2022 NHL Mock Draft: First round predictions and pick projections
The NHL Draft takes place later this week and bottom-dwelling teams are poised to improve their lineups. Montreal gets first crack at the top prospects.
Now that the excitement of the Stanley Cup is over, hockey fans are looking forward to the NHL Draft. Although the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft is unpredictable, there are some players whose names stand out as top draft picks.
Montreal Canadiens likely to select Shane Wright
The Montreal Canadiens won the draft lottery, so they will get to select the first pick this year. They are expected to choose Shane Wright, the best forward in the Ontario Hockey League and widely considered this year’s No. 1 draft pick. Wright is an elite overall player and also exhibits strong leadership.
The New Jersey Devils go second, and are likely to pick up Juraj Slafkovsky, a Slovak forward for TPS of the Finnish Liga, and one of the top-tier players from Europe. Slafkovsky was the youngest player at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament, and was named its most valuable player.
Logan Cooley: Top American pick
The Arizona Coyotes may be setting their eyes on Logan Cooley, the top prospect from the U.S. Cooley has high-powered offensive skills, a great ability to score, and plays an efficient game.
The Seattle Kraken could possibly sign another outstanding Slovak to strengthen their defense, Simon Nemec of HK Nitra of the Slovak Extraliga. The defenseman plays an excellent two-way game, and could also be a valuable asset in Seattle’s offense.
The options become wider when talking about the Philadelphia Flyers, who will go fifth. They may look to beef up their defense, and pick up Nemec in case the Kraken go with another player. They may also go with David Jiricek, a Czech defenseman for HC Skoda Pizen of the Czech Extraliga. Jiricek is a defensive whiz, but is also seen as having the capability to shift to a strong offensive role.
The 2022 NHL Draft First Round Prospects
If you’re wondering about the details of the first round picks in this year’s NHL Draft, then don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Who are they? Where are they from? Where are they likely to go? Just take a look below to find out:
|1||Montreal Canadiens||Shane Wright||C||OHL|
|2||New Jersey Devils||Juraj Slafkovsky||LW||Finland|
|3||Arizon Coyotes||Logan Cooley||C||USA U-18|
|4||Seattle Kraken||Cutter Gauthier||C||USA U-18|
|5||Philadelphia Flyers||David Jiricek||D||Czech Republic|
|6||Colombus Blue Jackets||Simon Nemec||D||Nitra -Slovakia|
|7||Ottawa Senators||Joakim Kemell||RW||Jyp (Finland)|
|8||Detroit Red Wings||Marco Kasper||C||Rogle (Sweden)|
|9||Buffalo Sabres||Jonathan Lekkerimaki||RW||Djugarden (Sweden)|
|10||Anaheim Ducks||Matthew Savoie||C||Winnipeg (WHL)|
|11||San Jose Sharks||Kevin Korchinski||D||Seattle (WHL)|
|12||Colombus Blue Jackets||Conor Geekie||C||Winnipeg (WHL)|
|13||New York Islanders||Pavel Mintyukov||D||Saginaw (OHL)|
|14||Winnipeg Jets||Noah Ostlund||C||Djurgarden (Sweden)|
|15||Vancouver Canucks||Nathan Gaucher||C||Quebec (QMJHL)|
|16||Buffalo Sabres||Danila Yurov||RW||Magnitogorsk (Russia)|
|17||Nashville Predators||Lian Bischel||D||Leksand (Sweden)|
|18||Dallas Stars||Owen Pickering||D||Swift Current (WHL)|
|19||Minnesota Wild||Jiri Kulich||C||Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)|
|20||Washington Capitals||Denton Mateychuk||D||Moose Jaw (WHL)|
|21||Pittsburgh Penguins||Issac Howard||LW||USA U-18|
|22||Anaheim Ducks||Jimmy Snuggerud||RW||USA U-18|
|23||St. Louis Blues||Frank Nazar||C||USA U-18|
|24||Minnesota Wild||Rutger McGroarty||RW||USA U-18|
|25||Toronto Maple Leafs||Ryan Chelsey||D||USA U-18|
|26||Montreal Canadiens||Brad Lambert||C||Pelicans (Finland)|
|27||Arizona Coyotes||Reid Schaefer||LW||Seattle (WHL)|
|28||Buffalo Sabres||Liam Ohgren||LW||Djurgarden (Sweden)|
|29||Edmonton Oilers||Ivan Miroshnichenko||LW||Omsk Krylia (Russia)|
|30||Winnipeg Jets||Sam Rinzel||D||Chaska (Minnesota)|
|31||Tampa Bay Lightning||Filip Bystedt||C||Linkoping (Sweden)|
|32||Arizona Coyotes||Tristan Luneau||D||Gatineau (QMJHL)|