Yzerman hopes NHL delays draft to allow prospects chance to play
Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman believes the 2021 NHL Draft should be delayed in order to give the eligible prospects who've had their seasons delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to play.
"I would hope they push it back, and give us a chance to watch these kids and give these kids a chance to play and put their best foot forward leading up to the draft," Yzerman said Monday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
It was reported earlier this month the NHL has had conversations about pushing back the 2021 draft - which is scheduled for July 23 - until the summer of 2022, which means the league would hold back-to-back drafts.
Although the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and NCAA seasons began months ago, the Western Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League have yet to begin their respective 2020-21 campaigns.
The Ontario government is currently working with the OHL on a plan for the season, according to CTV's Josh Pringle. The WHL has set return dates for each of its divisions and will have all teams in action by March 19.
Yzerman's rebuilding Red Wings sit 29th in the league heading into Monday's action and are likely to own a high lottery pick for the 2021 draft.