National Hockey League postpones events; draft and lottery format to change?

Ross Houston
March 26, 2020

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.

The league confirmed Wednesday afternoon it has chose to postpone the 2020 NHL draft scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal along with the annual scouting combine, which was set for June 1-6 in Buffalo, and the NHL awards in Las Vegas that were supposed to be held June 18.

The NHL halted its season on March 12.

No new date for any of the events was announced, adding another layer of uncertainty to an offseason that could be crucial to both the Kings' and Ducks' rebuilds.

It remains to be seen if the league will hand out awards if the remainder of the season is indeed cancelled, though the draft and draft lottery must take place at some point at the end of the season. If the regular season isn't completed, they will both be set for high lottery picks in the draft.

The ombine was scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo, N.Y. The draft was originally slated for June 26-27 in Montreal.

The possibility exists that the league could hold a scaled-down version of the draft like it did in a ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa in 2005 after the lockout and then hold a full draft in Montreal next year. The Awards had been scheduled for June 18.

"Las Vegas has been the home of the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009".

The Canadiens now hold 14 picks for the draft, including one in the first round, three in the second round, two in the third round and three in the fourth round.

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