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The 2020 NHL Draft could happen before the 2019-20 season resumes, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, but nothing is set in stone yet. It would be done online.
This would obviously impact the order of draft selection. For the full league standings at the time that the NHL paused its season on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, click here. The Detroit Red Wings already secured last place as it entered the pause 23 points behind the 30th-ranked Ottawa Senators with 11 games left.
Among the many possibilities Bill Daly says the NHL has discussed for the draft, one is to hold the draft in June before the potential season resuming. There are some obvious complications with that, draft order and conditional picks, etc, but it’s being discussed as an option
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 21, 2020
Another thing to keep in mind is that teams dealt conditional picks for this year’s draft throughout the course of time depending on the season result for their club and/or whether a pending unrestricted free agent they acquired at the trade deadline re-signs with them.
The NHL has likely discussed the fate of pending unrestricted free agents, who’s contracts technically expire on July 1, but nothing has come out regarding that matter.
The NFL canceled their draft in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was set to happen in late April, because of the coronavirus pandemic last month but will hold it online.
The NHL announced on March 25 that the combine, draft, and awards show in Las Vegas have all been postponed. Commissioner Gary Bettman has shown his commitment to crown a 2020 Stanley Cup Champion and play a full season next year. Next season could be pushed back a month as this one could be dragged into August or September depending on the status of the pandemic.
The 2020 NHL Draft was originally set to happen June 26-27 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
By Harrison Brown