With coronavirus outbreak delaying 2019-20 season, NHL postpones 2020 draft, combine, awards show


With the NHL focused on trying to salvage the 2019-20 season, the league on Wednesday night was forced to postpone the 2020 scouting combine, awards show and entry draft.

The combine was originally scheduled for June 1-6, followed by the awards June 18 and the draft June 26-27. The draft was set to be held in Montreal but now the "location, timing and format" will be "announced when details are finalized," per the NHL's statement.

The NHL has been out of action since March 12, when the league suspended the regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak. At the time, the NHL stated that its goal was to "resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup."

With the ongoing delay and the hope of finishing 2019-20, postponing events like the combine, awards show and draft were inevitable.

It remains uncertain when and how the NHL will resume play but playing deeper into the summer certainly looks like an option.

Alain Vigneault's second-place Flyers would love the chance to finish off their 2019-20 resurgence. With 13 games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Flyers sit one point behind the first-place Capitals, sport a 99.7 percent chance to make the playoffs, 30.5 percent chance to win the Metropolitan Division and are projected to finish with 104 to 105 points, per Hockey-Reference.com.

The Flyers haven't finished with 100-plus points since 2011-12, when the club last won a postseason series.

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