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Montreal Canadiens 2022 NHL Draft Picks Finalized, Five Picks In Top 70

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The Montreal Canadiens have 14 picks going into the 2022 NHL Draft, and all of their ranks are now confirmed.

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs concluded on Sunday evening with the Colorado Avalanche being crowned as champions thanks to the game-winning goal of former Hab Artturi Lehkonen. With the Stanley Cup now awarded, every draft pick in the 2022 NHL Draft is now finalized.

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 without winning the Draft Lottery.

The Montreal Canadiens’ first two picks in the 2022 NHL Draft are set in stone at 1st overall and 26th overall; making the first time in 21 years that the Montreal Canadiens have multiple 1st round selections going into an NHL Draft. They’ll then be picking very early on Day 2, as they hold the 33rd selection, the first pick in the 2nd round. Unlike most years, the 2nd round of the 2022 NHL Draft will have 33 selections due to a compensatory 2nd round pick awarded to the Minnesota Wild for failing to sign 2018 1st rounder Filip Johansson to an entry-level contract. 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 set in stone from here on out, here is a chart below displaying where each draft pick is set to land.

 

Rank (* Projected)Original Owner Of PickAcquisition Method
1st Round--
1st overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
26th overallCalgary FlamesTrade
2nd round--
33rd overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
62nd overallEdmonton OilersTrade
3rd Round--
66th overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
75th overallAnaheim DucksTrade
92nd overallCarolina HurricanesOffer Sheet
4th Round--
98th overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
127th overallNew York RangersTrade
128th overallTampa Bay LightningTrade
5th Round--
130th overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
6th Round--
162nd overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
7th Round--
194th overallMontreal CanadiensOwned
216th overallSt. Louis BluesTrade

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