The virtual NFL draft was considered a success last week, but there is plenty of talk surrounding the NHL draft. Due to the fact that the NHL season is currently on hold and is not fully completed, this causes more problems.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly stated via email Sunday, “I believe we can conduct an effective draft virtually.”
Daly also went on to add, “We are evaluating the possibility of moving the date of the draft up into June. We have not reached a decision on that yet. Don’t have any more details than that.” (via Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Sam Carchidi).
The NHL draft was originally scheduled to take place this summer, June 26-27 in Montreal, but the league announced as of March 25th that the draft is currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many players are hopeful that the draft takes place, including Alexis Lafreniere. Lafreniere is most likely going to be the #1 pick in the 2020 draft. The 6’1”, 192 pound right winger is well known around the hockey world. The 18 year-old is coming off an incredible season, where he scored 35 goals and tallied 77 assists for a total of 112 points in just 52 games.
Furthermore, the NHL is optimistic that they will be able to re-open facilities and conduct practices by the mid-to-late May time frame. Barring any setbacks, the NHL should be able to do so. For now, players and coaching staff are told to remain in isolation until they are allowed to return to the ice.