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Plan-Too-Early 2022 1st-Round NHL Mock Draft

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    The 2022 NHL draft would possibly be hosted by the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. This may per chance possibly possibly be held over two days, with Round 1 on Thursday, July 7, and Rounds 2 via 7 on Friday, July 8.

    It be the first time this tournament would possibly be staged in an NHL city with all its teams in a single place since 2019 in Vancouver. The 2020 draft turn out to be alleged to be held in Montreal, but it indubitably and this twelve months’s draft were staged when it comes to resulting from of COVID-19.

    Unlike the leisure two years, draft-eligible players throughout North American and Europe would possibly be taking half in long-established seasons again of their respective leagues. The pandemic wreaked havoc on schedules remaining season, with a assortment of leagues taking half in shortened schedules. Some, love the Ontario Hockey League, canceled their whole 2020-21 campaigns.

    These promising younger players will rep a chance to murder no longer lawful in entrance of fans but additionally scouts from all 32 NHL teams. Their opinions will play the most indispensable role in determining which potentialities would possibly be selected in every spherical of the draft and whereby expose.

    With NHL coaching camp underway and the initiate of the 2021-22 season hastily drawing conclude, there’s no longer any greater time to stage a indubitably early mock draft of the first spherical of the 2022 draft. Without a present NHL standings, the draft positions are in response to Bleacher Stories’ Sept. 15 Energy Rankings with supplemental recordsdata via Cap Pleasant.

    This listing can also be in response to DobberProspects.com’s Scouting Teams Preliminary 2022 NHL draft rankings, TSN’s Craig Button’s September rankings and The Athletic’s 2022 NHL draft top-24 potentialities. Extra recordsdata supplied by Elite Possibilities and The Athletic’s NHL Pipeline Rankings 2021-22.

    Attain you settle or disagree with our mock draft picks? In fact be at liberty to weigh in on this matter in the comments portion.

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    Winner of the 2021 NHL draft lottery, the Sabres archaic that selection to decide University of Michigan defenseman Owen Energy. Given their runt roster depth and the doable long-length of time absence of Jack Eichel for the coming season, there’s a valid chance they can furthermore preserve the 2022 lottery. In that case, they can furthermore take Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

    Wright had a formidable OHL debut with the Frontenacs in 2019-20, main them with 39 targets and 66 factors in 58 games. Despite the OHL canceling its whole 2020-21 season resulting from of COVID-19, the 6’1″, 187-pound center tallied 14 factors in nine games, main Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    On July 25, NHL Central Scouting’s Joey Tenute suggested NHL.com’s Mike G. Morreale he even handed Wright “the definition of a hockey participant and may per chance possibly be a franchise participant in the NHL in a couple of years.” He singled out the baby’s maturity, elite-diploma hockey smarts, two-methodology sport and most attention-grabbing shot.

    Given the continuing uncertainty over Eichel’s future in Buffalo, the Sabres is liable to be seeking a future franchise center to change him. If Eichel stays, he and Wright may per chance possibly offer them with a deep diploma of superior skills at center for years.

    Existing:  The NHL now restricts teams from successful the lottery greater than twice inner a 5-twelve months span, but wins sooner than 2022 may per chance possibly furthermore no longer count in opposition to that total. Thus, the Sabres can preserve the draft lottery again subsequent twelve months.

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    The Seattle Kraken were 2d in the 2021 NHL draft Lottery. They would possibly possibly discontinuance up in that plan again subsequent season looking on their placement in the standings following their inaugural campaign. It would put them in a valid plan to make a preference Brad Lambert of JYP in Liiga, Finland’s top expert league.

    A center who may per chance possibly furthermore skate on the proper flee, Lambert had 15 factors in 46 games remaining season with JYP. He also peaceable 5 assists in as many games taking half in for Finland at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship and 4 factors in seven contests at the U20 Championship.

    The nephew of Original York Islanders affiliate coach Lane Lambert, the 17-twelve months-musty turn out to be born in Lahti, Finland. He earned praise from Goran Stubb, the European director of NHL Central Scouting.

    “Brad is a mobile, valid skater with acceleration and valid straightaway tempo,” acknowledged Stubb. He also took portray of Lambert’s playmaking abilities and work ethic.

    Unable to land an staunch first-line center of their expansion draft, the Kraken may per chance possibly draft and contain their very possess. Lambert has the abilities to doubtlessly blossom into that role in a couple of years.

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    With three picks in the first spherical, the rebuilding Arizona Coyotes is liable to be successfully-positioned to land some quality skills in the 2022 draft. Assuming they discontinuance up at third total with their very possess selection, they can furthermore take Simon Nemec from HK Nitra in Slovakia.

    The Coyotes had two younger proper-hand defensemen of their machine in Conor Timmins and Victor Soderstrom. On the other hand, The Athletic’s Corey Pronman projects every as center-of-the-lineup players. This club will need one other doable top-two blueliner on the roster to in some unspecified time in the future skate alongside Jakob Chychrun. Nemec may per chance possibly doubtlessly own that role down the road.

    Goran Stubb, the European director of NHL Central Scouting, turn out to be impressed by Nemec’s maturity, energy and coolness under fireplace. “He’s a clear defenseman with a valid plight of tools … a valid skater with stunning mobility,” he acknowledged.

    A proper-shot blueliner, the 17-twelve months-musty Nemec already possesses NHL size at 6’1″ and 192 kilos. He tallied 19 factors in 37 games with HK Nitra and played for Slovakia at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship and with older skills at this twelve months’s IIHF World Championship.

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    The Ottawa Senators are loaded with valid younger forwards, including worn first-spherical picks Brady Tkachuk and Tim Stutzle. They even possess a promising left-shot defenseman of their machine in 2020 first-rounder Jake Sanderson but is liable to be in need of an staunch-hand blueliner this time around. One option is liable to be Tristan Luneau from the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

    In his Senators’ pipeline rating, The Athletic’s Corey Pronman listed proper-shot defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker as a projected center-of-the-lineup participant. Assuming the Senators don’t manufacture a top-four proper-facet blueliner over the next couple of years, they can must draft and contain one.

    Pronman also identified Luneau turn out to be a top rookie in the QMJHL remaining season, tallying 18 factors in 31 games. DobberProspects.com’s Brayden Olafson considers the 6’2″, 174-pound Luneau a “sturdy and colossal defenseman” who plays successfully at every ends of the rink.

    Luneau has the tools to turn out to be a skillful puck-transferring defenseman at the NHL diploma. The Senators may per chance possibly acquire him an bright option as a future proper-facet, top-four blueliner.

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    The rebuilding is underway in Anaheim because the Ducks transition toward youthful skills equivalent to worn first-rounders Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale. Matthew Savoie from the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) may per chance possibly furthermore be a valid addition to their ranks.

    With the WHL taking half in a runt schedule remaining season resulting from of COVID-19, the 5’10”, 181-pound Savoie spent the 2020-21 campaign on mortgage to the Dubuque Combating Saints of the US Hockey League. He performed thoroughly, tallying 21 targets and 38 factors in 34 games to manufacture fourth amongst Combating Saints scorers.

    A versatile forward who can skate at center or proper flee, Savoie’s offensive abilities drew the attention of Greg Rajanen of NHL Central Scouting.

    “He’s received excessive hockey IQ, valid vision to in discovering birth teammates and can create plays whereas under stress,” acknowledged Rajanen. He also vital the baby took hits to create plays and turn out to be valid at taking the puck to the in discovering.

    The Ducks possess two promising younger providers and products in Zegras and 2021 first-rounder Mason McTavish but may per chance possibly expend some proper-flee skill amongst their top-5 of their pipeline. Savoie may per chance possibly furthermore be a valid match here.

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    The Detroit Red Wings possess gradually rebuilt under traditional manager Steve Yzerman. Since he took over in 2019, they’ve selected such promising younger of us as Moritz Seider, Lucas Raymond, Simon Edvinsson and Sebastian Cossa with their first-spherical picks. Logan Cooley of the united states Hockey National Team Style Program (USNTDP) is liable to be subsequent in Yzerman’s sights.

    DobberProspects.com’s Prick Richard known as Cooley “an incandescent two-methodology forward who plays a dilapidated sport for his age.” Even though slender at 5’10” and 174 kilos, the 17-twelve months-musty center drew praise from Richards for his tempo, hockey smarts and all-around abilities. 

    Cooley had a busy 2020-21 season. He performed third amongst USNTDP Juniors with 28 factors, netted 32 factors with the U.S. national U17 crew and had 14 factors with the U18 squad. He also played in 5 games for the US at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    The Red Wings possess two providers and products of their pipeline in Michael Rasmussen and Joe Veleno. Both are projected as center lineup players. A skillful two-methodology forward equivalent to Cooley may per chance possibly give them a future 2d-line center.

