Mixed feelings around hockey about holding NHL draft early

In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada's Alexis Lafreniere practices at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Detroit Red Wings could actually benefit from an adjusted draft lottery that gives them better odds at the top pick, likely Lafreniere. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, FIle)

The NFL’s successful virtual draft and uncertainty surrounding the resumption of hockey this season have raised the possibility of an NHL draft held before the Stanley Cup Final.