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No “good reason” to retain the NHL draft before the end of the season

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The NHL has yet to make a decision on when or how to hold its draft, scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal. The same goes for the NHL draw, originally scheduled for April 9, before it was postponed due to the shutdown of COVID-19.

Steve Yzerman (Photo: Todd McInturf, Detroit News)

But while league officials continue to play scenarios to try to end the regular season and organize a playoff version of the Stanley Cup this summer, they have also left open the possibility of a virtual draft. even before that. It was discussed on a conference call with NHL game managers last week, and Gary Bettman then spoke at length about this and various other options being explored in an interview with Sportsnet.

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Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman, whose team has the worst league record and a healthy shot at the first draft pick, is not convinced it is the right idea.

“I think in the end they will decide what makes the most sense based on the ultimate conditions,” said Yzerman in a live Facebook interview preceding Fox Sports Detroit’s replay of the Stanley Cup victory of the Red Wings in Game 4 in 1997. ”Obviously, the draft never took place before the end of the Stanley Cup or the end of the season. We don’t know when it will happen. It was just suggested that you know, we have all of these things on the list, “Should we consider getting the draft out early?” “

“My thought is why would you do this, why would you need to do it?” There are obviously many things that are affected. The draft position has not been established, we do not know who is in the playoffs, or who is out of the playoffs, in some cases. So if there are a lot of questions, and ultimately if it needs to be done before, we will find out. But right now, my opinion is that I haven’t really heard a good reason why we should do it before the end of the season, if we end the season in the summer. ”

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