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    As soon as an NHL powerhouse, the San Jose Sharks disregarded the playoffs in every of the leisure two seasons. They started rebuilding their prospect pipeline by deciding on left winger William Eklund with the seventh total selection in this twelve months’s draft. They is liable to be in line for one other top-10 buy subsequent twelve months, which may per chance possibly land them Juraj Slafkovsky from TPS of Liiga in Finland.

    At 6’4″ and 225 kilos, Slafkovsky is a big Slovakian forward who can play center or left flee. He’s spent his formative hockey years taking half in in Finland. He tallied 13 factors in 16 games with the TPS U20 crew remaining season and likewise skated for Slovakia at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship and with older players at the 2021 World Championships.

    European director of NHL Central Scouting’s Goran Stubb acknowledged Slafkovsky “skates surprisingly successfully for a huge man with very valid vision and dealing out of the game.” He believes the 17-twelve months-musty may per chance possibly furthermore be a top name in the 2022 NHL draft.

    One other disregarded postseason in 2022 may per chance possibly put more stress on Sharks administration to befriend rebuilding their roster. With a device of their top players now 30 or older, they possess to begin the transition toward youthful skills. Alongside with Eklund, Slafkovsky may per chance possibly turn out to be phase of the next wave of Sharks stars.

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets did successfully replenishing their prospect cabinet this offseason, deciding on providers and products Kent Johnson and Cole Sillinger and defenseman Corson Ceulemans. Ivan Miroshnichenko of Omskie Kyrlia in Russia’s VHL (Supreme Hockey League) is liable to be one other valid addition to that mix of promising younger of us.

    DobberProspects.com’s Zack Szweras considers Miroshnichenko as a doable top-5 participant in the 2022 draft. He pointed to the 17-twelve months-musty Russian left winger’s performances at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (eight factors in seven games) and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, where he captained Russia to a gold medal.

    At 6’1″ and 185 kilos, Miroshnichenko already has valid NHL size. The Athletic’s Corey Pronman believes he has NHL-diploma skating and skill, singling out his enormous shot and physical play. 

    The Blue Jackets lack a left flee amongst the stop 5 of their most promising younger of us. Miroshnichenko may per chance possibly offer them with a future scorer on the left facet of their 2d line, assuming they befriend Patrik Laine in the fold beyond this season.

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    The Vancouver Canucks possess a colorful future with 25-and-youthful players equivalent to Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser and Thatcher Demko. Their blue-line depth, alternatively, remains an place of effort, giving up the third-best probably footage-in opposition to per sport (33.4) remaining season. Presumably they can purpose a defenseman equivalent to Ryan Chesley of the united states National Team Style Program (USNTDP).

    The Athletic’s Corey Pronman admired Chesley’s solid skating, suggesting he may per chance possibly furthermore be a solid two-methodology defenseman. DobberProspects.com’s Alexander Annun described Chesley as “a mobile two-methodology defenseman whose shot and vision create him a threat when working on the energy play.”

    At 6’0″ and 194 kilos, the 17-twelve months-musty Chesley already has valid NHL size. He netted 34 factors in 37 games remaining season with the USNTDP U17 crew, 14 factors in 27 games with their Junior squad and two factors in 12 games with their U18 crew. The younger blueliner also looked in 5 games for the united states at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

    The Canucks may per chance possibly continue to murder up their depth in prospect defensemen. Chesley may per chance possibly brand a stunning addition to their ranks once he is totally developed his sport at the college diploma.

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    Four years after reaching the Stanley Cup Final and three years after taking house the Presidents’ Trophy, the Nashville Predators are engaged in a aggressive rebuild. That can possibly own deciding on Rutger McGroarty of the USNTDP if they discontinuance up at this point in the 2022 NHL draft.

    The 6’0″, 205-pound center scored 35 factors in 34 games remaining season with the USNTDP U17 crew. He also netted 19 factors in 30 games with the Junior squad in the USHL and looked in 5 games for the united states in the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    DobberProspects.com’s Prick Richard described McGroarty as one in every of the most whole potentialities in the 2022 class. He cited the younger center’s offensive abilities, aggressive forecheck and physical play.

    The Predators traded away worn core players Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson this summer. They would possibly possibly attain the an identical with Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm if unable to re-signal the pending free brokers by the March commerce closing date. Chesley may per chance possibly turn out to be phase of a rising nick of promising Predators that includes goaltender Yaroslav Askarov, Eeli Tolvanen and Philip Tomasino.

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    Following two consecutive first-spherical playoff exits, the Calgary Flames failed to qualify for the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. One other disregarded postseason may per chance possibly put them in vary of touchdown a top-15 buy in the 2022 draft. Conor Geekie of the WHL’s Winnipeg Ice is liable to be any person on their radar.

