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MHN June 2022 NHL Draft Rankings



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With the 2022 NHL Draft a little over a month away, MHN has put together their updated Draft Rankings for this year’s draft class.

Montreal Hockey Now’s Marco D’Amico spent the last month watching additional footage of draft-eligible players for the 2022 NHL Draft and updated his previous Draft Rankings accordingly.

In addition to the 1st overall pick, the Canadiens also own the Calgary Flames‘ 1st round pick, which is now confirmed to be 26th overall and the coveted first pick in the second round, 33rd overall, due to finishing last in the NHL Standings.

The top three players in this draft seem to be set in stone at this time, with Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky and Logan Cooley all vying to be selected 1st overall. Although Wright remains the odds on favourite to go 1st overall, there has been a lot of talk about Slafkovsky or Cooley possibly edging him out as the 1st overall pick come July 7 in Montreal. There has been some movement around the Top-10 as well, with Simon Nemec officially overtaking David Jiricek as the top defenceman available in this draft class.

Some of the other notable risers are Swedish winger Jonathan Lekkerimaki, power forward Cutter Gauthier and Marco Kasper. After their intriguing international performances in the month of May, some extra viewings during their season made the argument for moving them up the rankings rather easy. Lekkerimaki is perhaps the best pure shooter in this draft, while being able to play a well-rounded game. Gauthier, who is now slated to play at center moving forward, has the qualities of a top-6 center with a shoot-first mentality. Meanwhile, Kasper is an all-around center who is unbearable to play against, due to his tenacious and deceptively skilled game.

Ivan Miroshnichenko was not ranked in the previous Top-32, despite being a Top-32 talent, due to his ongoing health issues. Thankfully, we have received confirmation that he is in good health and back to training, and has thus been re-inserted into the MHN Draft Rankings.

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

RankPlayer NamePositionLeagueShootingHeightWeight
1Shane WrightCenterOHLRight6'1185lbs
2 Juraj SlafkovskyLeft Wing/CenterLiigaLeft6'4218lbs
3Logan CooleyCenterUSHLLeft5'11174lbs
4Simon NemecDefensemanExtraliga (Slovakia)Right6'1192lbs
5David JiricekDefencemanExtraliiga (Czechia)Right6'3190lbs
6Matthew SavoieCenter/Right WingWHLRight5'9179lbs
7Jonathan LekkerimäkiRight WingSHLRight5'11172lbs
8Frank NazarCenter/Right WingUSHLRight5'10174lbs
9Cutter GauthierCenter/Left WingUSHLLeft6'3194lbs
10Joakim KemellRight WingLiigaRight5'11176lbs
11Kevin KorchinskiDefencemanWHLLeft6'2185lbs
12Pavel MintyukovDefencemanOHLLeft6'1192lbs
13Brad LambertCenter/Right WingLiigaRight6'0179lbs
14Liam ÖhgrenLeft WingSHLLeft6'1187lbs
15Marco KasperCenterSHLLeft6'1187lbs
16Conor GeekieCenterWHLLeft6'4205lbs
17Danila YurovRight WingKHLLeft6'1179lbs
18Denton MateychukDefencemanWHLLeft5'11187lbs
19Ivan MiroshnichenkoLeft WingKHL/VHLRight6'1185lbs
20Noah ÖstlundCenterSHLLeft5'11163lbs
21Isaac HowardLeft WingUSHLLeft5'10183lbs
22Jimmy SnuggerudRight WingUSHLRight6'2185lbs
23Rutger McGroartyCenterUSHLLeft6'0205lbs
24Luca Del Bel BelluzCenterOHLLeft6'1179lbs
25Gleb TrikozovRight WingKHL/MHLRight6'1185lbs
26Ryan ChesleyDefencemanUSHLRight6'0194lbs
27Jagger FirkusCenter/Right WingWHLRight5'10154lbs
28Jiri KulichCenterExtraliga (Czechia)Left6'0172lbs
29Nathan GaucherCenterQMJHLRight6'3207lbs
30Jack HughesCenterNCAALeft6'0165lbs
31Tristan LuneauDefencemanQMJHLRight6'2174lbs
32Owen PickeringDefencemanWHLLeft6'5179lbs


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Wouldn’t mind seeing Hughes attempt to trade up for another winger at all.

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