NHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policy
NEW YORK The NHL on Wednesday stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players. Losing these picks further handcuffs whoever takes over as Arizona's general manager. The Coyotes already didn't have a first-round pick this year after trading it to New Jersey for winger Taylor Hall, a pending free agent. We were advised today of the NHLs ruling regarding the allegations of physical fitness testing of draft prospects and respect the leagues ruling, the Coyotes said in a statement. The league said the club acknowledged at the outset of that hearing that it had violated policy by conducting its own physical testing on players.