The 2020 Fantasy Prospects Report is now available! Inside, you'll find team-by-team listings of prospects, as well as fantasy hockey profiles of 2020 draft-eligible players – everyone from Alexis Lafreniere to Alex Laferriere. (By the way, a story seems inevitable about how a noob in someone's league accidentally selects Laferriere instead of Lafreniere … I can't believe how alike the two names are.)
Keep in mind that with the draft likely still months away, the FPR is still a work in progress. Sections such as the mock draft won't be completed until after the draft order is set. Of course, you'll be able to download an updated copy. Even without that, there's still a ton of information to pore over. Get yours by clicking this link!
Late Friday, a report surfaced from the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Vegas has been confirmed as a hub city for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The announcement is expected sometime by June 22. Not the least bit related to hockey (but perhaps of interest if you've been to Vegas at least once), MGM Resorts-owned hotels that are nongaming and nonsmoking have been requested by the league. T-Mobile Arena is co-owned by MGM Resorts. I’m not surprised at all that Vegas would be the first choice, given the sheer volume of hotels and Nevada’s relatively relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
The second hub city is still up in the air. According to Sportsnet, whether it is a Canadian city will depend on how the Canadian government will enforce the 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Canada. Toronto was mentioned as the "preferred" Canadian destination, which I can understand from its proximity to league headquarters and broadcasting networks. However, the COVID-19 situations in both British Columbia and Alberta are more favorable than in Ontario (in other words, far fewer cases even per million), with the premiers of both provinces pushing Vancouver and Edmonton as destinations. I really don’t know which way this will go.
Earlier in the day, the Boston Bruins announced that a player tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. However, two follow-up tests returned negative results, while the player has been asymptomatic.