Mock 2022 NHL Draft: Cooley could go to Coyotes, Flyers (2023)

The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held July 7-8 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round will be July 7 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) and rounds 2-7 are July 8 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). is counting down to the draft with in-depth profiles on top prospects, podcasts and other features. Today, writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale submit their final mock draft of the first round.'s full draft coverage can be found here.

The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft could be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory, with the intrigue beginning as early as the No. 3 pick. writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale agree that the Montreal Canadiens will select center Shane Wright from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League with the No. 1 pick, and the New Jersey Devils at No. 2 will choose left wing Juraj Slafkovsky from TPS in Liiga, the top league in Finland.

But starting with the Arizona Coyotes at No. 3, their opinions vary widely.

The 16 teams that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs took part in the lottery drawing for the first two selections; the Canadiens won the No. 1 pick, and the Devils won No. 2. The remaining teams were ordered based on the NHL standings.

The 12 teams that lost in the first two rounds of the playoffs were slotted into picks 17-28. Teams that did not win their division were placed in inverse order of regular-season standings points, followed by the three division winners who lost in inverse order of regular-season points.

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The Edmonton Oilers, who lost in the Western Conference Final, have the No. 29 pick. The Winnipeg Jets have the No. 30 pick, which they acquired from the New York Rangers in the trade for forward Andrew Copp on March 21.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, will pick No. 31.

The No. 32 selection goes to the Stanley Cup champion, but the Colorado Avalanche traded the pick to the Coyotes for goalie Darcy Kuemper on July 28.

The Coyotes have three first-round picks (also No. 27), as do the Buffalo Sabres (Nos. 9, 16 and 28). The Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild each have two.

1. Montreal Canadiens

Kimelman -- Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL): Wright (6-foot, 199 pounds) not only is the most complete player in the 2022 draft, but he also fills a need at center for the Canadiens. General manager Kent Hughes said the goal is to find character players with skill, and it was Wright who said, "My mindset is not to win scoring titles, it's not to win MVPs, it's to win Stanley Cups. I believe that the way I play, my competitiveness and my drive to win is going to help do that." Wright is an easy choice at No. 1.

Morreale -- Shane Wright: One of the more complete two-way centers of this draft class is a player the scouting community has been tracking for some time with what he can bring to an NHL team, including hockey sense, a sniper's mentality and leadership.

2. New Jersey Devils

Kimelman -- Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS (FIN): With Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier and Dawson Mercer, the Devils are in good shape down the middle. As New Jersey looks to build its lineup, Slafkovsky brings elite offensive skills in a power forward body (6-4, 229). He's already shown he can excel against older competition in Liiga, and at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, where he was the youngest player in the tournament and named its most valuable player after leading all players with seven goals in seven games for Slovakia. From a physical standpoint he appears ready to play in the NHL next season.

Morreale -- Juraj Slafkovsky: The big forward would be a nice fit alongside any of the Devils' top centers. He uses his size, reach and strength as an effective and active checker in the offensive and defensive zone and is exceptional at protecting the puck, has creative hands and a high ceiling.

3. Arizona Coyotes

Kimelman -- Simon Nemec, D, Nitra (SVK): With the future of No. 1 defenseman Jakob Chychrun unknown, the Coyotes could opt for one of the top defensemen available in the draft. Nemec (6-foot, 190) is a right-handed shot with an outstanding two-way game who is close to being NHL-ready. He skates extremely well, which allows him to add to the offensive attack and be quick enough to defend in transition. Nemec has three seasons of experience playing in the top men's league in Slovakia, and his six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games for Slovakia at the 2022 IIHF World Championship are the most ever by an 18-year-old defenseman in the tournament.

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Morreale -- Logan Cooley, C, USA U-18 (NTDP): A shifty, two-way playmaking center, Cooley (5-10, 180) can process the game at top speed. He was second on the NTDP with 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in 51 games, and had 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 23 shots on goal in six games to help the United States finish second at the 2022 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He's committed to the University of Minnesota next season.

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4. Seattle Kraken

Kimelman -- David Jiricek, D, Plzen (CZE): After selecting center Matty Beniers as a foundational piece at forward at the 2021 NHL Draft, the Kraken now can find a centerpiece defenseman to build around. A knee injury sustained at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship sidelined Jiricek for almost four months, but he recovered to have a strong showing for Czechia at the World Championship where he had two points (one goal, one assist) and averaged 10:28 in ice time in five games. A right-handed shot, Jiricek projects to be a high-skill, top-pair defenseman with the size (6-3, 189) to win 1-on-1 battles in the defensive zone.

Morreale -- Simon Nemec: The right-handed shot plays big minutes and brings excellent mobility, balance, puck-handling and skating to create openings for teammates. He had 26 points (one goal, 25 assists) in 39 regular-season games and 17 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 19 playoff games.

5. Philadelphia Flyers

Kimelman - Logan Cooley: The Flyers are looking to inject young, top-end skill and Cooley is an elite skater with excellent offensive skills and a strong work ethic. He'll play at least one season at the University of Minnesota but is confident that's all he'll need before becoming an impact NHL player.

Morreale -- David Jiricek: A knee injury that required surgery in January limited him this season, but Jiricek plays a mature, physical, two-way game. He's got a cannon for a shot, defends well and can transition from defense to offense quickly.

6. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Chicago Blackhawks)

Kimelman -- Cutter Gauthier, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP): Gauthier's skating and shot are NHL-caliber and he's got a power forward build (6-2, 200) that will be even better when he works with an NHL strength coach. His 34 goals in 54 games were second on the NTDP. Gauthier will start at center next season at Boston College, adding more versatility to his game.

Morreale -- Cutter Gauthier: Gauthier is a powerful wing with a big shot and good set of hands capable of playing a power forward game. He had 65 points (34 goals, 31 assists) and five power-play goals in 54 games, and nine points (three goals, six assists) in six games for the U.S. at the World U-18s.

Video: Draft Prospect: Best of Cutter Gauthier

7. Ottawa Senators

Kimelman -- Joakim Kemell, RW, JYP (FIN): Kemell (5-9, 185) has the potential to be a big-time goal scorer in the NHL, and right wing is an area of need for the Senators; in the past 10 seasons Mark Stone is the only right wing to score at least 25 goals for Ottawa. Playing most of this season as a 17-year-old (he turned 18 on April 27), Kemell scored 15 goals in 39 games, the most by an under-18 player in Liiga since Kaapo Kakko scored 22 in 45 games in 2018-19.

Morreale -- Joakim Kemell: A shoulder injury sidelined him twice, totaling more than two months, but he still led Liiga rookies with 15 goals and was second with 23 points in 39 games. Kemell is a good skater with acceleration and speed who is considered a highly skilled playmaker that sees the ice well. He led Finland with six goals in five games at the World U-18s.

8. Detroit Red Wings

Kimelman -- Jonathan Lekkerimaki, RW, Djurgarden (SWE): Lekkerimaki (5-10, 171) has an NHL-caliber shot, with a one-timer or wrist shot he can use to pick corners. He's an excellent skater with good offensive instincts. A future top line with Lekkerimaki on one wing and Lucas Raymond on the other could be dynamic for the Red Wings.

Morreale -- Jonathan Lekkerimaki: A pure sniper with a hard wrist shot who plays a two-way game with good hands and explosiveness. He led the World U-18s with 15 points and 10 assists for first-place Sweden. He had nine points (seven goals, two assists) in 26 games with Djurgarden in the SHL.

9. Buffalo Sabres

Kimelman -- Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL): Savoie (5-9, 170) has the kind of dazzling offensive skill set teams can build around. He's considered one of the fastest skaters available, and NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr called him, "Maybe the most natural goal scorer in this draft class."

Morreale -- Matthew Savoie: As one of the most dynamic skaters in the 2022 draft class, Savoie is a top-line playmaker with good hands and is exceptional on special teams. He was seventh in the Western Hockey League with 90 points (35 goals, 55 assists), and had 34 power-play points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games.

10. Anaheim Ducks

Kimelman -- Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL): The Ducks have Jamie Drysdale as an emerging No. 1 defenseman and 2021 second-round pick (No. 34) Olen Zellweger was named the best defenseman in the Western Hockey League this season, but Korchinski (6-2, 185) could be too good an option to pass on here. He led WHL rookie defensemen with 65 points (four goals, 61 assists) in 67 games and his playmaking ability ranks among the best at his position in this year's draft.

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Morreale -- Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL): Mintyukov (6-1, 194) is a creative, puck-moving defenseman with a high hockey IQ and is a strong skater. He's capable of creating a seamless transition and pushing the pace into the opposing end. He was the only OHL defenseman to lead his team in scoring, topping Saginaw with 62 points (17 goals, 45 assists) in 67 games. He also led OHL defensemen with three shorthanded goals.

11. San Jose Sharks

Kimelman -- Pavel Mintyukov: The Sharks need to get younger and more skilled at defenseman and Mintyukov is among the most gifted at the position in the 2022 draft class. He's an outstanding skater with high-end offensive instincts. There's a bit of risk/reward to his game, similar to San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson in his prime, but Mintyukov's skating allows him to make up for any mistakes.

Morreale -- Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw (WHL): Mateychuk (5-10, 194) was third on Moose Jaw with 64 points (13 goals, 51 assists) in 65 games. He's considered a strong skater who can lead or join the rush for scoring opportunities, creating chances with his ability to anticipate plays.

12. Columbus Blue Jackets

Kimelman -- Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk (RUS): The Blue Jackets could take a chance with the highly skilled Yurov (6-1, 178). He didn't have a point in 21 games in the Kontinental Hockey League but his average of 1.57 points per game (36 points in 23 games) was fifth among players with at least 20 games in Russia's junior league. One scout compared his game to Hockey Hall of Famer Marian Hossa.

Morreale -- Marco Kasper, C, Rogle (SWE): Kasper (6-1, 187) has good hockey sense, great compete, an accurate shot and is a proven leader capable of playing center or wing. The Austria-born forward had a strong season in the Swedish Hockey League, and six points (two goals, four assists) in 12 games to help Rogle to its first Champions Hockey League title.

13. New York Islanders

Kimelman -- Denton Mateychuk: Getting more dynamic at defenseman could be an area of focus for the Islanders, who had one defenseman score more than five goals this season (Noah Dobson, 13) and lack a game-breaking prospect at the position. Mateychuk can use his outstanding skating as an impact offensive player but also knows how to utilize it smartly to defend. And while he doesn't have towering size, he's not afraid to play physically when needed.

Morreale -- Kevin Korchinski: The Islanders need high-end offensive-minded defensemen in their prospect pool and Korchinski generates scoring chances in all situations. He was second among WHL defensemen with 61 assists and was the first defenseman in the league since Darryl Sydor in 1989-90 (Kamloops, 66 assists) to have 60 or more assists in his first year of NHL draft eligibility.

14. Winnipeg Jets

Kimelman -- Marco Kasper: Kasper's athleticism, skating and offensive ability stood out against older competition in the SHL this season; his 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 46 games led all under-18 players in the league. With the long-term future of top centers Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois unclear, the Jets likely will look to take the best center available.

Morreale -- Ryan Chesley, D, USA U-18 (NTDP): Chesley (6-foot, 201) is a solid skater who led NTDP defensemen with 12 goals this season. He defends well, can play physical and is consistently reliable. The right-hand shot, compared by some to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh, will play at the University of Minnesota next season.

Video: Draft Prospect: Best of Ryan Chesley

15. Vancouver Canucks

Kimelman -- Ryan Chesley: The Canucks need to add youth to their group of defensemen to go along with Quinn Hughes, and Chesley brings a bit of everything. A right-shot defenseman, he played primarily on the left side this season. He also played more of a shut-down role for the NTDP but showcased a high-end offensive game with the U-17 team in 2020-21 (34 points in 37 games). He'll likely be able to showcase more of those offensive skills next season at the University of Minnesota.

Morreale -- Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg (WHL): Geekie (6-3, 190) fills a big need for Vancouver with more size down the middle. He's fantastic value at this point in the draft and hard to contain with his high-end compete and deceptive speed, and he's shifty in tight quarters. He had 70 points (24 goals, 46 assists) in 63 games.

16. Buffalo Sabres (from Vegas Golden Knights)

Kimelman -- Isaac Howard, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP): Howard (5-10, 180) led the NTDP with 82 points (33 goals, 49 assists) in 60 games and at the World U-18s with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in six games. He was overshadowed by some of his teammates but Howard's skating and strength down low in the offensive zone make him a standout prospect.

Morreale -- Lian Bichsel, D, Leksand (SWE): The Switzerland-born left-shot defenseman moves well for his size (6-5, 225), makes a good first pass out of the defensive zone and is aggressive in battles around the net. He had three points (one goal, two assists) and averaged 11:48 of ice time in 29 games this season, his first in the SHL.

17. Nashville Predators

Kimelman -- Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current (WHL): The Predators haven't selected a defenseman in the top two rounds of the draft since 2016 (Dante Fabbro, Samuel Girard) and Pickering (6-4, 180) is the right player to end that run. At 18 years old the left-handed shot was the top defenseman on a Swift Current team that struggled this season, but scouts liked how he responded to the adversity. He's a strong skater who is solid in his end, handled his high ice time well in all situations, and showed some offensive ability with 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 62 games.

