NHL Draft, 2021-22 Season Start Date Updates

While the Blackhawks were staging a ridiculous comeback on Wednesday, there was other news for the NHL.

According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL shared on the general managers’ call Wednesday that the League hopes to start the 2021-22 regular season on Oct. 12, which is about a week later than normal.

Also from the report, the 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually again this summer. It is scheduled for July 23-24.

On the international front, the NHL told GMs that, as long as a deal can be reached with the IOC/IIHF, the League is still on board with participating in the Beijing Olympics next February. They were also told that the Men’s World Championships still appear to be happening in Latvia in May. The IIHF canceled the women’s IIHF world championships in Nova Scotia on Wednesday morning.

23 thoughts on “NHL Draft, 2021-22 Season Start Date Updates

  • April 22, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Wonder what effect the virtual draft has on trades with the Gms not being together. Camps would likely start last week of September.
    Must be waiting to get season over before they release the date of draft lottery. Think it was after 1st round of playoffs last year or 2.

  • April 22, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Stay out of the Olympics and why in hell would they go to China?

  • April 22, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Earl- Your cancelled!

  • April 22, 2021 at 9:38 am

    C’mon Earl. Wouldn’t you love to see Matthews center Kane and Debrincat. How about McDavid, Crosby and MacKinnon on the same team? Malkin, Ovechkin, Kucherov? Some really entertaining hockey to be had.

  • April 22, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Putting aside the issue of the host country, I’m in favor of the NHL players playing in the Olympics because I want to see the best level of hockey and the NHL players are the best. Plus it puts all countries on a level “playing field” being able to play their best players regardless what those players do for their “day jobs”.

  • April 22, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Still have time to change everything again in a few weeks .
    It will be nice to have 3 picks in the first 55 maybe 2 picks iff the Hawks move up a 4-5 spots in the first round .but I really think the Hawks will keep those 3 picks.
    Hagel will definitely wear a A on his shirt in the future …thx Stan for signing that kid a big Plus for the future of the Hawks …imagine getting Nylander back with the same Hagel attitude on the ice ….that would change everything for the Hawks.
    Hope to see Shaw retired and take care of his family.
    Would not be surprise to see trade before the Draft.

  • April 22, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Off on a different tangent.

    How about an NFL realignment for the NHL? Back to the Wales and Campbell conferences!

    Wales Conference with four divisions

    1) TB, FL, Caro Nash
    2) NYR, NYI, NJ, Buf
    3) Pitt, Philly, Bos, Wash
    4) Tor, Win, Ott, Mont

    Campbell Conference

    1) Blackhawks, Det, Minn, Columbus
    2) Stl, AZ, Colorado, Dallas
    3) LA, SJ, Ana, Vegas
    4) Cal, Ed, Van, Seattle

    Set up for playoffs. 4 division winners and 4 wild cards. Team with the most points getting in after the divisional champs and re seeding after each round. Lowest point total divisional winner plays highest point total wild card team and so forth.

    You play everyone in the opposite conference twice home and away 32 games
    You play everyone in your conference 3 times 45 games
    You play your divisional opponents 1 extra game becomes an 80 game season. If anyone cries because it’s not 82 games you can play your division opponent another game for an 83 game season.

    Might help on travel and or this mess we are dealing with some how.

    Any thoughts?

  • April 22, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Just a ridiculous Future Watch ranking for the Hawk prospects in The Hockey News this week.
    John Quenneville, Chad Krys and Slava Demin are all in top 10.

    Here’s the reality : Quenneville is no longer a prospect he’s a journeyman, big difference. Kayumov, Slavin and Slaggert are much better forward “ prospects “ at this point. None of those 3 made the top 10.

    Krys is pretty much done. He will play out the final year of his contract next year if healthy, then kick around the AHL.
    Demin is not in the Hawks plans. They view him as a decent college defenseman at best.
    Vlasic and Kaiser are WAY better prospects than Krys and Demin. Neither V or K made the Hawks top 10.

  • April 22, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    To Ebony
    If you really, and I mean really, see a narrative as fact busting, you really do see only one side of an argument.

    In which case I throw up my hands on a lost cause.

    Every time I ask you for fact to back up your argument, you are either silent or you come up with speculation.

    What do I mean?

    You state 2007-08 Hawks had young 2, 7, 19 and 88, but this year’s squad had no such players.

