The Philadelphia Flyers, for instance, couldn’t use their ordinary Quebec-area scouts due to journey restrictions, so they’d so as to add workers within the Maritimes.
“It’s been a problem, for positive,” Brent Flahr, Philadelphia’s assistant common supervisor, mentioned in a cellphone interview. “The great factor is that if this had been 15 years in the past, with out the video packages and entry to video now we have, it’d be a good greater downside.”
Canada’s prime three junior leagues, a significant supply of prospects, didn’t go unscathed: The Western Hockey League performed an everyday season however not a postseason; the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League is staging its championship collection; however the Ontario Hockey League didn’t play in any respect.
Middle Mason McTavish, whose father performed briefly within the N.H.L. earlier than having an extended profession in Europe, was a displaced O.H.L. product. McTavish, born in Switzerland however raised in Canada, performed in Switzerland’s second-tier league and completed second in N.H.L. Central Scouting’s North American skater rankings behind Energy.
“As soon as the O.H.L. saved suspending their begin, I got here to the conclusion that they in all probability weren’t going to begin,” he mentioned in a cellphone interview. “So I began trying round in November.”
He added, “I actually needed to verify I used to be going to be seen in my draft 12 months.”
The N.C.A.A. held its championship, gained by Massachusetts, however St. Lawrence, Notre Dame and Michigan had been pressured to withdraw from the event due to Covid-19 protocols.
That disadvantaged the event of Michigan’s three freshman prospects who’re potential prime 10 picks — Energy, middle Matthew Beniers and left wing Kent Johnson. Beniers had decommitted from Harvard with the Ivy League season unsure.