The Montreal Canadiens have 14 picks going into the 2022 NHL Draft, and recent events have caused some of them to shuffle around in the official selection order.
Thanks to some good fortune during the NHL Draft Lottery, the Montreal Canadiens will be selecting 1st overall in the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal. By finishing 32nd in the NHL standings this season, not only did the Montreal Canadiens have the best odds to win the Draft Lottery, they were also assured of picking first in rounds 2 to 7. This means, for example, that the Canadiens were confirmed to pick 33rd overall, the first selection in the second round, even prior to the results of the NHL Draft Lottery.
All but one of the Montreal Canadiens’ 14 draft picks have had their draft rank confirmed, with Tampa Bay’s 4th round selection left to be decided after the results of the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals.
The Montreal Canadiens’ first three picks in the 2022 NHL Draft are set in stone at 1st overall, 26th overall and 33rd overall. However, a compensatory 2nd round pick sent to the Minnesota Wild for failing to sign 2018 1st rounder Filip Johansson to an entry-level contract has bumped down every other selection currently owned by the Canadiens by one spot. The addition of a 33rd selection in the 2nd round of the 2022 NHL Draft, specifically at the 56th overall rank, has caused every pick to drop a peg from the late 2nd round all the way through the end of the 2022 NHL Draft.
With the rank of Montreal’s own draft picks now locked in place from here on out, here is a chart below displaying where each draft pick is slated to be come July 7 and 8. Those few that have yet to be officially decided are marked with a (*).
|Rank (* Projected)||Original Owner Of Pick||Acquisition Method|
|1st overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|26th overall||Calgary Flames||Trade|
|33rd overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|62nd overall||Edmonton Oilers||Trade|
|66th overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|75th overall||Anaheim Ducks||Trade|
|92nd overall||Carolina Hurricanes||Offer Sheet|
|98th overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|127th overall||New York Rangers||Trade|
|128th overall||Tampa Bay Lightning||Trade|
|130th overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|162nd overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|194th overall||Montreal Canadiens||Owned|
|216th overall||St. Louis Blues||Trade|