Daily NHL News for June 18, 2020
NHL News and Updates
Here’s your daily roundup of all the current NHL news that’s affecting the 2019-20 postseason and beyond. Today we’re checking in on some hub city talk and examining draft items from around the league so let’s jump right in and check out the latest NHL updates. Get Free NHL Picks and NHL Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
NHL Hub City Latest - The NHL is currently in the process of selecting two cities—one for each conference—that will host the league’s postseason games this year. By most indications, Las Vegas is the likely candidate to host the Western Conference games, but the Eastern location is still up in the air.
Initially, it seemed like Pittsburgh and Columbus were 50/50 to land the NHL postseason games, but over the past couple of days the possibility of a Canadian city hosting the festivities has become more realistic. At first the idea of playing games in Canada didn’t seem so feasible; there’s a 14-day isolation period in effect right now for anyone crossing the border, and for NHL players who need to get right back to work don’t have the luxury of that time.
This week, the Canadian government has expressed its desire to work with the league on the issue, saying it was “open” to a site in the country so long as local authorities approve it. All in all, it sounds like there’s still quite a bit of government red tape to go through, but it’s definitely worth trying if all parties can find an amicable solution. The league is expected to make a formal announcement of the hub city locations on Monday, so we’ll keep you updated until then. Expect plenty of rumor and speculation over the weekend.
NHL Draft Lottery Latest - With all the ongoing talk of hub cities and the NHL’s Return to Play, it’s been easy to overlook another very important date on the league’s calendar: June 26, which is the first phase of the NHL Draft Lottery.
That date was initially supposed to be the actual draft, but with everything getting pushed back we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to actually see who goes where. For now we can focus on the lottery itself, and see which team has the best odds at taking consensus top pick Alexis Lafreniere.
Due to the rearranged playoff format and shortened regular season in 2020, things will be a little wacky when it comes to determining draft order this year, so let’s break it down. The first 15 picks will be determined based on 3-6 drawings in two phases. The teams involved will be the seven that didn’t make the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, as well as the eight who lose in the qualifiers. The June 26 First Phase drawing will set the top three teams to select in the draft itself, among those bottom seven teams.
Detroit leads the pack with an 18.5 percent chance at that No. 1 pick, but Ottawa holds the next two spots (one from the Sharks) at 13.5 and 11.5 percent, respectively. After that it’s LA at 9.5 percent, Anaheim at 8.5 percent, New Jersey at 7.5 percent and Buffalo at 6.5 percent.
We’ll keep you updated on the draft schedule as things become clearer, so stay tuned for the daily NHL updates.