As expected, OHL forward Quinton Byfield went second to Los Angeles, making him the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history. The hint: With the 3rd choice in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators choose this gamer. Ruling Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joins quarterback Cam Newton, whose positive result last Saturday knocked him out of New England's game vs. Kansas City and triggered it to be pushed back to Monday. Rather, 9 gamers and a total of 20 group members have actually now checked favorable since Sept. 29. The players and staff from the QMJHL's Blainville-Boisbriand Armada have been placed in seclusion for 14 days and the group's activities are suspended indefinitely.

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The NHL off-season is underway

The first round of the (virtual) draft last night ended up being light on surprises however still delivered some intriguing minutes. As anticipated, Quebec junior star Alexis Lafrenière was chosen first overall by the Rangers. As anticipated, OHL forward Quinton Byfield went second to Los Angeles, making him the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history. Here are the other biggest hits from opening night of the draft:

Coolest moment:University of Ottawa graduate Alex Trebek revealed the Senators' top choice Jeopardy!-design. The idea: With the third choice in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators pick this gamer. The right reaction: Who is Tim Stuetzle? See Trebek's cameo here.

Prettiest minute:The San Jose Sharks revealed the final choice of the preliminary in sign language. It was a tribute to draftee Ozzy Wiesblatt's mommy, who is deaf and a single mom to five kids. How do you sign "I'm not sobbing, you're sobbing?"

Best wishful thinking:Commissioner Gary Bettman exposed that the NHL and the gamers' union have agreed to target New Year's Day for the start of next season. The old tentative start date was Dec. 1. Bettman said the league and the gamers have not found out how it'll work but they wish to have a "full regular season, and to have fans in the building."

Most intriguing trade:None of the stars rumoured to possibly be available (Patrik Laine, Johnny Gaudreau, etc.) got dealt. However the Montreal Canadiens made a semi-big relocation by sending centre Max Domi to Columbus for winger Josh Anderson. Domi is a limited totally free representative. He had a dynamite first year with Montreal in 2018-19, ending up with 28 goals/72 points in 82 games. But his production dipped to 17/44 in 71 games this year. Anderson had only four points in 26 games this season, but he scored 27 objectives the year before and has the sort of size (6-foot-3, 222 pounds) that NHL GMs always fall in love with. Learn more about the most fascinating stuff from the preliminary of the draft here.

Rounds 2-7 are occurring today, which suggests more wheeling and dealing. Two significant trades had actually been made since our publish time:

Ottawa obtained two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Matt Murray.He was a vital part of Pittsburgh's back-to-back Cup groups in 2016 and '17. He's a restricted free representative and the Penguins signalled they were moving on when they re-signed Tristan Jarry to a three-year deal a couple of days ago. The Senators provided up forward prospect Jonathan Gruden and the 52nd choice in the draft for Murray.

Nashville sent out centre Nick Bonino to Minnesota.He was likewise a crucial member of those Pittsburgh back-to-back Cup teams. The Predators packaged two draft choices with Bonino and received forward Luke Kunin and a lower choice in return. Find out more about today's trades here.

Free company opens Friday at midday ET. We'll have more on the top gamers available in tomorrow's newsletter. In the meantime, watch Rob Pizzo's video breaking down the bumper crop of goalies on the market here:

There are a lot of big names offered this year when totally free firm formally opens, but Rob Pizzo states plenty of groups might have brand-new goalies when next season begins. 3:56

The NFL might be in problem once again

Just when it appeared like the series of infections that rocked the league recently may have blown over, a lot more positive tests appeared today. Here's where things stand:

Another New England Patriots star evaluated favorable.Ruling Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joins quarterback Cam Newton, whose positive result last Saturday knocked him out of New England's video game vs. Kansas City and triggered it to be pressed back to Monday. Gilmore played every defensive breeze because video game. He stated in a social-media post today that he's "presently asymptomatic." The Patriots' cancelled their practice today. They're set up to dip into home vs. Denver on Sunday.

Two more Titans players apparently tested positive and the group is under investigation for perhaps breaking the guidelines.After two days of negative tests, it looked like Tennessee's break out was contained and the group would be enabled to hold practice today for the first time in more than a week. Instead, nine players and a total of 20 employee have now evaluated positive considering that Sept. 29. Last week's video game vs. Pittsburgh was delayed till later on this month, and now Sunday's match of unbeatens vs. Buffalo remains in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the NFL is examining a report that some Titans collected for an exercise recently when everybody was supposed to be house isolating.

A Raiders gamer supposedly checked positive.Protective lineman Maurice Hurst was not one of the Las Vegas players fined for participating in a colleague's current indoor charity event without a mask. The Raiders supposedly still prepared to be in their center today. They lost to Buffalo on Sunday and face Kansas City today. Check out more about the NFL's continuous coronavirus crisis here.

Quickly ...

The Lakers are one win away from the NBA title.Banged-up Miami got star Bam Adebayo back from injury and set up a great battle, but L.A. is now up 3-1 in the Finals after last night's 102-96 win. LeBron James completed with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers. Anthony Davis had 22, 9 and 4 and nailed a three-pointer with about 40 seconds left to seal the triumph. Game 5 is Friday night. Learn more about L.A.'s Game 4 win here.

The Seattle Storm travelled to the WNBA title.A third-straight blowout win last night provided the Storm a sweep of Las Vegas and their second champion in three years. Storm stars Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, who both missed out on last season with injuries, when again powered Seattle's title run. Stewart balanced 28.3 points in this series to win Finals MVP for the 2nd time. The 40-year-old Bird led the league with 9.2 helps per game in the playoffs. Find out more about Seattle's newest champion here.

18 members of a Quebec junior hockey team checked positive for COVID-19.The players and personnel from the QMJHL's Blainville-Boisbriand Armada have been positioned in seclusion for 14 days and the team's activities are suspended forever. The season started on Friday and the Armada played two video games against the Sherbrooke Phoenix. They've halted their activities too. The QMJHL is the just one of Canada's 3 major-junior hockey leagues to attempt to get its season going. The OHL and WHL are waiting up until December at the earliest. Another barrier dealing with the QMJHL is that the Quebec government on Monday banned team sports in the province's "red zones," that include greater Montreal and Quebec City. The Armada are based in the previous and the Quebec Remparts in the latter. Find out more about the Armada outbreak and its effects here.

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