NHL will hold entry draft July 8

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The NHL announced yesterday that the entry draft will be held July 8 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the draft has been reduced from 11 to nine rounds. It will also include a compensatory round for teams that have lost free agents.

The eligiblilty age has been raised from 18 to 19, but 18-year-olds will have the option to opt into the draft. The opt-in rules and deadlines have not been made final.

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