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

The NHL informed the Canadiens on Wednesday that the Entry Draft that had been scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre will be postponed to an alternate date and venue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Detroit Red Wings had clinched the worst overall record before the league suspended play on March 12.

The scouting combine, originally scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo, is where dozens of draft prospects gather for physical fitness testing and interviews with team management personnel.

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While the Detroit Red Wings now have the best odds of winning the lottery at 18.5 per cent, the Ottawa Senators have a combined 25 per cent chance because they hold their own first-round selection at 13.5 per cent and the top pick of the San Jose Sharks at 11.5 per cent as a result of the Erik Karlsson deal. The NHL awards were to go June 18 in Las Vegas. With an abbreviated season and therefore incomplete standings, one of the many things drawing consideration in the league office is a plan for the framework of the lottery, which of course will work in correspondence with the possible resumption of the season.

"Las Vegas has been the home of the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009". It's still too early to get a full idea of what those solutions might look like, but a source said the league would consult with general managers and the board of governors before making a final call on any adjusted draft lottery process.



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