Dent in the pipeline: NHL draft-eligible players take a hit

Several North Amercian hockey leagues were unable to hold full seasons or play at all because of the coronavirus pandemic. That put a dent in hockey’s developmental pipeline. Some draft-eligible players relocated to Europe just to show their development. On Tuesday, the Ontario Hockey League abandoned its plans to play this season. U.S. college, European and the other three Canadian junior leagues got on the ice, making the evaluation of teenagers an even more difficult job.