Springfield, Illinois – In a normal summer, the NAHL draft would be long in the rearview mirror. The draft is held annually at the beginning of June, giving team’s plenty of time to address concerns before the season begins. However, as we all know, 2020 has had different plans and we are now one week away from this year’s draft.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAHL adjusted the timeline for events this summer. On April 10th the league announced that the annual draft would be divided into two parts: a Supplemental Draft to be held on May 12th and the regular Entry Draft on July 21st.
The Supplemental Draft consisted of 81 selections with each of the 27 member teams receiving three picks each. The Entry Draft will be held as it usually is with teams turning in a protected roster in order to determine how many picks they will receive. The order of the Entry Draft will not be impacted based on the Supplemental Draft.
The 2020 NAHL Supplemental Draft gave us a brief break from the ongoing chaos caused by COVID-19 and we selected two forwards and one defenseman to help round out our core group of returners and tenders. Blue liner Grayson Velente and forward Austin Spiridakis both played for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the BCHL last season, while forward Liam Svensson played for the Malmo Redhawks J20 team in Sweden.
The Entry Draft will take place next Tuesday July 21st at 1 pm and can be followed in several different ways.
- Event will be broadcasted live on HockeyTV for FREE
- League will announce selections on Twitter (@NAHLHockey)
- Follow along live with each pick on nahldraft.com
In addition to the league providing updates throughout the draft, we will be posting to all of our social media channels to keep our fans up to date on who has been selected. For more information on the Draft, please visit the NAHL website and find the “NAHL Draft” section under the “Play in the NAHL” tab.