Morreale -- Rutger McGroarty, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP): A versatile player with great leadership skills, McGroarty (6-1, 204) thinks the game at a high level, will shoot the puck and competes all over the ice. He led the NTDP with 35 goals this season and will play at the University of Michigan next season.

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18. Dallas Stars

Kimelman -- Lane Hutson, D, USA U-18 (NTDP): Hutson has a dynamic offensive game that stands out among players in his draft class; his 63 points (10 goals, 53 assists) in 65 games were the second-most ever by an NTDP defenseman (Cam York, 65, 2018-19). And fears about his size (5-8, 158) could be moot; he said an endocrinologist informed him his bone age is younger than his chronological age, and there's a good chance he could grow as tall as 5-11 while playing at least a season or two at Boston University.

Morreale -- Owen Pickering: Pickering might have the highest upside at this point in the draft. He's a good skater who defends well with his feet and reach, taking time away from opponents.

19. Minnesota Wild (from Los Angeles Kings)

Kimelman -- Jimmy Snuggerud, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP): Snuggerud (6-1, 188) was called the most improved player during his two seasons at the NTDP by his coach. He improved his skating, which allows him to get into more dangerous areas to use his shot, which is considered by scouts to be one of the best in this draft class. He's a straight-line player with a power forward game that should translate well to the pro level.

Morreale -- Filip Mesar, RW, Poprad (SVK): The Wild could use greater depth on wing and Mesar, who scouts have compared to Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen, is a strong skater with a good understanding of the game. The right-hand shot (5-9, 174) has great vision, plays with intensity and has good offensive instincts. He had 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 37 games in the top professional league in Slovakia.

20. Washington Capitals

Kimelman -- Frank Nazar, C, USA U-18 (NTDP): Nazar (5-10, 180) is an explosive skater, and his speed allows him to pull away from defensemen or to use as a weapon to push defenders back to create space for himself. With Nicklas Backstrom's future uncertain, adding depth at center could be a direction the Capitals look.

Morreale -- Danila Yurov: Yurov is a smart, hard-working, two-way forward with good vision and a high compete level in all three zones. He's under contract in the KHL for at least one more season but taking a chance on him here could be a smart value move.

Video: Draft Prospect: Best of Frank Nazar

21. Pittsburgh Penguins

Kimelman - Jiri Kulich, C, Karlovy Vary (CZE): Kulich (5-11, 178) had a star turn at the World U-18s, leading the tournament with nine goals in six games and winning the most valuable player award. The tournament showcased the great speed and all-around play he displayed in Extraliga, and one scout compared him to Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak.

Morreale -- Nathan Gaucher, C, Quebec (QMJHL): A strong right-shot center who was used in all situations, Gaucher (6-3, 207) had 57 points (31 goals, 26 assists) in 66 games. He tied for first among Quebec Major Junior Hockey League skaters with five shorthanded goals and scored five power-play goals. Gaucher is strong on face-offs and is a solid presence in front of the opposing net and was an alternate captain this season.

22. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston Bruins)

Kimelman -- Conor Geekie: Geekie's skating has concerned some scouts, while others believe it's fine now and that as he fills out physically and develops his lower body, it will continue to improve. Adding Geekie here to go with Calder Trophy finalist Trevor Zegras and Mason McTavish, the No. 3 pick in the 2021 draft, could give Anaheim high-end center depth as it moves into a future without the retired Ryan Getzlaf.

Morreale -- Isaac Howard: The Ducks get value late in the first round by taking the leading scorer on the talented NTDP U-18 team. Howard has great quickness, instincts and is tenacious on pucks. He'll continue his development at the University of Minnesota Duluth next season.

23. St. Louis Blues

Kimelman -- Nathan Gaucher: With centers Ryan O'Reilly (31) and Brayden Schenn (30) each older than 30, it might be time to start thinking of the future through the middle. Gaucher is a big, strong center who would fit well with the Blues' physical, hard-forechecking style of play.

Morreale -- Liam Ohgren, LW, Djurgarden Jr. (SWE-JR): An explosive skater with speed, acceleration and balance, Ohgren (6-1, 201) could be a steal at this point in the draft. He plays with a lot of energy, is strong on the forecheck and has great work ethic. He had 58 points (33 goals, 25 assists) in 30 games in Sweden's junior league.

24. Minnesota Wild

Kimelman -- Luca Del Bel Belluz, C, Mississauga (OHL): Del Bel Belluz (6-foot, 179) is a good skater with strong puck control skills and quick hands that make him effective in tight spaces. He's also a committed 200-foot player. After taking centers Marco Rossi (No. 9) and Marat Khusnutdinov (No. 37) with their first two picks in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Wild could continue to enhance their skill at the position.

