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Wings GM Steve Yzerman In Self-Isolation After COVID-19 Exposure

Oct 7, 2020 12:43 AM

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is spending the NHL's two-day draft in self-isolation after recently being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Yzerman is experiencing no symptoms, and he has had multiple negative test results, the team said Tuesday, a little more than an hour before the first round of the draft was set to begin.

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Kings Make Quinton Byfield Highest-Drafted Black Player

Oct 6, 2020 9:36 PM

Center Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves was taken No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, making him the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history.

"Quinton is an exceptional young man and talented player with a very bright future," Kings general manager Rob Blake said. "We're proud to be adding him to our organization and look forward to the next stages of his development and a promising career in L.A."

Byfield, 18, is a native of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. His father, Clinton, is originally from Jamaica.

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Rangers Select Alexis Lafreniere With The First Pick In The 2020 Draft

Oct 6, 2020 9:30 PM

The New York Rangers selected left wing Alexis Lafreniere of the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic with the first pick in the 2020 NHL draft on Tuesday. The Rangers had never previously selected with the first overall pick in the entry draft era, which began in 1979.

Lafreniere, who will turn 19 on Sunday, was the consensus top prospect in this draft class after putting together a remarkable and decorated season between his efforts with Rimouski in a shortened season and for Team Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. He led the QMJHL in scoring with 112 points in just 52 games, earning league MVP honors for the second straight season. 

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NHL Moves Up Draft To October 6-7; Free Agency To Begin October 9

Sep 11, 2020 6:30 PM

The NHL on Friday moved its draft up to Oct. 6-7 and set an Oct. 9 start for free agency.

The first round of the draft will be Oct. 6, with the New York Rangers on the clock and Alexis Lafreniere the consensus top option for the No. 1 pick. The remaining rounds will take place Oct. 7, and all the drafting will be done virtually.

Free agency begins at noon Eastern two days later. And after the league and NHL Players' Association agreed to a collective bargaining agreement extension, there won't be an interview period in the days leading to the start of the free-agent frenzy.

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Coyotes Forfeit Two Draft Picks For Combine Violations

Aug 28, 2020 1:29 AM

The Arizona Coyotes will forfeit their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the NHL's combine testing policy, the league announced Wednesday.

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Expected No 1 Pick Alexis Lafreniere To Skip QMJHL Season

Aug 13, 2020 7:19 PM

Alexis Lafreniere, expected to be the No. 1 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, will not report to training camp with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League or play for a team in Europe this fall.

The 18-year-old forward will train for the start of the 2020-21 NHL season near his home in Saint-Eustache, Quebec.

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Rangers Win NHL Draft Lottery, Right To Select Alexis Lafreniere

Aug 11, 2020 2:34 AM

The New York Rangers won Monday's NHL draft lottery -- and the right to select consensus No. 1 pick Alexis Lafreniere.

"Really good news," Lafreniere said in an interview on NHL Network. "Rangers are an unreal team with really good players and a really nice city. So for sure it's really good news, and I'm really happy."

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No. 1 Pick In NHL Draft Lottery Still Up For Grabs

Jun 27, 2020 1:20 AM

Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft.

After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he'd be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he'll have to wait.

Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs -- if play resumes.

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Bettman: NHL Has Discussed Four-Arena Plan, Draft

Apr 23, 2020 2:26 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman discussed a potential four-arena plan for a season restart, a draft held before the season is completed and fans returning to games during a wide-ranging interview with Sportsnet on Wednesday.

"Anything we're considering doing starts with health and well-being, whether it's the players or other personnel or fans or the community at large. Everybody is going through a tough time," Bettman told Ron MacLean on "In Conversation."

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Lightning Send J.T. Miller To Canucks For Draft Picks

Jun 22, 2019 4:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning earned a little breathing room under the NHL salary cap by shipping forward J.T. Miller to the Canucks on Saturday.

Miller was moved for goalie Marek Mazanec, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft and a conditional first-round pick in either 2020 or 2021. Tampa Bay used the third-rounder on Swedish goaltender Hugo Alnefelt.

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Seven U.S.-Born Players Go Top-15 In NHL Draft
The seven U.S.-born players selected on Friday night is an all-time high for Americans in the modern draft.

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Devils Select Jack Hughes As First Overall Pick In NHL Draft
Jack Hughes, 18, from Orlando, is the eighth American selected first overall in the NHL Draft.

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Devils Beat Odds To Win NHL Draft Lottery
With the third-best odds, the Devils won the NHL draft lottery for the second time in three years.

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Potential Top Pick Jack Hughes To Attend NHL Draft Lottery
Jack Hughes is planning to attend the lottery results event in Toronto on Tuesday night, with the Avalanche having the best odds to land the first-pick.

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NHL Moves 'Jack Hughes' Sweepstakes Up To April 9
American center Jack Hughes is considered to be the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL Draft.

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Capitals Trade Picks To Kings For Carl Hangelin
The Kings will receive a 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional sixth-round pick from the Capitals.

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Projected No. 1 Pick Won't Play In Five Nations Tournament
Jack Hughes has a lower body injury and won't play with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program under-18 team at the 2019 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in Sochi, Russia, from February 5-9.

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Capitals Trade Orpik, Grubauer To Avs
The Capitals cleared salary cap space and found a potential starting goaltender in a deal with the Avalanche on Friday.

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Sabres Make Rasmus Dahlin First Overall Pick
The Hurricanes selected Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov with the second pick in Friday's NHL Draft.

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Stars To Host 2018 NHL Draft
The Dallas Stars will host the NHL Draft for the first time on June 22-23, 2018 at American Airlines Center.

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Nolan Patrick Had Second Abdominal Surgery Before Draft
Flyers No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick is expected to return to full activity in four to six weeks.

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Devils Take Hischier; Flyers Grab Patrick, Vegas Selects Glass
Nico Hischier led Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookies with 38 goals and 86 points for the Halfax Mooseheads.

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GM McPhee: Vegas Making Moves Before Expansion Draft
George McPhee says the Golden Knights have made "at least" a half a dozen transactions before the upcoming Expansion Draft.

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Blue Jackets Send 2nd Round Pick To Canucks For John Tortorella
The Blue Jackets' pick in the second round is No. 55 overall.

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Kings Trade Ben Bishop To Stars For Draft Pick
The Kings now have a total of eight picks in this year's NHL Draft on June 23-24.

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Devils Win NHL Draft Lottery; Vegas Golden Knights To Pick 6th
The New Jersey Devils vaulted over four teams for the right to the first pick in the NHL draft.

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Vegas Golden Knights Open To Deals Before Expansion Draft
Golden Nights are open to acquiring draft picks to begin stockpiling for roster depth.

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Toronto To Host NHL Draft Lottery April 29
The NHL Draft Lottery will consist of 15 teams this year.

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Kings Send Tom Gilbert To Capitals For Draft Pick
The Kings have received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Capitals.

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Leafs Select Auston Matthews With Top Pick
Auston Matthews is the first player selected first overall born in the United States since Patrick Kane in 2007.

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