansion Draft Simulator tool?

Instructions/rules for the Expansion Draft Simulator page can be found by expanding this area on the Expansion Draft Simulator tool

How do I view saved teams?

By going to the View Saved Teams page (link), you are able to search for friends and other users by typing in someone’s username. You can also select one of the experts that have saved their selections by clicking on the expert.


What are my options for sharing my or other users’ saved teams?

You can send a link of someone’s saved team by clicking the Share button (screenshot) on the page. You can also, easy tweet a link by clicking the Tweet button (screenshot) on the page.


Can I put any player in any position?

If you have selected a skater’s position (forward or defence) then you will be able to select any skater for that position. However, you cannot select a goalie to play in a skaters position, nor can you select a skater to play goalie.

In order to make it easier to determine who commonly plays the position you have selected, we highlight all players that have commonly played that position in the past.


How do I reduce the number of players shown in the Player Selection area?

There are two common ways to reduce the number of players shown in the player selection area:

  • By using the filter tool to only select the positions you want to see (screenshot)
  • By checking the “Hide Players Already on Team” checkbox. By doing this, all players that you have already selected to be in the depth chart will be hidden from the player selection area.


How do I view saved depth charts?

You can send a link of someone’s saved team by clicking the Share button (screenshot) on the page. You can also, easy tweet a link by clicking the Tweet button (screenshot) on the page.

What are my options for sharing my or other users’ saved depth charts?

By going to the View Saved Depth Charts page (link), you are able to search for friends and other users by typing in someone’s username. You can also select one of the experts that have saved their selections by selecting an expert in the grid.