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MHN Final 2022 NHL Mock Draft

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With the 2022 NHL Draft right around the corner, it’s now time for Montreal Hockey Now’s Final 2022 NHL Mock Draft.

With a little luck from the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery, the Montreal Canadiens won the first overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, while the New Jersey Devils jumped up to get the second overall pick. With the order of every selection in the draft now confirmed, Montreal Hockey Now’s Marco D’Amico has prepared a mock draft simulation for the first 65 picks (the first two rounds). The top of the draft is dominated by the three forwards of Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky and Logan Cooley, after which it becomes all-out chaos as to whom each team could decide to select when it comes to their turn at the podium.

Using the Montreal Hockey Now NHL Draft Rankings, the following mock draft was created based on the players available at each position. Organizational needs factored into the decision for some selections, but only if the feeling was that two or more prospects had similar potential. Due to the volatility expected in this draft and the lack of overall consensus, there is some serious potential for some surprising picks throughout the first two rounds of the draft; something this mock draft took well into account.

 

RankTeam NamePlayer NamePositionLeagueShootingHeightWeight
1Montreal CanadiensShane WrightCenterOHLRight6'1185lbs
2New Jersey Devils Juraj SlafkovskyLeft Wing/CenterLiigaLeft6'4218lbs
3Arizona CoyotesLogan CooleyCenterUSHLLeft5'11174lbs
4Seattle KrakenSimon NemecDefensemanExtraliga (Slovakia)Right6'1192lbs
5Philadelphia FlyersCutter GauthierCenter/Left WingUSHLLeft6'3194lbs
6Columbus Blue JacketsJonathan LekkerimäkiRight WingSHLRight5'11172lbs
7Ottawa SenatorsJoakim KemellRight WingLiigaRight5'11176lbs
8Detroit Red WingsMarco KasperCenterSHLLeft6'1187lbs
9Buffalo SabresDavid JiricekDefencemanExtraliiga (Czechia)Right6'3190lbs
10Anaheim DucksMatthew SavoieCenter/Right WingWHLRight5'9179lbs
11San Jose SharksPavel MintyukovDefencemanOHLLeft6'1192lbs
12Columbus Blue JacketsFrank NazarCenter/Right WingUSHLRight5'10174lbs
13New York IslandersKevin KorchinskiDefencemanWHLLeft6'2185lbs
14Winnipeg JetsConor GeekieCenterWHLLeft6'4205lbs
15Vancouver CanucksDenton MateychukDefencemanWHLLeft5'11187lbs
16Buffalo SabresBrad LambertCenter/Right WingLiigaRight6'0179lbs
17Nashville PredatorsLiam ÖhgrenLeft WingSHLLeft6'1187lbs
18Dallas StarsJimmy SnuggerudRight WingUSHLRight6'2185lbs
19Minnesota Wild Ivan MiroshnichenkoLeft WingKHL/VHLRight6'1185lbs
20Washington CapitalsDanila YurovRight WingKHLLeft6'1179lbs
21Pittsburgh PenguinsRyan ChesleyDefencemanUSHLRight6'0194lbs
22Anaheim DucksIsaac HowardLeft WingUSHLLeft5'10183lbs
23St. Louis BluesLian BischelDefencemanSHLLeft6'5216
24Minnesota WildJiri KulichCenterExtraliga (Czechia)Left6'0172lbs
25Toronto Maple LeafsLuca Del Bel BelluzCenterOHLLeft6'1179lbs
26Montreal CanadiensNoah ÖstlundCenterSHLLeft5'11163lbs
27Arizona CoyotesJagger FirkusCenter/Right WingWHLRight5'10154lbs
28Buffalo SabresRutger McGroartyCenterUSHLLeft6'0205lbs
29Edmonton OilersNathan GaucherCenterQMJHLRight6'3207lbs