    Geekie, 17, is the youthful brother of Seattle Kraken forward Morgan Geekie. He already has spectacular size at 6’4″ and 205 kilos. He put up 23 factors in 24 games for the Ice in the WHL’s COVID-19-shortened season, finishing fourth amongst their main scorers.

    The Athletic’s Corey Pronman praised Geekie’s excessive-discontinuance puck abilities. DobberProspects.com’s Prick Richard also singled out Geekie’s offensive abilities and willingness to throw his weight around. They mediate about his skating an field, but that can toughen as he bodily matures.

    The Flames may per chance possibly note extra depth at center if veterans Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm proceed as free brokers over the next couple of seasons. Geekie’s energy-forward doable may per chance possibly create him an intelligent draft purpose.

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    The Original Jersey Devils possess achieved successfully drafting and setting up skills over the past several seasons. Nico Hischier, Jack and Luke Hughes, Ty Smith and Alexander Holtz are amongst their present indispensable picks. On the other hand, they possess handiest one proper-hand defenseman amongst their top 15 of their pipeline. Seamus Casey of the USNTDP may per chance possibly furthermore be a doable solution to that field.

    Brayden Olafson of DobberProspects.com considers Casey a “utility defender who’s capable of taking half in with a excessive diploma of effectiveness on special teams deployment.” He singled out his active stick in the defensive zone in addition to to his positioning and puck dawdle.

    The 5’10”, 161-pound Casey is slender but put up valid numbers with the USNTDP remaining season. He performed with 36 factors in 46 games with their U17 crew and 20 factors in 30 games with their Junior squad in the USHL.

    Casey’s promising puck-transferring ability and hockey smarts may per chance possibly survey him blossom valid into a skillful top-four NHL defender. He may per chance possibly turn out to be a promising option for the Devils if they discontinuance up deciding on at this stage in the draft.

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    Arthur Kaliyev is the most helpful proper flee amongst the stop-10 players in the Los Angeles Kings’ in every other case deep prospect pool. They is liable to be available in the market for any person equivalent to Danila Yurov of Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk in Russia’s MHL at this stage of the draft.

    The 6’1″, 172-pound Yurov also played temporarily for the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2020-21 and early this season. He tallied 25 factors in 23 MHL games remaining season. He also had 11 factors in seven games for Russia at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    TSN’s Craig Button known as Yurov “a highly effective winger with most attention-grabbing sense and abilities.” Zack Szweras of DobberProspects.com considers him to be “a hastily-paced, highly incandescent, physical hockey participant,” calling him his dusky-horse candidate to climb into the stop 5 come draft day.

    Yurov is liable to be readily accessible to the Kings if they discontinuance up amongst the stop 15 in the draft expose. With longtime King Dustin Brown coming to the discontinuance of his profession, per chance Yurov may per chance possibly in some unspecified time in the future decide over his role as a physical top-six winger.

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets bought the Chicago Blackhawks’ first-spherical buy in the 2022 draft as phase of the Seth Jones commerce on July 23. If that buy turns into one in every of the stop-two picks in this draft, the Blue Jackets would rep the Blackhawks’ 2023 first-rounder. We will recall the buy will live with the Jackets, who may per chance possibly expend it to make a preference Denton Mateychuk of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

    Stanislav Svozil is the most helpful left-handed defenseman amongst the Blue Jackets’ top 10 of their skills pipeline. Mateychuk may per chance possibly offer some worthy-well-known extra depth in that division, doubtlessly becoming a member of their blue-line corps in a couple of years.

    Mateychuk peaceable nine factors in 16 games with the Warriors of their shortened 2020-21 season. The 5’11”, 192-pounder also played three games for Canada at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    Corey Pronman of The Athletic known as Mateychuk “a terribly legitimate two-methodology defenseman,” praising his skating and hockey sense. AJ Gidaro of DobberProspects.com singled out his “offensive aptitude,” specifically his agility and willingness to affix the whisk.

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    The Arizona Coyotes received a main-spherical buy from the Montreal Canadiens as phase of the return in the Christian Dvorak commerce on Sept. 4. As the Canadiens possess their very possess and the Carolina Hurricanes’ first-spherical buy, the Coyotes will rep the increased of the two except one or every are in the stop 10, whereby case they can rep the lower of the two.

    We will recall neither buy would possibly be in the stop 10 and the Canadiens’ may per chance possibly be the very excellent. As we possess the Coyotes deciding on defenseman Simon Nemec with their very possess buy at No. 3, they can furthermore take a forward this time equivalent to left flee Isaac Howard of the USNTDP.

