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

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

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.

While so much of the conversation on what an eventual National Hockey League season might look like focuses on potential playoff formats for the teams at the top of the standings, those at the bottom might have a different focus. 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.

It appears the NHL Awards Show will not take place this year. The ombine was scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo, N.Y. The draft was originally slated for June 26-27 in Montreal.

The NHL isn't the first USA sports league that has had to alter its draft plans. The Awards had been scheduled for June 18. Las Vegas has hosted the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009.

The NHL has never canceled a draft since it was first held in 1963. If the National Hockey League is indeed able to resume play and finish this season (with or without fans in attendance), it's believed that the postseason would include dates as late as August (and maybe even September).

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