National Hockey League postpones draft, combine and awards

A general view of the draft floor prior to the first round of the 2019 NHL draft at Rogers Arena on June 21 in Vancouver

A general view of the draft floor prior to the first round of the 2019 NHL draft at Rogers Arena on June 21 in Vancouver

The NHL announced the postponement of its draft, scouting combine and annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, the latest major events to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been speculation that hockey could be played through the summer. That assured them of having the best draft lottery odds (18.5 percent chance to land the top pick, 49.4 percent chance of selecting in the top three, can draft now lower than fourth). 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. The 18-year-old posted 35-77-112 totals in 52 games this season with the Océanic. His season is over because the CHL cancelled its season Monday night. "With respect to the Bridgestone NHL Awards, the League looks forward to returning to Las Vegas in the future".

"While today's news is disappointing for fans of hockey in general and those here in Montreal in particular, this is the right decision to make under the circumstances", France Margaret Belanger, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer for Groupe CH, said in a news release. Major League Baseball is reportedly considering skipping its 2020 draft, originally scheduled for June 10-12, in order to save money in what will likely be a shortened season.

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