NHL Salary Cap Questions > Protected Picks

Protected Picks

Asked Nov 28, 2023 by Stuart P

The Blackhawks first round pick in 2024 is Top 10 Protected, what does that mean?


Nov 28, 2023

A "Top 10 Protected" pick means that if the pick ends up being a pick in the Top 10, the pick does not transfer. The pick condition would outline what other pick transfers instead. Typically if a pick is top protected and the pick does not transfer that year, the pick will transfer in a subsequent year.  Tampa's pick was not in the top 10, so the pick transfers to Chicago.