The Montreal Canadiens earn the first pick
The Montreal Canadiens won the 2022 NHL Draft lottery on Tuesday night after posting an 18.5% chance of winning the first overall pick.
Shane Wright of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs is considered the consensus favorite for the No. 1 pick and has been the cohort favorite for as long as the age group has been tracked. Wright has 32 goals and 94 points in 64 games during the 2021-22 season.
It’s shaping up to be a raucous draft weekend, where Canadiens fans will surely welcome Wright, a right-handed center with excellent shooting, with a lot of fervor and anticipation. at the Bell Center on July 7as the 18-year-old will immediately compete for a top-six spot.
The big winners — aside from the Canadians — are the New Jersey Devils, who jumped from fifth to second on Tuesday night. The Devils, who held the No. 4 in 2021. Luke Hughes, who are both expected to move to the NHL next fall.
Heading into Tuesday’s lottery, the Canadiens held the best odds of winning the lottery at 18.5%, while the Seattle Kraken had a 13.5% chance of getting the top pick. The full list of pre-draft odds can be found here:
Starting this year, teams can’t win the lottery more than twice in a five-year period. Since this rule was recently implemented, 2022 marks the first year that the five-year period will count and previous wins prior to 2022 will not count towards a team’s eligibility for the first overall pick.
Here is the full order of choices:
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets (via Chicago Blackhawks)
Detroit Red Wings
San Jose Sharks
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders
Bison Sabers (via Vegas Golden Knights)
Who are the top prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft?
Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL)
As long as this age group has been tracked, Wright has been the consensus favorite to go first overall, and he solidified that position over the course of the season. Wright won’t blow your mind with his speed, but he has exceptional clearance, playability and vision that should translate immediately to the NHL.
Juraj Slafkovsky, AG, TPS (Finnish Elite League)
Slafkovsky dominated straight through the Olympics, winning the tournament MVP award after scoring seven goals in seven games for Slovakia, helping his country win bronze, its first-ever ice hockey medal. A towering winger with a booming shot, Slafkovsky could move to the NHL this fall.
Simon Nemec, D, HK Nitra (Slovakia)
Nemec is a smooth-skating right-handed defender with remarkable composure and the ability to turn breakouts into real offensive chances. He moves the puck with ease while playing in the Slovak professional league as a minor. Although he’s unlikely to push Wright for No. 1, he could become the best player in class when all is said and done.
Logan Cooley, C, United States National Team Development Program
Cooley is averaging over a point and a half a game in his second year with the USNTDP and could be the No. 2 player on the board. The 18-year-old has been widely praised for his speed and attention to detail as a two-way player.
Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL)
Listed at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, Savoie is a bit undersized, but his top-end talent is worth the relative risk. He’s arguably the fastest player in the draft, has tremendous puck skills and could be compared to former WHL star Mathew Barzal.
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