There won't be an NHL entry draft before a collective bargaining agreement is reached with the players' association, the director of the league's scouting department said.
If the season goes by the boards because of the lockout, June's draft -- scheduled for Ottawa -- would be the next major event to be lost. The draft can't be legally held without a collective bargaining agreement.
If the lockout continued into next season and was then settled, Central Scouting director Frank Bonello said there could be two drafts within a few months.
In other hockey news, goalies Martin Brodeur and former Buffalo Sabre Dominik Hasek will lead a European tour by locked-out NHL players.
With no end in sight to the lockout, sports management firm IMG put together a team of 25 players who will compete in 10 games in seven countries Dec. 9-23.
The Worldstars roster announced Thursday also includes Joe Thornton of the Boston Bruins, Sergei Fedorov of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mats Sundin of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi.