2022 NHL Mock Draft: Predicting Each Of The First Three Rounds
2022 NHL Mock Draft: Predicting Each Of The First Three Rounds
The Colorado Avalanche dethroned Tampa Bay in six games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. While the Avs are still enjoying their victory, all 32 NHL front offices have their eyes set on July 7th. The 2022 NHL Draft will be held on-site in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, on July 7th and 8th. Matt makes his most accurate predictions for where each player will be drafted.
2022 NHL Mock Draft Round 1 Predictions
1. MONTREAL CANADIENS: SHANE WRIGHT, C, Kingston (OHL)
Montreal takes the top North American center in the draft, Shane Wright, with the No. 1 overall pick. Wright may not excite Canadiens fans with flashiness, but his fundamentals are sound, and he's equipped with a long-range shot and elite vision. Wright should slot in nicely behind Nick Suzuki on the second attack line.
2. NEW JERSEY DEVILS: Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS (FIN)
New Jersey elects to take Juraj Slafkovsky with the second overall pick, solidifying their first-line attack alongside star center Nico Hischier. Slafkovsky is a towering 6-4, 230-pound left wing with impressive puck handling and high hockey IQ to establish intelligent possessions. However, However, Slafkovsky needs to develop more aggression and physicality with his frame.
3. ARIZONA COYOTES: LOGAN COOLEY, C, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Cooley has minimal flaws in his game, making him an easy pick to upgrade the depleted roster of the Arizona Coyotes. His lack of size is not an issue, and his speed, handles, and vision will earn Cooley massive minutes in the Desert.
4. SEATTLE KRAKEN: SIMON NEMEC, D, NITRA (SLVK)
The Kraken got off to a slow start during their inaugural season, with glaring weaknesses in their defense. However, Simon Nemec is the antidote needed to improve Seattle's outlook in 2022, as he plays with a fascinating mixture of speed and skating that allows him to be an asset on both ends of the rink. Nemec amassed 17 points across 19 games while playing for Nitra in Slovakia.
5. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: CUTTER GAUTHIER, LW/C, USA U-18, (NTDP)
The Flyers get one of the best overall players in Cutter Gauthier's offensive zone. He's 6-2, 200-pounds and can shift between wing and center, offering a versatile skill set and an aggressive shot to strengthen Columbus' attack next season.
6. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: DAVID JIRICEK, D, PLZN (CZREP)
The second defenseman off the board will be David Jiricek. The Blue Jackets need to improve their porous defense that surrendered dozens of shots per night to their mediocre goaltenders. Jiricek will bring speed and physicality to the back-end of Columbus' defense that will sear its bad habits.
7. OTTAWA SENATORS: MATTHEW SAVOIE, C, WINNIPEG (WHL)
Only three players exceeded 20 goals for Ottawa in 2021, so the Senators elect to draft WHL center Matthew Savoie. He's smaller but has a quality shot and high-caliber passing to improve the third-line attack in Ottawa.
8. DETROIT RED WINGS: PAVEL MINTYUKOV, D, SAGINAW (OHL)
Pavel Mintyukov is a defender with elite skating and scoring ability, making him a priority target for Detroit. He scored 62 points, including 17 goals, for Saginaw and is a big-bodied defender with high-end mobility.
9. BUFFALO SABRES: FRANK NAZAR, C, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Buffalo takes a shot on the undersized American, Frank Nazar, a shifty, high-motor player who uses his speed to position himself for scoring opportunities. Nazar could usurp Dylan Cozens as the second-line center for the Sabres in 2023 after playing for a year at the University of Michigan.
10. ANAHEIM DUCKS: JOAKIM KEMELL, RW, JYP (FIN)
Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry get another talented offensive weapon with right-wing, Joakim Kemell. The Finnish winger has a strong shot, speed, and puck to insert himself on the Ducks' top-two lines quickly two lines.
11. SAN JOSE SHARKS: LIAN BISCHEL, D, LEKSANDS (SHL)
The Sharks address their leaky defense by selecting defenseman, Lian Bischel. He's a towering 6-5, 216-pound prospect that is a textbook defender due to his mobility, size, and reach. Brett Burns is only getting older and Bischel will have a chance to learn under a star veteran.
12. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: DANILA YUROV, RW, MAGNITOGORSK (RUS)
Columbus gets their second pick inside the top-12 and pivots to address their offense, drafting Danila Yurov out of Russia. Yurov is a development project, but he's talented enough to have averaged 1.57 points across 23 games in Russia's junior league, adding juice to Columbus' lackluster offense from 2022.
13. NEW YORK ISLANDERS:JIMM MARCO KASPER, C, ROGLE (SWE)
Marco Kasper flies off the board at 13th to the New York Islanders. He has a powerful shot and a blend of speed and puck handling that will be a fantastic addition to a starved offense that the Islanders relied on last season.
14. WINNIPEG JETS: CONOR GEEKIE, C, WINNIPEG (WHL)
Conor Geekie stays in Winnipeg and adds more depth to their offense with many quality areas in his game. Geekie's most notable skills show up with his puck handling and shot-taking, while his skating will need to improve at the next level to beat defenders in transition.
15. VANCOUVER CANUCKS: RYAN CHESLEY, D, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Ryan Chesley has committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2022-23 season, but his talent is too good to pass up. Vancouver narrowly missed the playoffs, and adding Chesley provides an enforcer with the speed that transfers on both ends of the rink.
16. BUFFALO SABRES: BRAD LAMBERT, RW, PELICANS LIIGA (FIN)
Another first-round pick for Buffalo will send Brad Lambert to beef up their attack. The Sabres will relish Lambert's unique combination of puck handling and speed to set up scoring possessions.
17. NASHVILLE PREDATORS: LANE HUSTON, D, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Lane Hutson facilitated offense well during his time in the US NTDP program, scoring 63 points and 53 assists last season. The defenseman is undersized, but his high motor and elite offensive talent will make him an asset in one of the Predators' top three defensive pairings.
18. DALLAS STARS: OWEN PICKERING, D, SWIFT CURRENT (WHL)
Owen Pickering measures 6-4 and will be an excellent investment for Dallas to make for the future of their franchise. Pickering will shore up the leaky defense and also set up more scoring opportunities from the blue line. Pickering scored nine goals and 24 assists last year in the WHL.
19. LOS ANGELES KINGS: JIMMY SNUGGERUD, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Jimmy Snuggerud will add youthful scoring to an older Los Angeles Kings roster beginning in 2023 after his year at the University of Minnesota concludes.
20. WASHINGTON CAPITALS: OWEN BECK, C, MISSISSAUGA (OHL)
Adding a two-way player like center Owen Beck, who scored 51 points in 2021 in the OHL, will help Washington add a quality depth piece to its offense in 2022.
21. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: RUTGER MCGROARTY, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Rutger McGroarty is the reigning goal-scorer in the US NTDP, finishing with 35 goals across 54 games. He's going to be the future of Pittsburgh as stars Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and Evgeni Malkin are all at least 34 years old.
22. ANAHEIM DUCKS: JIRI KULICH, LW/C, KARLOVY VARY (CZE)
Anaheim is the third time with multiple first-round draft capital at this juncture, resulting in their decision to draft Jiri Kulich. He has the experience and skillset to be a valuable contributor during his first year with the Ducks.
23. ST. LOUIS BLUES: DENTON METEYCHUK, D, MOOSE JAW (WHL)
St. Louis' defense consistently found themselves injured in big games during 2022. The Blues draft Denton Meteychuk out of the WHL as a more undersized defenseman with a playmaking ability to create more scoring chances on their defensive rotations.
24. MINNESOTA WILD: SEAMUS CASEY, D, USA U-18 (NTDP)
The Wild had no reliable scoring defensemen in 2022, so they opt to draft Seamus Casey. Casey's appeal lies in his high-end skating and IQ, an undersized defenseman, allowing him to create plenty of scoring opportunities. He also uses his strength to stave off opposing attacks in the defensive zone.
25. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: MATTIAS HAVELID, D, LINKOPING JR. (SWE)
Most of Toronto's assists came from the offensive attack lines, while only Morgan Rielly scored double-digit goals (10) for the Maple Leafs during their 2021 season. Mattias Havelid offers a steady dose of offense but is a strong protector in the defensive zone. Havelid scored four goals and eight assists during Sweden's win at the U-18 international tournament.
26. MONTREAL CANADIENS: TRISTAN LUNEAU, D, GATINEAU (QMJHL)
Tristan Luneau gets drafted to the Canadiens after being named defensive rookie of the year(ROTY) during the 2020-21 season, where the talented defenseman scored 12 goals and over 30 assists for Gatineau in the QMJHL. His scoring ability will help Montreal immensely.
27. ARIZONA COYOTES: TY NELSON, D, NORTH BAY (OHL)
Arizona gets three first-round picks and elects to use their second on defenseman Ty Nelson. He's excellent at his primary duty, defending the defensive zone, sealing off counterattacks, and showing his transition skills.
28. BUFFALO SABRES: LUCA DEL BEL BELLUZ, C, MISSISSAUGA (OHL)
Buffalo finishes their third and final opening-round pick by drafting center Luca Del Bel Belluz. He has an innate vision and high hockey IQ, which allows him to get into a position to be a contributor in the offensive zone during high-percentage plays.
29. EDMONTON OILERS: JAGGER FIRKUS, RW, MOOSE JAW (WHL)
Scouts admire Jagger Firkus and his quick, accurate shot. He's undersized at 5-10, 153-pounds, but Firkus will be a welcome addition to Edmonton's depth chart, creating an equal redistribution of talent across their roster.
30. WINNIPEG JETS: ISAAC HOWARD, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Isaac Howard is a talented scorer who will add excellent scoring ability to Winnipeg's offense. During Howard's acclimation process, the Jets will enjoy his deking and decision-making to propel its lower lines.
31. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: JULIAN LUTZ, LW, MUNCHEN (DEL)
Julian Lutz has strong speed, puck handling, and shooting to make Tampa Bay interested in his services. His effort can sometimes wane, but Lutz has the skill set and profile to develop into a talented professional on one of the best rosters in the league.
32. ARIZONA COYOTES: LIAM OHGREN, LW, DJURGARDEN JR. (SWE)
The Coyotes complete their three first-round picks by selecting Swedish winger Liam Ohgren. He scored a whopping 33 goals and 25 assists in 30 games during play in the Swedish junior leagues.
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33. MONTREAL CANADIENS: JONATHAN LEKKERIMAKI, RW, DJURGARDEN (SWE)
Montreal continues building its offense with right-wing Jonathan Lekkerimaki out of Sweden. Lekkerimaki is a slight build at 5-10, 165-pounds but uses his elite shot-making ability to make himself an asset within the Canadiens' offense in 2022.
34. ARIZONA COYOTES: IVAN MIROSCHNICHENKO, LW, OMSK KRYLIA (RUS)
Arizona continues to hammer offense with its wealth of draft capital, selecting left wing Ivan Miroschnichenko. He's a player with few flaws and possesses a high-caliber shot to play a strong brand of hockey. His recent Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis is the primary reason he slips into the second round to Arizona, as his future in the league is not a certainty.
35. SEATTLE KRAKEN: NATHAN GAUCHER, C, QUEBEC (QMJHL)
The Kraken draft Nathan Gaucher to center one of their top three lines, as he does everything well and commits few mistakes. Gaucher will not take over any game with high-end scoring, but he is a quality player in establishing scoring possessions.
36. ARIZONA COYOTES: CALLE ODELIUS, D, DJURGARDEN JR. (SWE)
Arizona signs another talented defenseman, adding depth to their porous defensive pairings from 2022 with the addition of Calle Odelius. Odelius is not an enforcer, but he has top-end skating and a good hockey IQ that affords him the ability to be an asset on both ends of the ice. He's a complete two-way player that will add a scoring boost to the Coyotes' defense in 2023.