    Did your crystal ball, back in 2007-08, tell you that those guys would be the players they would become?

    If you say yes, you should move to Vegas and start a side business in Sports book.

    What you stated about this year’s squad was pure speculation, when fact is, you flat out do not know if any of these current guys will turn out like 19, 88, 2, 7.

    But what are facts to back up position?

    Just like 2007-08, the 2021 squad is led by an inexperienced coach.

    Just like 2007-08, this 2021 squad is young, talented, and battling for a playoff spot with 9 games to go.

    Just like 2007-08, this 2021 squad, can pour the puck in the net, but struggles keeping it out of their own.
    (See Nikolai Khabibulin.)

    So based purely on historical fact, not swami speculation, this team is at point B, just like 2007-08, when, before the 2008-09 season began, the inexperienced coach got replaced by a coach with his name already on the Cup once.

    Checkmate. You lose again.

    It is ok to play devil’s advocate.
    But come to the table armed with hockey facts, not what you perceive to be fact.

    The latter is the stuff MSNBC and FOX are comprised of.

  • April 23, 2021 at 7:32 am

    PP – here are the facts. Q took over as coach 4 games into the 08/09 season and the Hawks won the Cup the following year. The 08/09 team had ROY Kane who had scored 72 points in 07/08 and Toews who had scored 54 points in 64 games and had established himself as a true #1 center. The 08/09 Keith and Seabrook were already better than anyone currently on the Hawks roster. There is no one on the Hawks roster that can match those 08/09 players, at least not yet and there is nothing but speculation that projects they ever will.

    Do you really think that with a change of coaches the Hawks will be a legitimate Cup contender in the 22/23 season?

  • April 23, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Perimeter its 2021 not 2007. This time frame is marked by a pandemic (last one was 100 years ago) and new teams coming in to make the player protection and salary aspect, especially with less fans very interesting and unusual.
    And to back up Ebony-the fact is 3 players did end up in the top 100 all time-that can be debated as fair or not. But it ain’t happening again. And then Hossa came and he might be the best #4 on a team of all time.
    PP let it go. Time to move on.

  • April 23, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Well that was a nice little rant P.P

    Until we get some super gritty forwards and a couple tough stay at home type d men ,along with a proven Goalie and some consistent coaching systems ..
    We are still a C.

    No crystal ball here friend …just watch them play …

  • April 23, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Ebony, I will answer your last question. HELL NO! This team is not close to being compared to that 1st Championship Team when Q took over. They are a very incomplete product right now and for the foreseeable future. No top pairing Defensemen,No physicality whatsoever,Unless Dach makes the drastic changes necessary,No Top Center on the roster,No top tier or even up and coming Goaltender,I am not buying Lankinen,No Coaching Staff-Please blow the current staff up! The constant that I have seen this season is Hagel night in and out. Hinostroza in a small sample size has exhibited quality play. DeBrincat has transformed his game from a gimmicky sniper to a full time player who can play both ends of the ice. Kalynuk is as solid as advertised and getting better. Kane unfortunately is way overplayed and tired as he is now taking a physical beating on a nightly basis. Needless to say there is a lot of heavy lifting required with this organization to get this team into a Championship conversation.

  • April 23, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Liked it better when the Olympics were purely amateur

  • April 23, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Craig good post, agree that is what a successful development year is about. I want it all and want now is natural but not realistic. Another thing in 2008-09 the salary cap was raising steadily and ability to add big ufa or trade caphits to compensate for lack of drafting from 2007-10 outside the Kane-Toews gimmes was huge. In a flat cap era that will last another 3 or 4 years limits that , although Blwckhawks should be able to do that with their contracts all expiring better than most teams.

    As far as goaltending, with Lankinen looking like he was no. 1 anyways and Subban playing solid in a backup role, that seems set for next year, Commesso had a promising 1st year in Ncaa with a .915 sv% and 2.99 gaa, definitely prospect hope there.

    Another year of development on the blueline should show positive results there, seeing both Dehaan and Zadorov move on wouldn’t be a bad thing to me. Maybe a veteran 7th guy to step if needed in on a team friendly deal, to support the youngsters.

