September 11, 2020

NHL Draft set for Oct 6-7

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held on Oct. 6-7, the National Hockey League announced Friday.

The first round will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 6, with Rounds 2-7 held the following day, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The draft will be held virtually. It had been scheduled for Bell Centre in Montreal on June 26-27, but was postponed  due to concerns around the coronavirus.

Alexis Lafreniere, a forward with the Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is the consensus top pick for the 2020 draft. Lafreniere, who helped Canada to gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the leading scorer in the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) for Rimouski, the Paul Dumont Trophy as QMJHL personality of the year, and the Michel Briere Trophy as the most valuable player in the QMJHL.

He was also named the Canadian Hockey League Top Draft Prospect of the Year Award, and recipient of the CHL David Branch Player of the Year Award.

The New York Rangers hold the first overall pick after winning the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Aug. 10.

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