Morreale -- Jimmy Snuggerud: Snuggerud made tremendous strides in the second half of the season. He was second on the NTDP with seven power-play goals and had a goal and a game-high seven shots on goal at the 2022 BioSteel All-American Game. His ceiling is high because all the elements are there for a long, successful NHL career.

25. Toronto Maple Leafs

Kimelman -- Matias Havelid, D, Linkoping Jr. (SWE-JR): Havelid (5-9, 165) is an outstanding skater with a big shot from the blue line. He was second at the World U-18s with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in six games to help Sweden win the tournament. Adding strength is a necessity, especially when it comes to playing in his end, but Havelid has all the qualities of a future NHL power-play quarterback.

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Morreale -- Owen Beck, C, Mississauga (OHL): Beck (5-11, 187) tied for fifth among OHL rookies with 51 points and was ninth with 30 assists. He was voted best on face-offs in the OHL Eastern Conference coaches' poll after finishing second in the league in face-off winning percentage (60.6 percent; minimum 100 face-offs). Beck doesn't have much flash but might be one of the most consistent players in this draft class.

26. Montreal Canadiens (from Calgary Flames)

Kimelman -- Brad Lambert, C, Pelicans (FIN): After selecting Wright at No. 1, the Canadiens could continue to add depth at the position with Lambert, whose skating and speed drive his offensive game. He can use it to back off defenders and his strong edge work allows him to quickly create room for himself to get his shot off. He has played center and the wing and has top-level experience after playing in Liiga the past three seasons.

Morreale -- Rieger Lorenz, LW, Okotoks (AJHL): Lorenz (6-2, 194) dominated the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and was named rookie of the year after leading first-year players with 38 goals. He had a 16-game point streak from Dec. 4-Jan. 25 and led the AJHL with five shorthanded goals. Lorenz is a power forward with impressive skill.

27. Arizona Coyotes (from Carolina Hurricanes via Montreal Canadiens)

Kimelman -- David Goyette, C, Sudbury (OHL): After selecting a defenseman with their first pick, the Coyotes could opt for Goyette (5-10, 175), who is among the best skaters in this year's draft. He can execute at top speed and finished the season strong with 57 points (29 goals, 28 assists) in his final 45 games.

Morreale -- Noah Warren, D, Gatineau (QMJHL): The right-shot defenseman is physically mature (6-5, 224), has a good skating stride and scouts like his speed and agility. Arizona could use a few defensemen with an edge to their game in the pipeline and Warren checks those boxes. He had 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 62 games this season after four points (one goal, three assists) in 29 games in 2020-21.

28. Buffalo Sabres (from Florida Panthers)

Kimelman -- Tristan Luneau, D, Gatineau (QMJHL): The Sabres could use some depth on the right side of their defense and Luneau (6-1, 189) would be a good option here. He's a good skater with a strong, accurate shot he's able to get through traffic. He led Gatineau defensemen with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) in 43 games.

Morreale -- Frank Nazar: Nazar is a smart, skilled right-shot forward who plays with energy to be first on pucks and can play big minutes on the power play and penalty kill. He had 70 points (28 goals, 42 assists) in 56 games and nine points (three goals, six assists) in six games at the World U-18s. Nazar will play at the University of Michigan next season.

29. Edmonton Oilers

Kimelman -- Jagger Firkus, RW, Moose Jaw (WHL): One scout said among Firkus' best traits is his ability to hide in plain sight, almost appearing out of nowhere, then finding the back of the net with a quick, hard, accurate shot. With left-shot centers in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, giving them a scoring option at right wing like Firkus (5-10, 151), who led Moose Jaw with 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists) in 66 games, could add some needed youth and versatility to the Oilers offense.

Morreale -- Jiri Kulich: Kulich interviewed with all 32 NHL clubs at the NHL Scouting Combine, showing how interested teams are in him. Recognized as a goal-scorer and quick on his feet, the left-handed shot was a standout at the World U-18s. He's smart and is always on the move, looking to make things happen.

30. Winnipeg Jets (from New York Rangers)

Kimelman -- Rutger McGroarty: McGroarty was the captain of the NTDP U-18 team, which speaks to his leadership ability. His shot and hockey sense are NHL caliber, and his coach compared him to New York Islanders forward Anders Lee. McGroarty's skating also got better from last season to this season, and projects to keep improving as he continues to develop physically.

Morreale -- Luca Del Bel Belluz: A responsible, high-end center, Del Bel Belluz was used in all situations because of his good speed, skating ability, excellent hands and puck skills. Compared by some to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli, Del Bel Belluz was second on Mississauga with 76 points (30 goals, 46 assists) and led them with 12 power-play goals in 68 games.

31. Tampa Bay Lightning

Kimelman -- Rieger Lorenz: Lorenz's work ethic and physicality drive a skilled offensive game. He patterns his game after Lightning forward Alex Killorn, so adding a similar type of skilled, gritty player could be intriguing for Tampa Bay.

Morreale -- Reid Schaefer, LW, Seattle (WHL): The Lightning could bolster their pipeline with power forwards on the left side and Schaefer (6-3, 213) popped this season. He's good at protecting the puck, is strong along the boards and in front of the net and became an offensive threat this season. He had 58 points (32 goals, 26 assists) in 66 regular-season games, and was second among rookies in the WHL playoffs with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 25 games.

32. Arizona Coyotes (from Colorado Avalanche)

Kimelman -- Ty Nelson, D, North Bay (OHL): Nelson's skating is outstanding going forward or backward. He can carry pucks out of his zone and lead the rush, and his ability to track back and keep a tight gap allows him to break up plays before they become dangerous and trigger transition offense. A right-handed shot, Nelson (5-10, 196) had 51 points (nine goals, 42 assists) in 66 games this season.

Morreale -- Brad Lambert: Arizona needs to continue to add depth up front, and at this spot Lambert would be a good pick. A skilled forward with playmaking skills, Lambert combines speed, agility, balance and a good work ethic, and he had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 49 games in Liiga with JYP and Pelicans.


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Where is Logan Cooley playing next? ›

Cooley is the highest Coyotes draft pick since Dylan Strome in 2015. He is from Pittsburgh, Penn., and is committed to play at the University of Minnesota next year before jumping to the pros in 2023-24.

Who is the best player in the 2022 NHL Draft? ›

Top 50 prospects available for Day 2 of the NHL Draft
1.Ryan ChesleyUSHL
2.Jagger FirkusWHL
3.Owen BeckOHL
4.Lane HutsonUSHL
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How good is Logan Cooley? ›

Cooley, the second-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, is considered the No. 1 player in the entire class by's Chris Peters, while TSN's Bob McKenzie and The Athletic's Scott Wheeler put him at No. 3.

Is 2022 a strong NHL draft? ›

The 2022 draft class appears to be a strong one. Certainly, it's miles better than the 2021 group. At the top of the list is a bonafide franchise-changing prospect. Following him is a group of eight all with a legitimate claim to second overall.

Why did Arizona pick Cooley? ›

Arizona desperately needs offense, and Cooley definitely provides that. He has shown that he can score and has been compared to the Coyotes' own Clayton Keller. Cooley is committed to the University of Minnesota next season, which fits with the Coyotes' rebuild plans.

Can NHL draft picks go to college? ›

NHL players can not play in college. Once they have signed a contract with an NHL team they are no longer eligible to play in the NCAA. However, players who have been drafted by an NHL team, but have not signed a contract can still play.

Who are the top 10 NHL prospects? ›

2022 NHL draft: Prospect rankings, led by Shane Wright, Logan Cooley, Juraj Slafkovsky
  1. Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL) ...
  2. Logan Cooley, C, US U-18 (NTDP) ...
  3. Cutter Gauthier, LW, US U-18 (NTDP) ...
  4. Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL) ...
  5. Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg (WHL) ...
  6. Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL) ...
  7. Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL)
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Who will go first in the 2022 NHL Draft? ›

Juraj Slafkovsky

How good is 2023 NHL draft? ›

For over a year the 2023 NHL Draft class has been establishing itself as an elite group of prospects. Judging by the quality of play at the recently completed Hlinka Gretzky Cup, this cycle of players is not likely to disappoint.

Who is cutter Gauthier compared to? ›

Projection and Comparison

Expect him to spend at least a year in the NCAA before going pro. Gauthier's game is reminiscent of Chris Kreider, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and ability.

What stick does Logan Cooley use? ›

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Can Logan Cooley play wing? ›

Though Cooley plays center now and says it's his preferred position, he has played the wing in the past, which would give the Jackets flexibility with his spot in the lineup.

Is 2022 a weak NHL draft? ›

The 2022 NHL draft has been panned as a weak draft after the top 15-20 draft picks overall. Certainly, it is particularly weak at defense and in the net. However, there is forward depth in this NHL draft that will surprise in the years to come. Forward depth that can slip to the Edmonton Oilers' draft slot at #29.

