How many players can NHL teams protect? They can either choose to protect: Seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender. Eight skaters (forwards or defencemen) and one goaltender.
Who each NHL team will protect? Teams must protect either seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards and defensemen) plus one goalie. Players with no-move clauses must be protected, though a player can waive it and be unprotected if they choose.
How many players can Seattle take from each team? Seattle will select one player from each team for a total of 30: 14 forwards.
How many players can you protect in an expansion? Teams can choose between two protection schemes for its players: Either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender for a total of 11 players, or teams can protect any combination of eight skaters, regardless of position, and a goalie.