There is no way they could just cancel the 2005 draft and/or merge it with 2006. Picks have been dealt already and it wouldn't be fair and there would be a lot of protest from teams that it effected negatively.
I could imagine they might delay it until a new CBA is in place then proceed to have a draft with all 2005 eligible players, whether it be in the actualy calander year of 2006 or not. And then have a 2006 draft afterwards.
This topic was discussed on the Leafs board today. \http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=78617 I wouldn't mind seeing the NHL just keep business closed and get the draft age backed up to 20, where it was before the WHA frigged it up.
Last edited by MacDaddy TLC*: 05-18-2004 at 09:17 PM.
There may never be another Entry Draft after 2004, as its existence is one of the items on the CBA negotiation table. Certainly many agents would like to see it abolished and their clients become unrestricted free agents at 18.
The one thing that is certain is that if there is no CBA there is no draft. The CBA dictates the rules in which the draft is run, everything from the number of rounds to who is considered eligible.
It all depends on when the CBA is resolved, if it was resolved next year during the summertime, I would imagine they would reschedule it, but if we miss 1.5-2 seasons of hockey I would expect them to merge with the next draft in 2006.
It's hard to tell what they would do with draft order, but I could see another lotto system used to give the teams a little slide in the order. Maybe if they had it so every team could slide up to 4 picks up in the draft order, and they would draw the order for every team with no team slipping more than 4 picks. I would not expect them to keep the same order as the 2004 draft, and would at very least expect them to re-draw the lotto picks already made.
Re-drawing the whole draft is flawed in my opinion because some teams can be expected to have good seasons and would benefit too much from drawing a lucky high pick. That's why I think you have to put a limit to the movement.