National Hockey League postpones draft, combine, awards due to coronavirus

  • National Hockey League postpones draft, combine, awards due to coronavirus

National Hockey League postpones draft, combine, awards due to coronavirus

With the 2019-20 season on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL on Wednesday postponed three upcoming events: the scouting combine in Buffalo, the NHL Awards in Las Vegas and the NHL draft in Montreal.

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.

When the NHL suspended play earlier this month, both Southland teams were in the bottom five of the league's standings.

When that will take place, and how the teams will evaluate potential prospects, however, remains to be seen.

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

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 Awards Show was scheduled for June 18 in Las Vegas. For those outside the playoff bubble, it's all about the NHL Draft. 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).