5 prospects with exclusive rights expiring to keep an eye on

Even with multiple teams still in action in the Stanley Cup playoffs, one of the first significant dates of the offseason is quickly approaching. June 1, this Wednesday, is the deadline to sign certain drafted prospects prior to their exclusive rights expiring.
For the most part, the June 1 deadline this year is the deadline to sign CHL prospects that were drafted in 2020 and for European prospects not based in Russia that were drafted in 2018. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen three prospects sign entry-level contracts that were set to become a free agent or re-entry draft eligible. Tampa Bay signed Jaydon Dureau, the Islanders inked Ruslan Iskakhov, and Vancouver locked up Linus Karlsson.
Even with three of the more notable prospects that were set to expire signing, there is still some intriguing talent whose exclusive rights are set to expire on Wednesday, leaving them either re-entry draft eligible if they are a 2002 birthdate in the CHL or a free agent if they are older.
Let’s look at five different prospects who could be of interest.
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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

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