Draft: How does it work? – NHL Sports

A draft of the 2021 Elite Series will be held on Monday, March 8th at 7:00 pm. This is the first time in the elite league. Here’s an overview of how everything works!

Protected player
Each of the four teams playing in the 2021 Elite Series protects five players, who are already assigned to those teams in the series. To protect a player, you must have played for that team in 20/20 2019, signed the team in the 2020/21 season before being canceled, or have already signed a contract in the 2021/22 season. Based on this, each team’s protection list will be pre-approved by Mike Hicks, EIHL’s Head of Hockey Operations.

Dual national
For the purposes of this series, all bilateral players on the “Long List” of the Petrassel World Championships are considered British players and can also be protected. This was decided to help Team GB prepare for the World Championships as much as possible.

List size
The elite series match day roster size is set for 20 players, 18 skaters and 2 netminders. With 5 protected British players and up to 8 imports allowed, the team will need to draft at least 7 additional British players on Monday night.

Who will be drafted?
About 70 British players are interested in playing in the elite series. These players are made up of players on the “long list” of the 2021 IIHF World Championships of British head coach Petrassel and those who want to play.

Not all players will be drafted. Similarly, teams can draft players but choose not to use them. Teams can also draft players who are still contracted in other leagues, but they can only use those picks when the player’s season ends elsewhere. These are all points that four head coaches need to take into account.

Draft order
Four head coaches, Aaron Fox, Danny Stewart, Ryan Finati and Tim Wallace (Director Hockey Guy Dusset), drafted based on each team’s point percentage for the 2019/20 season. We jointly agreed to reverse each order. Then round under the so-called “Snake Draft” system. This means that in Round 1, the order will be:

  1. Manchester Storm
  2. Nottingham Panthers
  3. Coventry Blaze
  4. Sheffield Steelers

The Steelers have the first choice in Round 2, followed by Blaze for picking, Panthers for third, and Storm for fourth. Manchester will return to the first choice in Round 3, Shefield, Round 4, etc., as detailed below.

Round 2: She, Cov, Not, Man
Round 3: Cov, not a man, she
Round 4: She, Cov, Not, Man
Round 5: Cov, not a man, she
Round 6: She, Cov, Not, Man
Round 7: Man, not Cov, she

And so on until there are no more teams to draft players.

After the draft is done, the team can exchange picks. Such deals will be announced through the Elite League.

How can I see it?
The draft will take place on Monday, March 8th at 19:00. Livestreamed on the Elite League Facebook page.

– NHL Sports

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