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MHN Pre-Lottery 2022 NHL Draft Rankings

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With the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery set to take place on May 10, Montreal Hockey Now has prepared its Pre-Lottery NHL Draft Rankings.

Montreal Hockey Now’s Marco D’Amico was hard at work this season to follow the youngsters available for the 2022 NHL Draft and has dressed the list you see below. With the Montreal Canadiens having the top odds going into the NHL Draft Lottery and a guarantee of picking in the top-3, this list will help give you an idea of who the Habs could be picking in the first three selections on July 7.

On top of their own 1st round pick, the Canadiens also own Calgary’s 1st round pick, which they acquired in the Tyler Toffoli trade earlier this year. That selection is projected to land between 25th and 32nd overall depending on the Flames’ playoff performance, making the players ranked between 20 and 32very relevant for Canadiens fans. Lastly, the Montreal Canadiens also own the coveted first pick in the second round, 33rd overall, due to finishing last in the NHL Standings. Any player that could fall out of the first round, for whatever reason, could also be a target for the Canadiens as they pick first on Day 2 of the 2022 NHL Draft.

At the top of the rankings, we see Kingston Frontenacs center, Shane Wright, who has been at the top of every major draft ranking since the start of the year. The two-way center started off the year a little slower than predicted, after not having played consistent hockey for 18 months due to the pandemic. However, since January, he really began to take off offensively and restored his draft ranking amid other contenders rising up the rankings. He is directly followed by center Logan Cooley of the USNDT, who also projects as a top-line player with elite skills.

The biggest headache was the No.3 slot. As of this junction, I have power forward Juraj Slafkovsky in that slot, as he has the size, speed and shooting mechanics to be a dangerous player at the next level. However, David Jiricek can easily overtake him if he shows a strong return to form during the World Championships, something much of the scouting world is looking forward to after the defenceman’s four-month road to recovery. By the time Montreal Hockey Now’s final rankings are released, those two could very well swap places.

Take a look at the Montreal Hockey Now’s list below. We’ll be providing more draft content throughout the next two months, including player interviews and mock draft simulations to keep you informed and up to date on what is sure to be a focal point of the Montreal Canadiens over the next two months.

RankPlayer NamePositionLeagueShootingHeightWeight
1Shane WrightCenterOHLRight6'1185lbs
2Logan CooleyCenterUSHLLeft5'11174lbs
3 Juraj SlafkovskyLeft Wing/CenterLiigaLeft6'4218lbs
4David JiricekDefencemanExtraliiga (Czechia)Right6'3190lbs
5Simon NemecDefensemanExtraliga (Slovakia)Right6'1192lbs
6Matthew SavoieCenter/Right WingWHLRight5'9179lbs
7Joakim KemellRight WingLiigaRight5'11176lbs
8Frank NazarCenter/Right WingUSHLRight5'10174lbs
9Jonathan LekkerimâkiRight WingSHLRight5'11172lbs
10Conor GeekieCenterWHLLeft6'4205lbs
11Kevin KorchinskiDefencemanWHLLeft6'2185lbs
12Brad LambertCenter/Right WingLiigaRight6'0179lbs
13Liam ÖhgrenLeft WingSHLLeft6'1187lbs
14Danila YurovRight WingKHLLeft6'1179lbs
15Noah ÖstlundCenterSHLLeft5'11163lbs
16Isaac HowardLeft WingUSHLLeft5'10183lbs
17Pavel MintyukovDefencemanOHLLeft6'1192lbs
18Cutter GauthierCenter/Left WingUSHLLeft6'3194lbs
19Denton MateychukDefencemanWHLLeft5'11187lbs
20Jimmy SnuggerudRight WingUSHLRight6'2185lbs
21Marco KasperCenterSHLLeft6'1187lbs
22Rutger McGroartyCenterUSHLLeft6'0205lbs
23Ryan ChesleyDefencemanUSHLRight6'0194lbs
24Luca Del Bel BelluzCenterOHLLeft6'1179lbs
25Jagger FirkusCenter/Right WingWHLRight5'10154lbs
26Ty NelsonDefencemanOHLRight5'10196lbs
27Nathan GaucherCenterQMJHLRight6'3207lbs
28Seamus CaseyDefencemanUSHLRight5'10161lbs
29Jack HughesCenterNCAALeft6'0165lbs
30Tristan LuneauDefencemanQMJHLRight6'2174lbs
31Owen PickeringDefencemanWHLLeft6'5179lbs
32Jiri KulichCenterExtraliga (Czechia)Left6'0172lbs

 

*NB: Ivan Miroshnichenko was not ranked in the top-32, despite being a Top-32 talent, due to his ongoing health issues. Without all the facts, an assessment could not be made on his projection. Hoping for a swift recovery for the young man and to see him on the ice very soon.

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Brian Chandler

If possible but unlikely would like for the Habs to use some of their 14 picks to try and move up to draft Gaucher and McGroarty.

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