37. NEW JERSEY DEVILS: ELIAS SALOMONSSON, D, SKELLEFTEA JR. (SWE)
New Jersey has to wait a while after drafting their top prospect Juraj Slafkovsky, but they finally get on the board again and take defenseman Elias Salomonsson. The Swedish defenseman offers a strong one-timer shot and finesses passing on offense, using his strength to collapse opposing counterattacks in the defensive zone.
38. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: RIEGER LORENZ, LW, OKOTOKS (AJHL)
Chicago needs to add more scorers to their roster outside Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, so they draft Rieger Lorenz out of the AJHL. Lorenz has a lot of skill in the offensive zone, but he does not always make the best decisions regarding his IQ. Shooting and puck handling are desirable attributes to entice the Blackhawks.
39. OTTAWA SENATORS: GLEB TRIKOZOV, LW, OMSK 2 (RUS)
Gleb Trikozov is a left-wing prospect out of Russia, but he will likely transition into a much-needed right-wing for Ottawa in 2022. Trikozov has excellent vision, puck handling, and shooting to offer to the Senators.
40. DETROIT RED WINGS: NOAH OSTLUND, C, DJURGARDEN JR. (SWE)
The Red Wings add center Noah Ostlund out of Sweden. This pick shows that Detroit is willing to invest in a player with seemingly no weaknesses who has already competed professionally in several overseas leagues to help improve a young roster.
41. BUFFALO SABRES: FILIP BYSTEDT, C, LINKOPING JR. (SWE)
Buffalo rejoices at landing center Filip Bystedt this late in the draft. The 6-3, 187-pound prospect is a high-upside development project for the Sabres to work on over the next few seasons.
42. ANAHEIM DUCKS: ALEXANDER PEREVALOV, LW, YAROSLAVL 2 (RUS)
Anaheim struggled with scoring in 2021, so they go out and add left-wing Alexander Perevalov out of Russia. He's a big-bodied winger with a robust collection of shots to be a contributor in the offensive zone, assuming the Ducks can develop his skating ability.
43. ARIZONA COYOTES: SAM RINZEL, D, CHASKA (HIGH-MN)
Sam Rinzel is a 6-4, 177-pound defenseman who will be an excellent asset for Arizona in the offensive zone. He will need to become a bit more physical to avoid being a liability when defending the zone.
44. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: MAVERIC LAMOREUX, D, DRUMMONDVILLE (QMJHL)
Columbus bolsters their defense with Maveric Lamoreux out of the QMJHL. He's a mobile, explosive, physical defenseman who can skate well despite measuring 6-6 200-pounds.
45. ARIZONA COYOTES: FILIP MESAR, RW, POPRAD (SLK)
Arizona cashes in on yet another draft pick and selects Filip Mesar to add speed to their offense. The right-winger out of Slovakia has high-caliber playmaking ability that should quickly earn him minutes on an offensively-starved team like the Coyotes.
46. WASHINGTON CAPITALS: TOMAS HAMARA, D, TAPPARA JR. (FIN)
Washington does not have a lot of draft capital, so they elect to focus on improving their leaky defense from a year ago. Thanks to quality skating, Tomas Hamara can run interference and deliver pucks on the net.
47. MINNESOTA WILD: MATYAS SAPOVALIV, C, SAGINAW (OHL)
Minnesota is loaded at the wing, but their rostered centers are underwhelming. They elect to draft Matyas Sapovaliv out of the OHL, a left-handed center that can efficiently create, distribute, and finish possessions. His skating difficulties are why he drops to the Wild in the middle of the second round.
48. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: KIRILL DOLZHENKOV, RW, CSKA 2 (RUS)
Vegas finally makes their first pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and elects to take a bruising winger, Kirill Dolzhenkov, to develop into a better skater. He's 6-6, 234-pounds, and has a high motor and good vision to be a solid player in the offensive zone.
49. SEATTLE KRAKEN: OTTO SALIN, D, HIFK JR. (FIN)
Seattle continues to focus on their defense and drafts Otto Salin out of Finland. Salin struggles to create separation but is a quality puck handler in open ice and can extend plays.
