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Mixed feelings around hockey about holding NHL draft early

The NHL would face several issues. Teams would not be able to trade players.
Credit: AP
FILE - This is a March 12, 2020, file photo showing Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club in Washington. Get used to the concept of pods and pucks if the NHL is going to have any chance of completing its season, with the most likely scenarios calling for games in empty, air-conditioned arenas during the dog days of summer. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

The NFL’s success virtually drafting players and uncertainty surrounding the hockey this season have led to the possibility of the NHL holding its draft before awarding the Stanley Cup.

The NHL is considering having it earlier in June. There are mixed feelings among executives about the idea.

The NHL would face several issues. Teams would not be able to trade players.

There would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap. The draft order could also be determined before all games are played.

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