NHL Postpones Combine, Awards & 2020 Draft

NHL postpones 2020 draft amid coronavirus pandemic

The draft lottery was scheduled to be held April 9 at the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., but that won't take place until a determination is made on what happens with the season.

The NHL has postponed three key offseason events, with the draft, scouting combine, and awards show pushed back due to coronavirus concerns, the league announced Wednesday.

The NHL is considering all of its options, which is rumoured to possibly include playing games in July and August for the first time ever.

No new dates have been set for any of the events. Nobody is sure what format the lottery will take, but it wouldn't make sense to change it if the rest of the regular season is cancelled.

The NHL isn't the first US sports league that has had to alter its draft plans.

While the Scouting Combine might be inessential to the season and draft, the NHL will need to go through the process of selecting amateur players at some point, and the expectation should be that the league hands out awards as well.

With play now on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hockey League announced the postponement of three high-profile events in June, when the Stanley Cup playoffs typically reach their climax.

The NHL has said that it is committed to completing a full 82-game season in 2020-21, meaning that this season can't run too long.

The NHL has never canceled a draft since it was first held in 1963.



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