Dates For 2020 NHL Draft And Free Agency Announced

The National Hockey League announced today the dates for the 2020 NHL Draft as well as the opening of free agency.

Free agency will open Friday, Oct. 9, at 12 p.m. ET.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Radko Gudas, Brenden Dillon and Braden Holtby are the Capitals roster unrestricted free agents (UFA’s). They will be free to negotiate with other teams on the aforementioned date unless they are re-signed by the date.

Travis Boyd and Jonas Siegenthaler are the Capitals roster restricted free agents (RFA’s).

Liam O’Brien, Tyler Lewington and Colby Williams are the Capitals non-roster UFA’s (G6). They will be free to negotiate with other teams on the aforementioned date unless they are re-signed by the date.

Group 6 (G6) free agents (must be elected by the player) are players who have reached age 25, who have 3 accrued years of professional experience (that is, beyond junior or collegiate hockey), and whose contracts have expired, but have played less than:

    1. 80 NHL games played for forwards and defensemen.
    2. 28 NHL games played for goaltenders.

Brian Pinho, Shane Gersich and Daniel Sprong are the Capitals non-roster RFA’s.

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 7.


1. New York Rangers
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh Penguins)

Picks 16-31 will be set after completion of Stanley Cup Final

The Capitals will have picks in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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