    Howard put up valid numbers remaining season at every diploma. He scored 54 factors in only 34 games with the NTDP U17 crew, 33 factors in 28 games with their junior squad in the USHL and 19 factors in 17 games with the U18 crew. He also had four factors in 5 games for the U.S. crew in the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    Corey Pronman of The Athletic and Alexander Annun of DobberProspects.com praised Howard’s offensive abilities, singling out his stickhandling and playmaking abilities. He may per chance possibly turn out to be the vogue of flashy scorer the rebuilding Coyotes may per chance possibly murder an offense around in a couple of years.

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    With lawful one proper-hand defenseman amongst the stop players of their pipeline, the Philadelphia Flyers is liable to be looking for one other in the 2022 draft. One option is liable to be David Jiricek of HC Plzen in the Czech Republic.

    At 6’3″ and 176 kilos, the 17-twelve months-musty Jiricek is lanky but skates successfully and possesses a indubitably exhausting shot. DobberProspects.com’s Samuel Tirpak praised his offensive abilities and his physical vogue. The Athletic’s Corey Pronman known as him “a whole defenseman” who moved successfully for his size.

    Jiricek tallied nine factors in 34 games with HC Plzen remaining season. He also saw action with the Czech Republic’s U18 and U20 squads in the 2021 IIHF World Championship tournaments.

    Despite Jiricek’s offensive abilities, Tirpak believes the younger blueliner peaceable has loads to search out out about the defensive sport. That can possibly furthermore peaceable contain time and maturity. If successfully developed, he may per chance possibly turn out to be a solid two-methodology rearguard.

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    With younger of us equivalent to Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko, Filip Chytil and Vitali Kravtsov, the Original York Rangers have a promising pool of proficient younger forwards. They would possibly possibly add Joakim Kemell of JYP in Finland to their mix by this point in the draft.

    Marek Novotny of DobberProspects.com known as Kemell “an extraordinarily fascinating participant to quiz.” He identified the 5’11”, 176-pound proper winger has an improbable shot, is a solid skater who also likes to hit and block footage. The Athletic’s Corey Pronman considers him “a nasty offensive participant.”

    Kemell played successfully remaining season for JYP U20, tallying 22 targets and 36 factors in 38 games. He also scored three targets for Finland at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. He’s off to a valid initiate with JYP this season with six factors in his first seven games.

    The Rangers continue to transition toward the youthful players currently on their roster and inner their machine. Alongside with his scoring abilities, tempo and physicality, Kemell may per chance possibly in some unspecified time in the future turn out to be a solid addition to the Blueshirts’ offensive assault.

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    A whole lot of years of trading away draft picks and potentialities to befriend a Stanley Cup contender left the Pittsburgh Penguins’ prospect cabinet nearly bare. They would not possess any providers and products amongst their top-seven players of their pipeline. Frank Nazar of the USNTDP is liable to be amongst their targets at the 2022 NHL draft.

    A versatile forward who can skate at center or proper flee, the 5’10”, 174-pound Nazar peaceable 28 targets and 55 factors in 45 games with the U.S. national U17 crew. He also had 20 targets and 36 factors in 31 games with USNTDP Juniors in the USHL. He’s anticipated to play for the University of Michigan in 2022-23.

    DobberProspects.com’s Prick Richard considers Nazar “a flexible forward with enormous tempo and a dynamic offensive skill plight.” The Athletic’s Corey Pronman singled out his skating and his competitiveness.

    The Penguins must acquire eventual replacements for future Hall of Famers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Nazar may per chance possibly furthermore no longer reach the an identical heights of stardom as these two, but he may per chance possibly blossom into an efficient NHL scorer.

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    A solid blue-line corps has been the Dallas Stars’ hallmark in present years, anchored by Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and John Klingberg. They would possibly possibly decide into yarn adding one other Scandinavian defenseman in Elias Salomonsson of Sweden’s Skelleftea AIK J20 national crew.

    The Athletic’s Corey Pronman known as Salomonsson “a 6’2″, mobile defenseman with offense.” Alexa Potack of DobberProspects.com cited his maturity and poise with the puck. Potack believes his defensive positioning desires more focal point but felt the 17-twelve months-musty has the doable to turn out to be a valid all-around rearguard.

    Salomonsson netted 15 factors in 14 games remaining season with Skelleftea’s AIK J20 squad. He also looked in seven games for Sweden at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship and three games with Skelleftea’s father or mother club in the Swedish Hockey League.

