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NHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policy

Posted at 12:03 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:03:16-04

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has stripped the Arizona Coyotes of two high draft picks for violating the league's scouting combine testing policy.

Arizona loses its second-round pick this year and first-round pick next year after Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization conducted physical testing of 2020 draft-eligible players outside of the combine. The Coyotes don't have a first-round pick this year after trading it to New Jersey for winger Taylor Hall.

Bettman decided to use his powers to take away draft picks rather than impose a fine of $250,000 or more. The league opted not to discipline any individual members of the organization involved in the situation.