50. DALLAS STARS: FRASER MINTEN, C, KAMLOOPS (WHL)
Dallas will quickly pounce on center Fraser Minten. He offers scoring and deking, which the Stars could use more of heading into 2022.
51. LOS ANGELES KINGS: JANI NYMAN, RW, ILVES (FIN)
The Kings gravitate towards Jani Nyman due to his quality shooting and puck handling abilities. Nyman is a 6-2, 212-pound winger who is a natural playmaker.
52. DETROIT RED WINGS: NOAH WARREN, D, GATINEAU (QMJHL)
The Red Wings attempt to strike gold with 6-4, 216-pound defenseman Noah Warren out of the QMJHL. He's more of a piece to shore up the defensive zone than an offensive asset at this time.
53. ANAHEIM DUCKS: QUINN FINLEY, LW, MADISON (USHL)
Finley has the speed and can finish at the net to make him an attractive prospect for the Ducks this late in the draft. While Finley did commit to the University of Wisconsin, he has all of the requisite skills to be an excellent offensive weapon in a couple of years.
54. BOSTON BRUINS: FABIAN WAGNER, C, LINKOPING JR. (SWE)
Boston will make its first draft pick late but make the most of it by drafting center Fabian Wagner. Wagner has speed and a high motor to compensate for his 5-10, 170-pound frame.
55. WINNIPEG JETS: ARTEM DUDA, D, CSKA 2 (RUS)
Artem Duda is not speedy but has good puck handling and is an asset in the offensive zone, which is why Winnipeg will draft him. However, Duda needs to improve his skating and vision to earn 20-plus minutes for the Jets in 2023.
56. MINNESOTA WILD: JACK HUGHES, C, NORTHEASTERN (H-EAST)
Hughes can score goals, display creativity in the offensive zone, and easily control the puck. Minnesota will draft this 5-11, 170-pound left-handed center primarily for his motor and physicality.
57. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: MICHAEL BUCHINGER, D, GUELPH (OHL)
Chicago desperately needs better defensemen, and Michael Buchinger could be enough to resolve their weakness. He's good at mitigating opponents' attacks and is a quality playmaker in transition.
58. SEATTLE KRAKEN: JULIAN LUTZ, LW, MUNCHEN (GER)
After an injury kept Julian Lutz out for most of the season, he returned and displayed his puck handling and skating to create quality shots on the net. Seattle needs playmakers like Lutz, so they draft him to build their scoring depth.
59. CALGARY FLAMES: CRUZ LUCIUS, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP)
Skating and a wrist injury are the only reasons Cruz Lucius falls this far to Calgary as the 59th overall draft pick. Lucius has solid scoring and aggression to make him an asset in the Flames' lineup for years to come.
60. CAROLINA HURRICANES: ADAM ENGSTROM, D, DJURGARDEN JR. (SWE)
Carolina drafts Adam Engstrom due to his size (6-2, 185-pounds) and his ability to rip high-quality shots in the offensive zone. He has good passing skills that will allow the Hurricanes to create more scoring chances in transition on their lower lines.
61. SEATTLE KRAKEN: MIKO MATIKKA, RW, JOKERIT JR. (FIN)
Miko Matikka is a goal-scoring machine and is a good skater in tight spaces. Seattle will draft Matikka as a future asset to improve their scoring, as he's already committed to the University of Denver for the 2022-23 season.
62. MONTREAL CANADIENS: DANIL ZHILKIN, C, GUELPH (OHL)
Montreal gets another quality center after opening up the draft with Shane Wright, and drafting Danil Zhilkin out of the OHL to improve their scoring depth. Zhilkin is not fast or consistent enough with his physicality, but his offensive skill set cannot be denied.
63. NEW YORK RANGERS: MATTHEW POITRAS, C, GUELPH (OHL)
Matthew Poitras has excellent hockey IQ and skill within the offensive zone, making himself a desirable prospect for the New York Rangers to draft. Poitras is a grinder but does not have the top-end speed to be valued as an "elite" player in this draft class.
