NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league could move June's draft from Montreal if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.
The Canadiens were originally slated to host the 2020 selection process before COVID-19 made it strictly online. The same happened in 2021, with the league hoping that the 2022 draft could go on without a hitch.
Quebec recently removed some restrictions but has typically been one of the tighter provinces in Canada. Currently, fans are not allowed at Canadiens home games at the Bell Centre, but the province will allow up to 500 fans starting on Feb. 7.
There's still a long time away from the draft, and so much can change. The NHL is hoping for a feature-full experience, and it helps that the Canadiens could end up drafting first overall at home.