    The Stars possess lawful one proper-hand defenseman amongst their top potentialities. Salomonsson may per chance possibly again them address that field if he develops as projected.

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    The St. Louis Blues lack a left-hand defenseman amongst the potentialities currently of their pipeline. Kevin Korchinski of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds is liable to be one approach to address that need.

    TSN’s Craig Button listed Korchinski at No. 9 in his September prospect rankings. The lanky 6’1″, 168-pound blueliner peaceable 10 assists in 23 games for the Thunderbirds throughout the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season.

    Korchinski turn out to be the Thunderbirds’ first-spherical buy (10th total) in the 2019 WHL draft. In an interview with the Saskatoon Megastar-Phoenix on Would possibly per chance possibly well also merely 2, 2019, Thunderbirds director of participant personnel Cal Filson known as the baby “the total equipment as a defenseman.” He took phase this summer in Canada’s national males’s U18 crew summer pattern camp.

    As with many of the potentialities on this listing, Korchinski will need time to contain his sport and physique for the NHL diploma. Given time, he may per chance possibly turn out to be a solid left-facet addition to the Blues’ defense corps.

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    Lacking expert left wingers of their prospect pipeline, the Edmonton Oilers may per chance possibly create filling that gap a precedence at the 2022 NHL draft. Presumably Antonin Verreault of the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques would possibly be amongst their targets.

    Ranked 17th on TSN’s Craig Button’s September 2021 prospect rankings, Verreault turn out to be the 2d total selection in the 2020 QMJHL draft. The league’s Central Scouting evaluated the baby as “the most attention-grabbing offensive participant in the draft,” singling out his “superior vision,” explosive skating and sport-breaking abilities.

    Verreault did no longer disappoint in his QMJHL debut remaining season. He performed 2d amongst Olympiques scorers with six targets and 23 assists for 29 factors in 31 games.

    Diminutive by NHL requirements at 5’8″ and 163 kilos, Verreault has the tempo and offensive skills to turn out to be a scorer love the Calgary Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau. In time and with pattern, he may per chance possibly turn out to be a top-six forward for the Oilers.

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    Discovering proper proper-facet defensemen has been an field for the Winnipeg Jets since Dustin Byfuglien retired and Jacob Trouba turn out to be traded to the Original York Rangers. They also lack that vogue of blueliner amongst the stop nine of their prospect pipeline. Ty Nelson of the OHL’s North Bay Battalion is liable to be one option for them to address that field.

    Chosen first total by the Battalion in the 2020 OHL draft, Nelson did no longer survey any action remaining season because the league turn out to be shut down resulting from of COVID-19. Nonetheless, TSN’s Craig Button placed him at No. 11 amongst his September rankings of this season’s top potentialities.

    On April 6, 2020, the Hockey NewsSteven Ellis profiled Nelson following the OHL draft. Despite his diminutive stature, the 5’8″ defenseman objects his sport after Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ryan Ellis and Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Morgan Rielly. Ellis also cited some scouts comparing the baby to Minnesota Wild rearguard Jared Spurgeon and worn NHL defenseman Brian Campbell.

    Nelson will rep his opportunity this season to show what he can attain in the OHL. If he develops as projected, he may per chance possibly blueprint the fervour of a club love the Jets at this stage of the first spherical.

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    The Washington Capitals lack a skillful left winger amongst their top potentialities. One participant who may per chance possibly again own that gap is Jordan Gustafson of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.

    TSN’s Craig Button lists Gustafsson at No. 23 amongst his September prospect rankings, indicating he plays every center and left flee. Chosen eighth total by the Thunderbirds in the 2019 WHL draft, he tallied 11 factors in 23 games in his first stout WHL campaign. 

    In a Would possibly per chance possibly well also merely 9, 2019, interview with Andy Eide of 710 ESPN Seattle, Gustafson even handed himself “a hardworking, 200-foot participant” who can make contributions at every ends of the rink. His rookie efficiency with the Thunderbirds earned him an invite to Canada’s national males’s under-18 crew pattern camp this summer.

    Gustafson’s ability to play center or left flee alongside with his all-around abilities is liable to be intelligent to the Capitals. His versatility may per chance possibly give them the roster flexibility to expend him in all sport scenarios at either plan.

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    The Minnesota Wild possess taken steps to address their depth at center with promising Marco Rossi and Marat Khusnutdinov of their machine. On the other hand, they’re thin at proper flee amongst their pipeline potentialities. Nathan Gaucher of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts is liable to be amongst the picks readily accessible to the Wild at this stage of the first spherical.

