How many people can you protect in expansion draft? What are the rules for teams protecting players? Wyshynski: The 30 teams in the expansion draft can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie; or they can protect eight skaters and one goaltender.
How many players are NHL teams allowed to protect? Current NHL teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie, under the following conditions.
Who will each team protect in the expansion draft? From the 30 teams the Kraken will be plucking a player from, each team gets to protect a certain amount of players from the expansion draft. A team can either choose to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, or eight skaters with any combination of forwards/defensemen and one goalie.
Who is exempt from the expansion draft? Players with only two pro seasons, and all unsigned draft choices, are exempt from the expansion draft.