Who is the number 1 NHL draft pick? ›

First overall picks
DraftSelected byPlayer
2017New Jersey DevilsNico Hischier
2018Buffalo SabresRasmus Dahlin
2019New Jersey DevilsJack Hughes
2020New York RangersAlexis Lafreniere
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Who had the best NHL draft? ›

2. 1979. Arguably the greatest draft class in NHL history, 1979 had seven players who finished their careers with over 1000 points. Of those seven players, five ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

How many draft picks does Arizona Coyotes have in 2022? ›

The 10 total selections in the 2022 NHL Draft are the most the Coyotes have selected in a Draft since it was reduced to seven rounds in 2005.

How old is Logan Cooley? ›

Logan Cooley
BornMay 4, 2004 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
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Why does Arizona have a hockey team? ›

The NHL negotiated a temporary lease with the City of Glendale, which owns Gila River Arena. The NHL then negotiated with Reinsdorf and Ice Edge toward a deal with Glendale. Ice Edge signed a letter of intent to purchase the team from the NHL, while Reinsdorf had won the approval of the City of Glendale.

What percentage of NHL players are undrafted? ›

They went undrafted. They slipped through the cracks, but still eventually found their way to the NHL. In total, there are 82 undrafted players currently sprinkled on NHL rosters. That's approximately 12 per cent of the league.

Do NHL Draft picks get paid? ›

Any player younger than 25 as of September 15 during the year of their first contract must sign an entry-level contract, according to CapFriendly. Every entry-level contract is a two-way deal and the maximum salary for a player that is drafted in 2022 is set at $925,000 annually.

What's the oldest you can be drafted in NHL? ›

How do players even enter the NHL Draft? To be eligible, players must be 18 years old by Sept. 15 and under 20 years old by Dec. 31 in the draft year.

Who is the best prospect in hockey? ›

  • Shane Wright, Kingston (OHL) NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 (North American skaters) ...
  • Logan Cooley, USA U-18 (NTDP) NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 (North American skaters) ...
  • Matthew Savoie, Winnipeg (WHL) NHL Central Scouting: No. ...
  • Marco Kasper, Rogle (SWE) NHL Central Scouting: No. ...
  • Conor Geekie, Winnipeg (WHL)

Who has the best prospect pool in NHL? ›

Minnesota Wild The Wild, a team building itself into a contender, has the best prospect system in the NHL. The star potential in their top 5 (Rossi, Boldy, Addison, Yurov and Ohgren) is immense. Nobody else can touch it. Great depth in the system as well as they have tons of potential NHL pieces outside the top 5.

Do the Flyers have a first round pick in 2022? ›

It marks the Flyers' fourth draft under general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr. The fifth overall pick will be the regime's third first-round selection.

Who has first pick in 2023 NHL draft? ›

2023 NHL mock draft
1CHIConnor Bedard
2ARIAdam Fantilli
3SJMatvei Michkov
4MONDalibor Dvorsky
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Who are the top NHL prospects for 2023? ›

Breaking down Central Scouting's initial A-rated 2023 NHL Draft prospects
  • Cameron Allen, D (Guelph, OHL) ...
  • Colby Barlow, LW (Owen Sound, OHL) ...
  • Connor Bedard, C (Regina, WHL) ...
  • Zach Benson, LW (Winnipeg, WHL) ...
  • Carson Bjarnason, G (Brandon, WHL) ...
  • Daniil But, LW (Yaroslavl, MHL) ...
  • Leo Carlsson, C (Orebo, SHL)
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Who will be on the cover of NHL 23? ›

Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse made history after EA Sports announced the two forwards as the cover stars of NHL 23 on Wednesday. Zegras is the first Anaheim Ducks player to be featured on the cover of the NHL video game.

What year will Connor Bedard be drafted? ›

For the 2023 NHL Draft, that player is most certainly Connor Bedard. Having just turned 17 in July, it's a lot of weight to put on the youngsters' shoulders, but every step of his career to date has been marked by rising to and exceeding expectations.

Is Marco Kasper good? ›

Kasper is a very good skater. His ability to play the game at pace in both directions helps him to play a 200-foot game. He has very good speed and acceleration in both directions. Kasper also has very good agility and edgework.

Is Cutter Gauthier swedish? ›

Cutter is the son of Sean Gauthier, and was born during Sean's playing career in Sweden.

