When must NHL teams submit protected list? It’s already July 17, which means that NHL teams are required to submit their protection lists to the NHL for the upcoming Expansion Draft by 5 pm EST. NHL teams have also their last chance to make any other moves until 3 pm EST, when the transaction freeze will be activated.
How many players can a NHL team protect? They can either choose to protect: Seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender. Eight skaters (forwards or defencemen) and one goaltender.
Which players will NHL teams 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 long does an NHL team own a players rights? Players can only enter the NHL Draft twice. For college NCAA players that have been drafted, NHL teams retain their rights until 30 days after the player has left college.