On Friday, 31 players will be selected in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. You may be wondering what is going on, because there are now 32 NHL franchises.
A team violated the rules, just like in the 2020 draft, losing a draft pick. This time is the coveted first round.
So what happened? How were draft picks confiscated?
This is everything you need to know.
Which team had to give up the pick and why?
Early February 2020, Rumors began to circulate that the NHL is investigating Coyotes because they are suspected of violating pre-draft reconnaissance procedures.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, The Canadian Hockey League-the governing body of Canada’s main youth hockey, composed of WHL, OHL and QMJHL-accused the organization of conducting pre-selected physical tests on more than 20 potential players before the 2019 NHL entry draft.it is Later reported by The Athletic ($) USHL, the top youth league in the United States, also has players tested by Coyotes.
This type of testing is illegal when conducted outside of the NHL scout joint window, which is usually conducted in Buffalo in late May or early June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no tests will be conducted in 2020 or 2021.
According to the GamesAccording to reports, when the state of Arizona asked potential customers about their diet, supplement use, and exercise regimen in the pre-joint interview, it did not believe it violated any rules. However, the NHL is concerned about the involvement of strength and fitness consultant Tommy Bowers. According to reports, the Coyotes also require rookies to wear T-shirts and shorts for interviews so that team staff can “observe” their bodies.
“We are aware of these reports. We have discussed this matter with the NHL and we will not comment further at this time.” https://t.co/fMdlErMKn6
-Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2020
On February 8, 2020, Drger reported that there were At least 20 instances Players who qualify for the draft will undergo a physical fitness test through the franchise.
Why did the Coyotes have to give up the draft pick?
After the hearing on August 6, 2020, members of the Coyote and NHL provided testimony, which admitted that physical testing of players eligible for the 2020 draft before the combine was a violation of policy — the league in 2020 It was announced on August 26 that the club would have to give up the pick.
According to the NHL’s statement, the sanctions are implemented in accordance with Article 6.3 of the NHL’s Constitution, which authorizes the commissioner “if he determines that…anyone… has violated the bylaws, by-laws, or other management rules or regulations of any alliance, or has committed or is committing Acts harmful to the league or hockey games.”
The statement added that Article 6.3 authorizes the commissioner to cancel the pick “if the relevant behavior affects the competitiveness of the game.”
Arizona issued the following statement in response: “We have been informed… the NHL’s ruling on allegations of physical fitness testing on draft prospects and respects the league’s ruling. Under the new leadership, we have added thorough internal controls and compliance measures. In order to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future, we will not comment further.”
It is worth noting that the 2019 general manager of the Coyote, John Chayka, resigned in late July, just before the start of bubble hockey. Bill Armstrong was hired as the new general manager in mid-September 2020 and will be in charge this weekend.
Which pick was confiscated?
According to Commissioner Gary Bateman’s ruling, the Coyotes lost their 2020 second-round draft picks (49th overall) and 2021 first-round draft picks, resulting in the 11th overall pick.
In making the ruling, NHL pointed out that Bateman emphasized that this decision was made because the policy was introduced to ensure fair competition and prevent potential customers from being tested multiple times.
“Although the joint testing policy memorandum mentions that’the fine for each violation of the policy is not less than $250,000′, I can decide to impose the above discipline-I think this is more appropriate considering the specific circumstances of the case,” Bateman said .
One negative factor in all of this? For the second year in a row, his name will be selected, and his draft dream will come true this year and next year. There will be someone who was supposed to be in the first round, but will now enter the second round.