    Listed as a center, TSN’s Craig Button indicates Gaucher can also be capable to taking half in proper flee. He also has him at No. 13 on his September prospect rating. The Athletic’s Corey Pronman known as the 6’3″, 207-pounder “a clear, aggressive participant,” who wins puck battles, kills penalties and is valid around the in discovering, though he would no longer mediate he has proper NHL quickness.

    Gaucher had a valid debut with the Remparts in 2019-20 with 13 targets and 24 factors in 59 games. His sophomore numbers were more spectacular, scoring 14 targets and adding 17 assists for 31 factors in 30 games to manufacture because the Remparts’ main scorer.

    As a center or an staunch winger, Gaucher’s versatility may per chance possibly create him a valid addition to the Wild’s prospect pool. He has the dimensions and two-methodology abilities to turn out to be a promising 2d-line forward.

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    An absence of expert proper wingers amongst their top-nine potentialities is liable to be an field the Toronto Maple Leafs try to address in the 2022 draft. Miko Matikka of Finland’s Jokerit U20 squad is liable to be amongst their probabilities.

    The 6’3″, 187-pound Matikka’s mountainous frame will garner attention, but his abilities may per chance possibly create him a helpful first-rounder. The Athletic’s Corey Pronman observes the 17-twelve months-musty Finn places his long reach to valid expend to destroy up plays and generate offense. Whereas his quickness is an field, he had valid scoring abilities, including a huge shot.

    Matikka played successfully in his debut remaining season with Jokerit’s U20 crew with 15 factors in 19 games. He also peaceable four factors in seven games skating for Finland at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    A gigantic winger with valid scoring abilities is liable to be lawful what the Leafs have to own the 2d-line proper flee place in the again of Mitch Marner. Matikka is liable to be that man if his skating improves.

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    The Original York Islanders landed a promising younger center in the 2021 draft when projected first-spherical buy Aatu Raty tumbled into the 2d spherical. They would possibly possibly decide into yarn adding one other with their first-spherical selection in 2022 by taking Jack Hughes of NCAA’s Northeastern University.

    No relation to Original Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes or his NHL siblings, this Jack Hughes tallied 34 factors in 38 games remaining season with the USNTDP U18 squad and played in four games for the united states in the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    The Athletic’s Corey Pronman known as the 6’0″, 165-pound Hughes “an extraordinarily expert center,” praising his one-on-one ability and playmaking. DobberProspects.com’s Alexander Annun liked his forechecking tenacity and faceoff ability.

    Hughes may per chance possibly turn out to be an eventual alternative for Islanders center Brock Nelson or Jean-Gabriel Pageau. He may per chance possibly also turn out to be insurance in case Raty fails to glean the originate that once had him projected as a main-spherical buy in this twelve months’s draft.

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    The Buffalo Sabres bought the Florida Panthers’ 2022 first-spherical buy in the Sam Reinhart commerce on July 24. If that buy is in the stop 10, that is liable to be exchanged for the Panthers’ 2023 first-rounder. Assuming that does no longer happen, the Sabres may per chance possibly take to make a preference goaltender Tyler Brennan of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars.

    Entering his third stout season with the Cougars, the 6’4″, 190-pound Brennan looked in 15 games in 2019-20 with a file of four wins, six losses and one extra time loss with a 3.34 targets-in opposition to moderate and .887 keep percentage. Even though he looked in only four games in remaining season’s shortened schedule, he showed promising enchancment, going 2-0-2 with a 2.16 GAA and .933 SP.

    Corey Pronman of The Athletic acknowledged scouts are furious over Brennan’s “size, enormous sense and methodology.” He believes the younger goalie has the doable of a big 2021-22 season.

    The Sabres also bought prospect goaltender Devon Levi in the Reinhart deal and possess Ukko-Pekka Luukkonnen of their machine. Having allowed Robin Lehner and Linus Ullmark to proceed as free brokers in present years, alternatively, it wouldn’t hurt them so that you just may per chance possibly add a promising goalie to their prospect stockpile.

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    Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo were two proper-facet defensemen drafted and developed by the Boston Bruins. They would possibly possibly possess one other at this plan by deciding on Maveric Lamoureux of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs.

    At 6’7″ and 196 kilos, Lamoureux’s size would automatically be when put next to worn Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Whereas it remains to be viewed if the hulking baby turns valid into a Chara clone, TSN’s Craig Button listed him at No. 20 on his September rating of this season’s top potentialities.

    The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) seen Lamoureux’s plan on Button’s rating. Noting he brings no shortage of size to the game, they existing he’ll continue working on his offensive sport. He peaceable seven factors in 24 games with the Voltigeurs remaining season and turn out to be invited to Canada’s national males’s U18 summer pattern camp.

