NHL postpones scouting combine, draft, awards

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: Ryan O'Reilly of the St. Louis Blues arrives on the red carpet with the Stanley Cup for the 2019 NHL Awards on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL has scratched some landmark dates from the official league calendar.

It was announced Wednesday that the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, NHL Awards and NHL Draft have been postponed due to “ongoing uncertainty” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

All three events were scheduled for June, with the Scouting Combine originally slated for the first six days of the month, the NHL Awards planned for June 18 in Las Vegas, and the Draft prepped for the last weekend of the month in Montreal.

The NHL added that the location, timing and format of the NHL Draft will be determined at a later date, while seeming to also turn the page on the Awards taking place in Vegas, stating that it looks forward to returning there in the future.

The other associated event that the NHL did not provide updated plans for is the NHL Draft Lottery. 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.

While the Scouting Combine might be inessential to the season and draft, the NHL will need to go through the process of selecting amateur players at some point, and the expectation should be that the league hands out awards as well.

The NHL pressed pause on the season on March 12, and has been unable to provide a firm timetable on resuming activities since shutting down operations.

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