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The WHL has set a Jan. 8 start date. The schedule hasn't been chosen however up to 52 games is possible.

The Ontario Hockey League is taking a look at starting a 40-game season beginning Feb. 4.

WHL commissioner Ron Robison stated the league plans "to do whatever we can to accommodate" NHL scouts.

"The truth will exist's less video games," he stated.

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Scouts wish to attend as many video games as possible, but groups will need to rely greatly on video.

Treliving said video "is of fantastic use and you get great mileage out of it," specifically for gamers teams currently have their eye on.

"It's more helpful to watch video when you know the gamer a bit," he said. "When you turn on a game, and you're trying to recognize who the gamers are, it's your very first watching, it's more challenging."

Using video probably will not affect predicted first-round choices like winger Dylan Guenther of the Edmonton Oil Kings or defenceman Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts. However searches not being able to watch games live might lead to some other players falling further back in the draft.

"It normally boils down to watchings," stated Treliving. "Those men, later on round picks, you get a real good sense of them based upon the number of times you see them."

Playing less games likewise minimizes a gamer's chances of impressing scouts.

"There may be guys that aren't going to play as much," he said. "If you aren't going to be playing, you're not going to be seen."

Video has "come a long method," said Treliving, but scouts "are still a little bit of a servant to the quality.

"You could be the greatest talent critic as a scout, but if the quality is not great, it's tough to truly dig into."

Silver lining

The Canadian Hockey League announced March 12 it was cancelling the remaining games in the 2020 routine season due to COVID-19. A couple of weeks later the Memorial Cup, set up for Kelowna, B.C., was cancelled.

While anxious to return playing, some junior players like Colton Dach believe the long layoff will actually enhance their draft potential.

"We've had six or seven months of training and to make ourselves better to get prepared," stated Dach a 17-year-old winger with the Saskatoon Blades who is forecasted to be picked anywhere from the 4th to sixth round.

"For me personally, I've currently noticed myself being faster and more powerful."

The extra time has actually also assisted Zack Ostapchuk-- a 17-year-old forward with the Vancouver Giants-- rehab from a major knee injury that reduced his season in 2015.

"I'm eight months into my healing, so it assists for sure," said Ostapchuk.

Treliving agreed a long summertime of training and recuperation will benefit a lot of the draft-eligible gamers.

"They've had that time to physically develop," he said. "It's offset by ... you're not playing as many games to be seen. In the long run, it could be a very good thing for some of these kids that they've had this additional training time."

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This year, with COVID-19 playing havoc with how the junior leagues run, Calgary basic manager Brad Treliving has no idea how many video games Flames' scouts will enjoy in individual."There's going to be less video games played," stated Treliving. "If there's less video games, there's going to be less watchings. The Canadian Hockey League revealed March 12 it was cancelling the staying video games in the 2020 routine season due to COVID-19. "It's balanced out by ... you're not playing as lots of games to be seen.