Which NHL teams are expansion teams? The other was placed in Seattle — which has lacked an NHL team in the modern sports era — and recently filled its roster through the 2021 Expansion Draft. Prior to the Golden Knights and Kraken franchise, the NHL last expanded in 2000 with the addition of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild.
Is the NHL adding more teams? The newest additions to the league are the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 and the Seattle Kraken in 2021. The league has also relocated several franchises, most recently in 2011 when the former Atlanta Thrashers became the second and current incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets.
Will NHL expand to 32 teams? In 2018, the NHL Board of Governors awarded a franchise to Seattle. The team, as yet unnamed, will play its first season in 2021-22, bringing the league to 32 teams.
How many NHL expansion teams are there? 2016: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces the addition of a franchise in Las Vegas that will begin play in the 2017-18 season, bringing the NHL to 31 teams. It is the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas.