NHL investigating Arizona Coyotes for allegedly ‘health testing’ draft-eligible prospects, per report

The NHL is reportedly investigating the Arizona Coyotes group for alleged recruiting violations concerning how the membership could deal with its pre-draft scouting course of.

In line with TSN’s Darren Dreger, the investgation issues the Coyotes allegedly placing draft-eligible Canadian Junior League prospects via health testing effectively forward of the 2020 NHL draft. Dreger initially tweeted out his report of the investigation’s existence Thursday earlier than increasing on it in TSN’s “Insider Buying and selling” section.

Dreger stated the three leagues that make up the CHL — the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Main Junior Hockey League — have despatched emails to their respective groups asking them to report any contact between them and the Coyotes group. Whereas he cited solely unnamed sources, Dreger stated that a number of CHL groups have alleged contact with Arizona concerning bodily testing of their gamers.

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Arizona Coyotes:

“We’re conscious of the studies. Now we have mentioned the matter with the NHL and we could have no additional remark at the moment.” https://t.co/fMdlErMKn6

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2020

The NHL holds its personal mix prior to every 12 months’s draft during which eligible prospects work out and have alternatives to interview with groups in efforts to differentiate themselves from the pack. In line with Dreger, the league very clearly states that groups could not conduct any kind of bodily checks earlier than the mix.

If the league determines the Coyotes are responsible of this violation — and Dreger reminded that the investigation stays ongoing — the franchise may face fines of $250,000 or extra per incident.

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