Is Cutter Gauthier NHL ready? ›

That's his immediate plan at least. "Yeah, I think one year in the NCAA and then I'll be ready to play in the National Hockey League and help the Philadelphia Flyers win a Stanley Cup in the near future," Gauthier said.
Overall Pick5
Player, Pos.Cutter Gauthier
StatusDrafted Thursday
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What kind of player is Logan Cooley? ›

He doesn't only thrive in the offensive zone, he can make elite plays in the defensive zone too. Combined with his faceoff ability, diligence to a 200-foot game, smart stick and high hockey IQ, he is someone every aspiring Stanley Cup winner wants on their team and every coach wants on the ice in key situations.

How good is Juraj Slafkovsky? ›

Slafkovsky is almost universally considered to be the most NHL-ready player of this draft class. His size, shot, and skating are all at a professional level, and have been on display against men in the top Finnish professional league.

How good is Simon Nemec? ›

Nemec is a very strong and accurate puck distributor. He has great awareness and vision to locate his teammates with crisp and clean passes, especially on the breakout. He also has a very great point shot as he has tremendous power.

Does Logan Cooley have brothers? ›

I have two older brothers, Eric and Riley, that played. I was surrounded by hockey, so I had no other choice, really. I'm glad I picked hockey, though. Being from Pittsburgh, we went to a lot of Penguins games when I was growing up.

Who are the kids at the NHL draft? ›

  • Mason McTavish - 3rd Overall Pick - Anaheim Ducks.
  • Tyler Boucher - 10th Overall Pick - Ottawa Senators.
  • Cole Sillinger - 12th Overall Pick - Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Chase Stillman - 29th Overall Pick - New Jersey Devils.
  • Josh Doan - 37th Overall Pick - Arizona Coyotes.
  • Jackson Blake - 109th Overall Pick - Carolina Hurricanes.

Who Will Red Wings draft? ›

Detroit Red Wings pick Marco Kasper No. 8 in 2022 NHL draft.

How old is Logan Cooley? ›

Logan Cooley
BornMay 4, 2004 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
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Does Logan Cooley have brothers? ›

I have two older brothers, Eric and Riley, that played. I was surrounded by hockey, so I had no other choice, really. I'm glad I picked hockey, though. Being from Pittsburgh, we went to a lot of Penguins games when I was growing up.

How good is Juraj Slafkovsky? ›

Slafkovsky is almost universally considered to be the most NHL-ready player of this draft class. His size, shot, and skating are all at a professional level, and have been on display against men in the top Finnish professional league.

What position does Logan Cooley? ›

Though Cooley plays center now and says it's his preferred position, he has played the wing in the past, which would give the Jackets flexibility with his spot in the lineup.

How tall is Shane Wright? ›

What number is Shane Wright? ›

What stick does Logan Cooley use? ›

LOGAN COOLEY PROJECTED 1st Overall Jetspeed FT4 Pro Hockey Stick. PROJECTED 1st OVERALL NHL DRAFT PICK GAME USED STICK, LOGAN COOLEY In great condition sturdy blade stick is all in good shape and used by cooley in game at the world juniors this year.

How old is Zam Plante? ›

Plante is a 17-year-old center out of Hermantown, Minnesota. He is committed to playing NCAA Division One hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth beginning in the 2023-24 season.

Who are the kids at the NHL draft? ›

  • Mason McTavish - 3rd Overall Pick - Anaheim Ducks.
  • Tyler Boucher - 10th Overall Pick - Ottawa Senators.
  • Cole Sillinger - 12th Overall Pick - Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Chase Stillman - 29th Overall Pick - New Jersey Devils.
  • Josh Doan - 37th Overall Pick - Arizona Coyotes.
  • Jackson Blake - 109th Overall Pick - Carolina Hurricanes.

Is Slafkovsky better than Wright? ›

Comparing the pure tools, Wright is a slightly better skater but there's not much of a difference, though. I think Slafkovsky's pure puck skills are better, but Wright is a smarter player who makes more plays. Wright also has a higher compete level, leading him to be a solid two-way center.

How old is Slafkovsky? ›

What kind of player is Juraj Slafkovsky? ›

This is a player that combines the size of a power forward with the skill and finesse of an offensive star. He is a legitimate option for the New Jersey Devils with the 2nd overall pick in the draft.

What kind of player is Logan Cooley? ›

He doesn't only thrive in the offensive zone, he can make elite plays in the defensive zone too. Combined with his faceoff ability, diligence to a 200-foot game, smart stick and high hockey IQ, he is someone every aspiring Stanley Cup winner wants on their team and every coach wants on the ice in key situations.

What part of Pittsburgh is Logan Cooley from? ›

Cooley is from West Mifflin, and was the second ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. Cooley famously got his start with Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins program several years ago during its first season.


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