The NHL announced today that the 2020 Entry Draft in Montreal, the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, and the Scouting Combine in Buffalo have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The @NHL has announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft. https://t.co/m0mXPAyIhN #NHLCombine #NHLDraft #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/iWZjW1Yw1f— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 25, 2020
The Scouting Combine was to be held June 1-6 in Buffalo, the end of season NHL Awards June 18 in Las Vegas, and the 2020 NHL Entry Draft June 26-27 in Montreal.
The league has indicated that it will still hold the draft lottery and the draft itself, however the format and dates of those events are being discussed with an announcement following shortly after being finalized.
This will be the first year since 1980 that the NHL Entry Draft will not be held as a live event with the exception of the 2005 Draft on the heels of a full-season lockout.