Arizona Loses Draft Picks in Scouting Scandal

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Coyotes brass with first-rounder Victor Soderstrom. Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Coyotes brass with first-rounder Victor Soderstrom. Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has handed down its punishment to the Arizona Coyotes for violating league rules on draft testing and it is significant: the Coyotes will forfeit their second-round selection in the 2020 draft and their first-round pick in the 2021 draft.

Arizona was accused of putting draft-eligible players through physical testing during the season, which is against explicit NHL rules: those draft prospects are not supposed to do any workouts with an individual franchise until after the NHL’s official draft combine in the spring (this year’s combine didn’t happen because of the pandemic, but Arizona was already under investigation).