    A solid efficiency by Lamoureux this season may per chance possibly create the gigantic proper-handed defenseman a tempting first-spherical option. The Bruins may per chance possibly give him consideration if he is peaceable readily accessible at this stage in the spherical. He may per chance possibly offer a further measure of depth amongst their proper-facet blueliners of their pipeline.

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    The Carolina Hurricanes gave up this buy to the Montreal Canadiens as compensation for successfully signing away Jesperi Kotkaniemi with an provide sheet. With lawful one proper-hand defenseman amongst the stop players of their prospect pipeline, the Canadiens may per chance possibly opt to make a preference Mattias Havelid of Sweden’s Linkoping HC’s J20 crew.

    Son of worn NHL defenseman Niclas Havelid, the 5’10”, 172-pound Mattias has six factors in 12 games with Linkoping’s J20 squad remaining season. He also had four factors in seven games for Sweden at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Havelid is off to a valid initiate this season with four factors in his first seven games. 

    The Athletic’s Corey Pronman considers Havelid “an extraordinarily clear puck mover,” praising his solid skating and skills to create plays in the offensive zone. He believes he has the quickness and hockey IQ to turn out to be “a tidy prospect.”

    With injuries threatening to slit brief Shea Weber’s profession and Jeff Petry drawing conclude his mid-30s, the Canadiens will have to search out proper proper-facet defensemen. Havelid may per chance possibly in some unspecified time in the future turn out to be a helpful long-length of time addition to their depth chart.

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    The Arizona Coyotes bought the Colorado Avalanche’s first-spherical buy in the 2022 draft on July 28 as phase of the return in the Darcy Kuemper commerce. With lawful one proper flee amongst their top-eight potentialities, they can furthermore take Hunter Haight of the OHL’s Barrie Colts.

    Ranked 14th on TSN’s Craig Button’s September prospect listing, Haight is a center, but Button indicates he also skates at proper flee. That versatility may per chance possibly allow the Coyotes the flexibleness to make expend of him at either plan.

    Chosen ninth total in the 2020 OHL draft by the Colts, Haight needed to wait a twelve months to affix the crew resulting from of the OHL’s shutdown remaining season by COVID-19 restrictions. He compares his vogue of play to Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat and his vision and hockey IQ to Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner. He also aspires to the an identical work ethic as Philadelphia Flyers winger and Colts alumni Travis Konecny.

    Haight turn out to be amongst the stop point producers for the under-16 Elgin Middlesex Chiefs in 2019-20 with 58 factors in 33 games. If the 5’10” forward produces comparable numbers with the Colts, he may per chance possibly furthermore be a tempting draft purpose for the Coyotes at this point in the first spherical.

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    The Vegas Golden Knights possess handiest one proper-hand defenseman amongst their top potentialities. A probably solution is liable to be Charlie Leddy of the USNTDP U18 crew.

    At 6’1″ and 174 kilos, Leddy already has first charge NHL size. He peaceable 12 factors in 46 games remaining season with the U.S. national U17 crew and 6 factors in 30 games with the USNTDP Juniors in the USHL.

    Leddy made a valid affect in his first season in the NTDP. He’s listed as legitimate in his possess discontinuance whereas taking half in a physical vogue in the offensive zone.

    In an interview remaining December, NTDP assistant director of participant personnel Rod Braceful praised the baby for his exhausting-nosed vogue and leadership. These traits may per chance possibly create Leddy a valuable addition to the Golden Knights defense corps down the road.

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    Atmosphere up younger potentialities into NHL skills has been well-known to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s championship success of the past two seasons. Assuming they possess the closing selection at the 2020 draft, they can furthermore acquire one other doable gem in Danny Zhilkin of the OHL’s Guelph Storm.

    At 6’2″ and 183 kilos, Zhilkin already has the dimensions of an NHL forward. Born in Russia, he moved to Canada at an early age with his family. TSN’s Craig Button incorporated him amongst his September rankings for this season’s top potentialities.

    A center who may per chance possibly furthermore skate at left flee, Zhilkin showed promise by tallying 15 factors in 60 games throughout his rookie season with the Storm in 2019-20. The OHL’s shutdown remaining season runt him to seven games for Canada at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

    The Athletic’s Corey Pronman singled out Zhilkin’s skill and offensive creativity but feels he desires to toughen his aggressive diploma. If the baby has a standout efficiency this season with the Storm, he may per chance possibly brand intelligent to the Lightning.

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