I have heard/read some interesting possibilities. Here are some: 1) The Draft would be cancelled because the Draft can't take place legally if a lockout exists. Players eligible might have to wait a year...... 2) The draft would take place with the same order as last year 3) The draft would take place however the order would be determined via a lottery (perhaps using some weighting system reflecting each team finish in the 2003/04 season) With such a high profile player (Crosby), a huge debate will probably take place as soon as the season is officially cancelled. Here is a theory based on 1) that I have heard: From what I understand there definitely might be some legal issues to holding a Draft during a lockout. If this is the case, I have heard that without a Draft all players eligible for the 2005 Draft would become Free Agents. Players could sign with any team as soon as a new Collective agreement is reached or when a new league is started. If you think this is far fetched then consider the NHL folding and then starting a new league (suggested in many cirlces). It has been suggested that the NHL may honor old contracts (minus a certain %) and all players who refuse to sign with their old teams by such a date would become unrestricted Free Agents. How else would a new league start up?? As such all 18 year olds not drafted might also become unresricted free agents...... Any other theories out there??