    With not a big roster turnover expected, some likely winger combos we could see are of course Kane-Cat, Hagel- Hino looking good, Kubalik-Suter quite likely. Gaudette-Nylander to start and one give way to Reichel when ready maybe. Carpenter-Connelly may be lost in shuffle, can see Carpenter moved, the oft injured Connelly on ir or buried in mimors. Then a number of younger players who could be ready to claim a spot. Center a big area of concern, Another year of development from Dach, a returning Toews plus Borgstroms development along with Kurashev and Kampf could look alot better. Will Toews be the Toews of a decade ago, obviously not, but last summer while not at 100% from his condition he was one the better players out there, so may still be a solid contributor, his leadership alone will add alot to this team, plus his fo command should still be elite. Agreed if it ends up that Strome and Suter are trying to fill top 3 C roles next year again, it will still be a big void there.

    Wonder if expansion draft will involve a trade again like last time,where Kruger was traded for future considerations, whatever that was, and TVR was taken in draft.

  • April 23, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Scotty Bowman was hired by Rocky to replicate what he achieved in Detroit with this formula (1st Cup examples Red Wings / Blackhawks):
    1. Lock in your core players (Yzerman, Federov, Lidstrom, Shannahan / Seabrook, Keith, Kane, Toews) contractually.
    2. Supplement your roster with veterans while (The Russian 5 / Hossa, Handszus, Rosival, Oduya) while developing younger talent.
    3. Don’t overpay for goalies. ‘B’ level goalies are adequate (Kevin Hodson and Norm Maracle in the 1st Cup and later Vernon, Osgood / Niemi, Crawford). Get rid of the high priced goalies.
    4. Hire an experienced coach with (Scottie F-ing Bowman replaced Bryan Murray after 2 seasons / Q replaced after 2 seasons).

    *Please note the parentheses are meant as examples only and are not an exhaustive study. And, yes, Crow became an elite goalie later.

  • April 23, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Now that we know the formula for building Stanley Cup winners, how do we compare?

    1. Do we have a ‘core’? We have DeBrincat, Murphy and a lot of maybes. Keith and Kane are not likely to get locked in to long term contracts. Although, you never know (e.g. Seabrook).
    2. Are we supplementing our roster with proven veterans or underachievers, castoffs and injury prone players?
    3. We look pretty good on this one. This year’s goaltending has been as good as last year’s 2 star goalies getting $11 million.
    4. Bryan Murray was 124-91-29 in 2 years. If you can upgrade your players, why not your Head Coach?

    Just saying.

  • April 23, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Slight corrections. The 1997-98 Red Wings had Osgood in goal and Federov was part of the Russian 5 ( Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, Slava Fetisov, and Igor Larionov).

  • April 23, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    WIJG good analysis, think in another year, should have a better idea on no. 1 as to which other hopefuls are looking the part of future core. Good question what Kane and Toews next contract will look like. Certainly the way Kane performing, there is no logical reason to expect he is taking a pay cut, nor should he. As for Colliton, he seems to be safe for another year at least before any change might happen, reasonable suggestion though.

  • April 23, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you Ebony for FINALLY providing facts.
    You, in turn, can thank Google for providing those facts, right?

    I didn’t need Google for mine. My 20+ year season tickets was my Google back then.

    And again, there was no way you could know the 2007-08 big guys would turn out like they did.

    Not unless you could see the future.

    Checkmate still.
    You lose.

    Hey Noonan, history is our greatest teacher.

    If you don’t know that, then you might as well turn on the Masked Singer, cuz this squad will be the exact same next year under this coach.

    You can let it go if you want.
    That is accepting the status quo to me.

    And the Status quo right now on this team is lower middle tier.

    Status quo was what Dollar Bill provided for decades.

    Screw Status Quo.
    That is for losers.

  • April 24, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    PP, you really come off as a pompous asshole, this is a great board, most everyone treats each other with respect. Give that a try…
    You lose

  • April 24, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Perimiter Player,

    This new crop of Hawks aren’t replacing 2, 7, 19 & 88. We will still have 3/4th of those. Kurashev, Hagle, Kubalik, Suter, Hinistroza, Debrincat, etc., would hypothetically be replacing Adam Burish, Cam Barker, Versteeg, etc. I’m not buying my Cup tickets just yet, but something seems to be building here if only we could start adding a little more size and toughness to the recipe. Some of the Hawks most recent signings seem to be going in that direction.

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