The NHL Entry Draft is one of the most anticipated events in hockey season, at least if you are someone like me who thoroughly enjoys the buildup that comes with it. While the fate behind the remaining 2019-20 season remains a mystery, the draft offers reliability as the one event that will run under any circumstances. Rain or shine, night or day, and virus or none. With that being said, the event still comes with its own set of unknowns. The two large question marks being how and when does this event make sense.
It seems likely, at this point, that we will see some sort of virtual event, much like the NFL did in their draft just last week. Which, if you ask me, is just fine. Aside from feeling awful for the prospects who will now have to miss out on a giant moment in their careers, a virtual draft seems like a workable option. As unfortunate as it is for all who are involved, I think we can all agree that we will take what we can get right now. Safety takes precedence and if it can’t be done in a manner that is so, then virtual is what it should be at the end of the day.
Now for the WHEN. There are many factors that will go into finalizing this decision, and I personally do not see an option that is going to make everyone happy.
With that in mind, in this week’s installment of The Journey, I thought I would dive into a few of the options that have been brought to the table. While there are many, I will focus on only a few of the top ideas and evaluate some of the pro vs cons that come with each of them.
Before we dive in, it’s important to note that all of this of course balances on the decision the league makes in regards to the remaining season. So for now, it’s important to keep an open mind and assume that we know nothing.
Option 1 – Keep the draft in June with the season in July
One of the avenues that has been circling through the media is keeping the event to a June date (exact date TBD). In this option, the final fate of the season is still uncertain, however, they could still try and play out the season in July.
Finally something to do
One of the first and major pros to this option would be for all of us stuck a