In a normal year, the middle of August usually represents the dullest time of the hockey calendar. Free agent frenzy is almost completely over, there are still a few weeks until training camp really gets underway and there isn’t even ice at many local rinks. 2020 is not a normal year.
This time around the NHL is playing multiple games every day, eliminated teams are preparing for a condensed offseason and Rod Brind’Amour is getting fined daily. Almost all of the regular dates on the NHL’s calendar have been shifted, but at least one threshold is about to pass normally. That’s the college signing deadline, when those drafted players who have spent four years in the NCAA but failed to sign an NHL entry-level contract can become free agents. These players will hit the open market if not signed by August 15th at 4pm CT.
CapFriendly as always has the full list:
Dean Stewart – 188th overall, 2016
Cameron Clarke – 136th overall, 2016
Matt Filipe – 67th overall, 2016
Luke Martin – 52nd overall, 2017
Luke Stevens – 126th overall, 2015
Max Zimmer – 104th overall, 2016
Ryan Shea – 121st overall, 2015
Cameron Morrison – 40th overall, 2016
Denis Smirnov – 156th overall, 2017