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Detroit Red Wings will have to wait on draft placement, with NHL postponing lottery

As expected, the Detroit Red Wings will not find out where they will hold their first pick in the 2020 draft on April 9.

The coronavirus pandemic that led the NHL to pause the 2019-20 season on March 12 has forced the postponement of the draft lottery, as well as the scouting combine, NHL awards show, and the draft. The announcement was made by the NHL on Wednesday.

The league and its players association holds out hope of finishing the season, even if the COVID-19 crisis means postponing the season until August and awarding the Stanley Cup in September.