Lafreniere: ‘Would be an honour’ to be drafted by Sens, ‘it’s a great place to play’

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  • Hockey fans will have to play the waiting game for the NHL draft.
  • The league confirmed Wednesday afternoon it has decided to postpone the 2020 NHL draft scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal along with the annual scouting combine, which was set for June 1-6 in Buffalo, and the NHL awards in Las Vegas that were supposed to be held June 18.
  • With the league schedule on pause because of worldwide concern surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus, the league had no choice but to put off three of its signature events because nobody has any idea when — or if — the NHL will return to finish its regular season, hold the playoffs and crown a Stanley Cup champion.
  • There has been speculation that hockey could be played through the summer.
  • While the Detroit Red Wings currently have the best odds of winning the lottery at 18.5 per cent, the Ottawa Senators have a combined 25 percent chance because they hold their own first-round selection at 13.5 percent and the top pick of the San Jose Sharks at 11.5 percent as a result of the Erik Karlsson deal.
  • Nobody is sure what format the lottery will take, but it wouldn’t make sense to change it if the rest of the regular season is cancelled.
  • Rimouski Océanic forward Alexis Lafreniere is the top-ranked prospect in the draft and is expected to go No. 1 overall to whoever wins the lottery.
  • The 6-1 winger finished with 35-77-112 points in 52 games this season and was also excellent for Team Canada at the world junior championships at Christmas.
  • His season is over because the CHL cancelled its season Monday night.
  • The draft lottery was scheduled to be held April 9 at the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., but that won’t take place until a determination is made on what happens with the season.
Sources & Credits: The Telegram / TSN
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