NAHL Supplemental Draft takes place in less than a week
The 2020 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Supplemental Draft takes place in less than a week and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th at 1pm (central).
The Supplemental Draft will consist of 81 selections with each of the 27 NAHL Teams receiving three picks. The draft order will be determined by the order of the NAHL Entry Draft. In addition, each NAHL team will be been given an additional tender on May 13th, which can be used following the Supplemental Draft.
Fans and players will be able to follow the draft one of three ways:
1) Follow online at nahldraft.com
2) Follow each selection on twitter at: @NAHLHockey
3) Listen to a free live broadcast of the draft on HockeyTV
Here are some important reminders and informational bits about the draft as it approaches:
Back on April 10th, the NAHL Board of Governors approved changes to the NAHL Player Procurement System due to unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which prematurely ended the 2019-20 season and subsequent postponement of NAHL team Pre-Draft Evaluation Camps and NAHL Combines.
"The Supplemental Draft is necessary to serve as an additional outlet for teams to make decisions on how players performed in the 2019-20 season. A lot of time and effort has gone into scouting and recruiting. This way teams can make some decisions early,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “Equally as important, the rescheduling of the NAHL Entry Draft was necessary to allow teams time to make decisions on how players perform at team tryout camps. Players develop over the summer and some of the best players in the NAHL are discovered through the tryout process."
Who is eligible for the NAHL Supplemental Draft?
Amateur players less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2020 who are not listed on an NAHL team roster or are listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2019-20 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2020 NAHL Supplemental Draft are eligible for selection in the draft.
Do I have to register for the draft?
No. If you are eligible for the draft, each team will draft individual players largely based upon scouting throughout the season and/or a team's needs.
How many players can each team select in the NAHL Supplemental Draft?
Each NAHL team has three (3) selections in the NAHL Supplemental Draft
What is the order of the NAHL Supplemental Draft?
Eligible teams shall make selections in each round in reverse order of their finish in the 2019-20 NAHL regular-season standings. New member clubs shall have their order of selection determined by lottery. If there is only one new member club, it shall have the first selection in each round.
Do prospective NAHL players have to register for the NAHL Supplemental Draft?
No, there is no registration process to be eligible for the NAHL Supplemental Draft.
Are drafted players eligible to try out for other NAHL teams?
Unless agreed upon in writing by the two NAHL teams, tendered or drafted players are not eligible to try out for other NAHL teams.
Are drafted players eligible to try out for teams in other junior leagues?
Yes, all tendered and drafted players are eligible to try out for any team in any league other than the NAHL in the U.S. and Canada.
Will the results of the NAHL Supplemental Draft be posted on NAHL.com?
Yes, the results of the NAHL Supplemental Draft will be posted on NAHLDraft.com in its entirety upon completion.
Will the NAHL Supplemental Draft be broadcast?
Yes, the NAHL Supplemental Draft is scheduled to be broadcast with live round-by-round coverage on HockeyTV, official broadcast partner of the NAHL.
Will all NAHL tenders signings be posted on NAHL.com?
No, all tender signing will not be posted on NAHL.com. NAHL teams may make their tender signings public, but are not required to do so.
What if a prospective player is not drafted, but is still interested in playing the NAHL?
Players not drafted but who still want to play in the NAHL are still eligible for selection in the NAHL Entry Draft on July 21st. After that, are encouraged to attend individual team's open tryout camps.