64. NEW YORK ISLANDERS: HUNTER HAIGHT, C, BARRIE (OHL)
Puck handling and vision are Hunter Haight's most distinct attributes, creating enough draw for the New York Islanders to draft him near the end of the second round. Once again, Haight's size drops him down draft boards to improve one of the lowest-scoring offenses heading into 2023.
65. OTTAWA SENATORS: VIKTOR NUECHEV, LW, YEKATERINBURG 2 (RUS)
Ottawa finishes the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft with Viktor Nuechev. The Russian winger shoots left-handed and has a strong shot that carries from all over the offensive zone. Not only is he a good scorer, but Nuechev also possesses excellent vision and can execute incredible passes to create good plays for the offense.
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66. MONTREAL CANADIENS: QUINN FINLEY, LW, MADISON (USHL)
Montreal kicks off the third round of the 2022 NHL Draft by selecting Quinn Finley from the USHL. Finley played 39 games for Madison and finished with 12 goals and 17 assists, making him a great depth piece at left-wing behind Cole Caufield.
67. ARIZONA COYOTES: TYLER BRENNAN, G, PRINCE GEORGE (WHL)
The top goaltending prospect in the 2022 draft, Tyler Brennan, is drafted by the Arizona Coyotes with the 67th overall pick. The 6-4 netminder played four seasons for Prince George in the WHL, finishing 2022 with four shutouts but a 3.59 GAA. Brennan will have to tighten up but his upside on a desperate team like Arizona is undeniable.
68. SEATTLE KRAKEN: MATS LINDGREN, D, KAMLOOPS (WHL)
Seattle continues to rack up defensive talent by drafting Mats Lindgren out of the WHL. Lindgren has great puck handling for a defenseman and elite vision, resulting in 39 assists for the Kamloops across 68 games in 2022.
69. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: BRYCE MCCONNELL-BARKER, C, SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
The Flyers get great value drafting center Bryce McConnell-Barker as an elite goal-scorer in the third round. He finished his only season in the OHL with 23 goals and 26 assists and will improve Philadelphia's scoring depth for years to come.
70. NEW JERSEY DEVILS: JORDAN DUMAIS, RW, HALIFAX (QMJHL)
New Jersey wants more scoring options on their roster, so they target Jordan Dumais to provide a boost on their lower lines. Dumais enjoyed a breakout season with Halifax during his second season in the QMJHL, going from ten goals in 2021 to 39 goals in 2022.
71. CAROLINA HURRICANES: RYAN GREENE, C, GREEN BAY (USHL)
The 19-year-old center, Ryan Greene, improved every year during his three seasons with Green Bay in the USHL. The talented center is durable and has an impressive hockey IQ, which resulted in at least 12 goals and 20 assists in 2021 and 2022.
72. OTTAWA SENATORS: CHRISTIAN KYROU, D, ERIE (OHL)
Christian Kyrou's 5-10 frame sends him down draft boards to Ottawa with the 72nd overall pick. Kyrou went from zero points in 21 games for Erie in 2020 to 60 points, including 18 goals, during their 2022 season. The 19-year-old defensemen will be a nice weapon to deploy in a physical but offensively-starved defense skating for the Senators.
73. DETROIT RED WINGS: SANDIS VILMANIS, LW, LULEA JR. (SWE)
Sandis Vilmanis is a promising Latvian winger who popped up during his 2022 season in the Swedish Junior League. He scored 18 goals and 14 assists in 40 games for Lulea Jr., while only acquiring eight penalty minutes. The Red Wings need scoring talent that can mitigate mistakes, which is exactly what Vilmanis offers.
74. BUFFALO SABRES: ADAM INGRAM, C, YOUNGSTOWN (USHL)
Two years competing in two different leagues has Adam Ingram prepared for life in Buffalo. The 19-year-old center broke out during his 2022 campaign with Youngstown, scoring 26 goals and adding another 29 assists across 54 games. Ingram has nice size at 6-2 and his shot and skating could earn him big minutes for the Sabres during his rookie season.
