NHL Preseason Roster Size
The definition of "veterans" according to the CBA is given below.
- Any player who has logged more than 100 or more career games in the NHL is considered a veteran.
- A forward or defenseman is considered a veteran if they have played a minimum of 30 games in the previous season.
- A goaltender is considered a veteran if, in the previous season, they either
- dressed for 50 or more games
- or played in 30 or more games
- The first-round pick of the NHL entry draft conducted in the off-season beforehand is also defined as a veteran.
Some other rules mentioned in the 2023 NHL rulebook that are applicable in preseason or exhibition games are:
- The Commissioner can schedule any preseason suspensions to his inclination if he foresees that suspension restricting the team's roster for the regular season.
- In preseason games if a goalie is injured then the backup goalie has 2 minutes of warm-up time allowed, unlike the regular season where no warm-up time is allowed.
- Teams can not delay the games for any sort of reason unless discussed with the visiting team beforehand.
Regarding the NHL playoff roster size, there is no limit for a roster in the playoffs. However, the players must be contracted with the franchise.