It surely is exiting for fans, broadcasters and writer all around the globe to get the latest flash about the 2022 NHL Mock draft. Usually the drafts are predictable but not this time. As there is no certainly that who will get picked where.
Usually, there are obvious tiers of a draft class, making it easier to collect players and arrange them into groups and have some measure of what other teams will do and which players are available to choose from at the choice of each team. This year, we’d say there is a group of 10 players who should fill the 10 top prospect guesses, but it would differ greatly from team to team, as the 2022 NHL Mock Draft is unusual.
We’re still not certain who will go first overall. We believe it’s really a two-horse race between Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky, and we also think the Montreal Canadiens haven’t got a final verdict for Kent Hughes yet. In a perfect world, the Habs get the number two pick from the New Jersey Devils, likely for a player who can help improve the club right away [think Josh Anderson], make a large splash for the home crowd, and make it fun for us media people. In that case, the internal debate in the Montreal war room ends, and the Canadiens can reach two building blocks for the long-term goals.
What makes 2022 NHL Mock draft so fascinating is how many different teams will need to have a hard time organizing improvements. New Jersey is one of them. So, too, is Seattle, placing fourth, Philadelphia, placing fifth, and Ottawa placing seventh. Just as it happens those teams also possess the best financial asset in the league [free cap space]. If we combine the already-winnow teams with the eight in the playoffs yet to be chosen, it can create draft-floor intrigue.
Another issue that teams will have to assess is the importance of the conflict in Ukraine and it will likely to affect 2022 NHL mock draft. There are three main first-unit Russian-citizen players in the Danila Yurov, Ivan Miroshnichenko, and Pavel Mintyukov categories. Yurov and Miroshnichenko both participated in the national team last year, so area groups focused primarily on seeing them in the second half. For Mintyukov, who played in the OHL Saginaw season, the path to remain in North America may be a little easier and the recent reported incident involving Philadelphia goaltender Ivan Fedotov may also impact how teams approach drafting Russian-born players.
Ultimately, will a Russian player be eligible for the NHL in North America? Will the player worry about traveling to North America? There is a diverse range of answers to these types of questions among the 32 NHL teams.
At the end of the day, it’s important to acknowledge that rankings are one thing, but forming NBA mock drafts based on team standings from the past season, scouting reports, trends and needs, and then analyzing that information is an entirely different task altogether.
This year’s highlights are former Florida Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting and current owner of the Pro Hockey Group Jason Bukala.
We would strongly encourage looking at James’s draft list for 2022 NHL mock draft, which will be released Wed. We are seeing his work as if he still played for the NHL as an assistant coach of amateur scouts, which leads to a exciting and more thought-provoking component.
Among the following is our 2022 NHL mock draft, without further delay:
1. Montreal Canadiens — Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL)
2. New Jersey Devils — Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS (Finland)
3. Arizona Coyotes — Logan Cooley, C, USA U-18
4. Seattle Kraken — Cutter Gauthier, C W, USA U-18
5. Philadelphia Flyers — David Jiricek, D, Plzen (Czech Republic)
6. Columbus Blue Jackets — Simon Nemec, D, Nitra (Slovakia)
7. Ottawa Senators — Joakim Kemell, RW, Jyp (Finland)
8. Detroit Red Wings — Marco Kasper, C, Rogle (Sweden)
9. Buffalo Sabres — Jonathan Lekkerimaki, RW, Djurgarden (Sweden)
10. Anaheim Ducks — Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL)
11. San Jose Sharks — Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL)
12. Columbus Blue Jackets — Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg (WHL)
13. New York Islanders — Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL)
14. Winnipeg Jets — Noah Ostlund, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
15. Vancouver Canucks — Nathan Gaucher, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
16. Buffalo Sabres — Daniel Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk (Russia)
17. Nashville Predators — Li Bichsel, D, Leksand (Sweden)
18. Dallas Stars — Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current (WHL)
19. Minnesota Wild — Jiri Kulich, C, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
20. Washington Capitals — Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
21. Pittsburgh Penguins — Isaac Howard, LW, US U-18
22. Anaheim Ducks — Jimmy Snuggerud, RW, US U-18
23. St. Louis Blues — Frank Nazar, C, US U-18
24. Minnesota Wild — Rutger McGroarty, RW, US U-18
25. Toronto Maple Leafs — Ryan Chesley, D, US U-18
26. Montreal Canadiens — Brad Lambert, C, Pelicans (Finland)
27. Arizona Coyotes – Reid Schaefer, LW, Seattle (WHL)
28. Buffalo Sabres – Liam Ohgren, LW, Djurgarden (Sweden)
29. Edmonton Oilers – Ivan Miroshnichenko, LW, Omsk Krylia (Russia)
30. Winnipeg Jets – Sam Rinzel, D, Chaska, Minnesota
31. Tampa Bay Lightning – Filip Bystedt, C, Linkoping (Sweden)
32. Arizona Coyotes – Tristan Luneau, D, Gatineau (QMJHL)
The Montreal Canadiens have won the league’s first draft lottery in 17 years. It is the first time this has happened since the league instituted a draft lottery in 1995.
The upcoming 2022 NHL Mock Draft is drawing close as every team that’s currently in the league will look to the future. It’s a hectic time of year for these franchises because they’re involved in both the league’s legal tampering period and its free agency period.
We wonder how much character goes into the selection of 2022 NHL mock drafts. We know that the analytics experts only look at the figures, however, those who desire to win improve, while the numbers experts are on the golf course so that they can live the high life.
As a Habs fan, we agree that Shane Willard is most likely to be the very first pick of the Montreal Canadiens. Habs will need a Top Center more than they require a great winger, so irrespective of positioning alone, we consider that Willard is better for Montreal.
RHD is their deficiency. Additionally, we think Montreal is willing to go for it for the fences and opt for a bounce or bust type player with their 26th pick. Ivan Miroschnichenko comes to mind if he’s still available. Isaac Howard and Noah Ostlund are also options if either is still available.
Finally, we think Montreal is willing to take swings for the fences and opt for a boom-or-bust kind of player with their 26th pick. Ivan Miroschnichenko comes to mind if he’s still available. Isaac Howard and Noah Ostlund could also be selected if available.