75. MONTREAL CANADIENS: DAVID MORAVEC, D, ML. BOLESLAV JR. (CZEREP)
David Moravec spent four years in various leagues in the Czech Republic and competing in international tournaments but never quite flashed in terms of points. The 6-1 defender is a textbook enforcer that can skate well in the defensive zone to stave off attacks, making Moravec a solid prospect for Montreal to draft.
76. SAN JOSE SHARKS: OSKAR PETTERSSON, RW, ROGLE JR (SWE)
San Jose will be delighted to draft Oskar Pettersson in the middle of the third round. The Swedish right-winger stands a solid 6-2 and scored 25 goals for Rogle Jr. last season in their Junior league. The Sharks need offense on their second and third lines, so they acquire a high-floor scorer with upside.
77. WINNIPEG JETS: ALEX SOTEK, RW, BRATISLAVA (SVK)
Alex Sotek regressed after progressing to the Slovakian professional league last season but the Jets have the ability to invest in a development project. The 6-0 right-winger scored ten goals in Bratislava's junior league and 16 goals back with Poprad Jr. in 2020. The transition will take some time but Sotek has shown his goal-scoring prowess throughout his time in junior leagues overseas.
78. NEW YORK ISLANDERS: OTTO HOKKANEN, C, SAIPA JR. (FIN)
The New York Islanders like what they saw from Otto Hokkanen during his stint in Finland's junior league and draft him for his skillset in the offensive zone. He managed 16 points with Saipa Junior in 2021 and 23 points back in 2020.
79. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: FILIP NORDBERG, D, SODERTALJE JR. (SWE)
Filip Nordberg enjoyed a nice season in Sweden's junior league, finishing with 21 assists and six goals. Nordberg is a towering 6-4 but plays with good puck skills and vision to make himself an asset on both ends of the rink.
80. VANCOUVER CANUCKS: MATTHEW SEMINOFF, RW, KAMLOOPS (WHL)
Outside of J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat, Vancouver lacked scoring in 2022. Drafting right-wing Matthew Seminoff out of the WHL is where the Canucks elect to go with the 80th overall draft pick. Seminoff went from 11 goals in 22 games during his 2021 season up to 26 goals and 57 total points for the Kamloops in 2022.
81. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: JOSH FILMON, LW, SWIFT CURRENT (WHL)
Plenty of capable goal scorers remain on the draft board, so Chicago fixates itself on Josh Filmon. He's a left-winger from the WHL who buried 23 goals and another 22 assists for the Swift Current in 2022.
82. NASHVILLE PREDATORS: ISAIAH GEORGE, D, LONDON (OHL)
Nashville isn't satisfied with one rookie defenseman, so they draft Isaiah George in the third round out of the OHL. George will be a nice asset on a lower defensive line pairing for the Predators in 2023 after scoring 23 points for London during his lone season in the OHL last year.
83. DALLAS STARS: JAKE LIVANAVAGE, D, CHICAGO (USHL)
Jake Livanavage won't be scoring a ton of goals but he has elite vision, puck handles, and skating ability to continue building up Dallas' defensive depth chart. Livanavage finished 2022 with 42 assists in 61 games for Chicago's USHL team.
84. NASHVILLE PREDATORS: GAVIN HAYES, LW, FLINT (OHL)
Rumors of Filip Forsberg wanting a bigger contract could force Nashville's hand, resulting in the franchise drafting Gavin Hayes out of the OHL. The left-wing prospect stands at 6-2 and finished 2022 with 19 goals and 30 assists in 65 games for Flint.
85. WASHINGTON CAPITALS: DANIIL IVANOV, D, SPARTAK 2 (RUS - JR)
Washington has some nice defensemen but they need to instill some youth into their depth chart, opting to draft Daniil Ivanov out of the Russian Junior league. He's a solid 6-4 defenseman who finished 2022 with nine goals and 21 assists for Spartak 2.