30Winnipeg JetsTristan LuneauDefencemanQMJHLRight6'2174lbs
31Tampa Bay LightningOwen PickeringDefencemanWHLLeft6'5179lbs
32Arizona CoyotesOwen BeckCenterOHLRight6'0185lbs
33Montreal CanadiensNoah WarrenDefencemanQMJHLRight6'5216lbs
34Arizona CoyotesLane HutsonDefencemanUSHLLeft5'9158lbs
35Seattle KrakenJack HughesCenterNCAALeft6'0165lbs
36Arizona CoyotesFilip MesarLeft WingExtraLiga (Slovakia)Left5'10174lbs
37New Jersey DevilsReid SchaeferLeft WingWHLLeft6'3213lbs
38Chicago BlackhawksMattias HävelidDefencemanSHLRight5'9165lbs
39Ottawa SenatorsDavid GoyetteCenterOHLLeft5'11172lbs
40Detroit Red WingsFilip BystedtCenterSHLLeft6'3187lbs
41Buffalo SabresTy NelsonDefencemanOHLRight5'10196lbs
42Anaheim DucksLogan MorrisonCenterRightRight6'0180lbs
43Arizona CoyotesAdam SykoraLeft WingExtraliga (Slovakia)Left5'10172lbs
44Columbus Blue JacketsSam RinzelDefencemanUSHLRight6'4177lbs
45Arizona CoyotesGleb TrikozovRight WingKHL/MHLRight6'1185lbs
46Washington CapitalsChristian KyrouDefencemanOHLRight5'10182lbs
47Minnesota WildFraser MintenCenterWHLLeft6'1185lbs
48Vegas Golden KnightsCalle OdeliusDefencemanSHLLeft5'11185lbs
49Seattle KrakenAdam IngramCenterUSHLLeft6'2165lbs
50Dallas StarsSeamus CaseyDefencemanUSHLRight5'9162lbs
51LA KingsMaverick LamoureuxDefencemanQMJHLRight6'7197lbs
52Detroit Red WingsMats LindgrenDefencemanWHLLeft5'11173lbs
53Anaheim DucksTyler BrennanGoalieWHLN/A6'4184lbs
54Boston BruinsBryce McConnell-BarkerCenterOHLLeft6'1193lbs
55Winnipeg JetsJani NymanRight WingLiigaLeft6'3212lbs
56Minnesota WildRieger LorenzLeft WingAJHLLeft6'2184lbs
57Chicago BlackhawksMatyas SapovalivCenterOHLLeft6'3182lbs
58Seattle KrakenDanil ZhlikinCenterOHLLeft6'1189lbs
59Calgary FlamesElias SalomonssonDefencemanSHLRight6'0172lbs
60Carolina HurricanesAlexander PerevalovLeft WingKHLRight6'0192lbs
61Seattle KrakenJulian LutzLeft WingDELLeft6'2185lbs
62Montreal CanadiensCameron LundCenterUSHLRight6'2192lbs
64New York RangersDevin KaplanRight WingUSHLRight6'2199lbs
63Ottawa SenatorsMatthew PoitrasCenterOHLRight5'11174lbs
65New York IslandersRyan GreeneCenter6'1Right6'1174lbs

* Unlike most years, the 2nd round of this draft will have 33 selections (from 33rd overall to 65th overall). This change for the usual 32-pick rounds is 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 draft.

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Pierre B.

The first 4 picks for the Canadiens here are quite interesting. Noah Ostlund, a left-shooting center, would complement Suzuki and Wright who are both right shooting. Noah Warren might be a bit of a reach at #33, but the CH needed to select a RHD before they all go away and he’s my favorite so no complaint from me here. Warren, after Salomonsson, is the youngest RHD of the top-100 of this draft. Cameron Lund, also a younger prospect, has a good frame and has potential. He’s a center, but because he’s right shoooting, he might be used as a RW if he pans out. Come on guys, one more pick at #66 for the CH. Possibilities include: (1) Topias Leinonen, the top-ranked European goalie of this draft, (2) Jordan Dumais, a 5’9″ RW who was amongst the top-3 scorers in the QMJHL, (3 & 4) Kasper Kuulonummi and Michael Fisher, two RHD, still a weak position in the prospect pool. Who do you pick?

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