86. LOS ANGELES KINGS: JACE WEIR, D, RED DEER (WHL)
Jace Weir had a 4:1 assist to goal ratio for the Red Deer in 2022, tripling his previous point total from 2021. The 6-2 defenseman could see minutes on the second or third defensive pairing for the Kings in 2023 due to their overall lack of talent at the position.
87. OTTAWA SENATORS: MIKO MATIKKA, RW, JOKERIT JR. (FIN)
Miko Matikka improved from a down campaign in 2021, scoring 19 goals and 14 assists in only 30 games for Jokerit Jr. in 2022. Matikka is a big-bodied right-winger at 6-3 and will be a welcome addition to Ottawa's top-heavy offensive depth chart.
88. ST. LOUIS BLUES: CHARLES LEDDY, D, USA U-18 (NTDP)
St. Louis doesn't need scoring defensemen, which affords them the opportunity to invest in Charles Leddy. He's an undersized defenseman with a propensity to facilitate the offense, which resulted in 17 assists during his season with the USA U-18 National Team Development Program.
89. MINNESOTA WILD: JEREMY LANGLOIS, D, CAPE BRETON (QMJHL)
Jeremy Langlois slips to Minnesota at the 89th overall pick, causing the front office to rejoice. Langlois honed his skills in the QMJHL during last season, scoring 13 goals and 34 assists to shatter his previous nine-point career total. His offensive talent makes up for his defensive weaknesses.
90. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: ALEXANDER SUZDALEV, LW, HV 71 JR. (SWE)
Swedish defenseman, Alexander Suzdalev, scored 15 goals and nearly 40 assists in Sweden's junior league in 2022. Suzdalev stands 6-2 and to a leap in his goal-scoring ability, which is exactly what Chicago needs to improve their top-heavy offense.
91. BOSTON BRUINS: CEDRICK GUINDON, LW, OWEN SOUND (OHL)
Boston does not have much draft capital to leverage in the first three rounds, so it wastes no time taking left-wing prospect, Cedrick Guindon out of the OHL. Guindon scored 30 goals and 29 assists during his only season for Owen Sound, which is certainly encouraging as a Boston Bruins fan.
92. MONTREAL CANADIENS: LUKAS PLOS, C, LIBEREC JR. (CZREP)
Montreal scores a late third-round gem with Lukas Plos. He's a 6-4 center out of the Czech Republic's junior league, finishing 2022 with an even distribution of 13 goals and 13 assists.
93. FLORIDA PANTHERS: SERVAC PETROVSKY, C, OWEN SOUND (OHL)
Florida finally gets back on the board and takes Servac Petrovsky to strengthen their lower-line centers. He scored 42 goals in the junior leagues before showcasing his ability at the next level with 28 goals and 26 assists against the professional competition in the OHL.
94. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: GUSTAV KARLSSON, C, OREBRO JR. (SWE)
Chicago stays busy in the third round and invests in defenseman, Gustav Karlsson. The Swede scored 31 goals and 17 assists for Orebro Junior in 2022 but he struggled to manufacture points outside of juniors. Karlsson will need to add strength to improve his playing stock in 2023.
95. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: PANO FIMIS, C, NIAGARA (OHL)
Vegas is one of the few teams with limited draft capital in the first three rounds, so they jump on center Pano Fimis. He's a smaller center at just 5-9 but he managed to score 14 goals and 30 assists in 54 games for Niagara last season.
96. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: ANGUS BOOTH, D, SHAWINIGAN (QMJHL)
Columbus returns to address their defensive needs, drafting Angus Booth out of the QMJHL. Booth only scored one goal in two seasons for Shawinigan but he went from three assists in 2021 to 21 assists across 42 games in 2022.
97. COLORADO AVALANCHE: SIMON FORSMARK, D, OREBRO (SWE)
Simon Forsmark had a tough time transitioning from the junior league to the professional league in Sweden but he's a solid-built defenseman at 6-2. Forsmark has the ability to leverage his size and if he can improve his skating, Colorado will have some young depth to learn behind star defenseman, Cale Makar.
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