2022 NHL First Round Draft Picks live with analysis

Here we go, the 2022 NHL Draft from E2G Sports.  Here is the First Round with Glenn Kaplan’s Scouting Reports

1)Montreal Canadiens: Juraj Slafkovsky

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 218 lbs

Last Amateur Club: TPS

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 31 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, plus/minus 1. 18 playoff games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 1.

Scouting Report: He has a ton of upside and has a big body presence and will get in the dirty areas. Slafkovsky is projected to be a Top 2 pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft and can become an elite goal scorer.

NHL Comp: Jaromir Jagr.

The reaction to Juraj Slafkovsky's name was INCREDIBLE. It was a WWE level shock pop. — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 7, 2022

2)New Jersey Devils: Simon Nemec

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 192 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Nitra

League: Slovakia

Age: 18

Stats: 39 games, one goal, 25 assists, plus/minus rating 13. 19 postseason games, five goals, 12 assists, plus/minus rating 2.

Scouting Report: Nemec is projected to be the top defenseman taken in the 2022 NHL Draft. He is a great two-way player and Simon Nemec can pass the puck with ease and is an excellent skater as well.

NHL Comp: Cale Makar

With the second pick in the 2022 #NHLDraft we are proud to select defenseman Simon Nemec. Welcome to Jersey!#DevilsDraft | @verizon pic.twitter.com/fTBLa8aDzJ — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 7, 2022

3)Arizona Coyotes: Logan Cooley

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 174 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 24 games played, 13 goals, and 23 assists, plus/minus rating of 19.

Scouting Report: A strong two-way forward, who is excellent in the face-off circle and continues to get better. He will be playing collegiate hockey next year at the University of Minnesota.

NHL Comp: Jack Hughes

Logan Cooley is the first American off the board at the 2022 #NHLDraft going to @ArizonaCoyotes! Congrats, Logan! 👏 pic.twitter.com/o0FGdODqee — USA Hockey (@usahockey) July 7, 2022

Two trades. Canadiens trade D Alex Romanov and fourth-round pick to Isles for 13th pick. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) July 7, 2022

Trade 2: Montreal trades picks 13 and 66 to Chicago for Kirby Dach. — Mark Scheig (@markscheig) July 7, 2022

4)Seattle Kraken: Shane Wright

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 191 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Kingston

League: OHL

Age: 18

Stats: 63 games played, 32 goals, and 62 assists, plus/minus rating of 23. Playoff Stats: 11 games played, three goals, and 11 assists. plus/minus rating of 4.

Scouting Report: A dynamic playmaker with a sniper’s release and it is very difficult to stop him. He is also a very effective two-way forward and projected to be the number one overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

NHL Comp: Patrice Bergeron

The Seattle Kraken select Shane Wright at fourth overall. #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/hpcJvjGPYH — TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 7, 2022

5)Philadelphia Flyer: Cutter Gauthier

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 189 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 22 games, 19 goals, 9 assists, plus/minus 14.

Scouting Report: He will be attending Boston College to play college hockey in the fall. Gauthier is a very strong defensive player on the penalty kill and despite scoring goals, he needs to be wiser with his slot selection but the talent is there.

NHL Comp: Anders Lee.

🔶 WELCOME TO PHILLY! 🔶 With the fifth overall pick in the 2022 #NHLDraft, we have selected Cutter Gauthier. Draft Central: https://t.co/4YhMBPHz2X Live Blog: https://t.co/NQEfwX9eYc pic.twitter.com/wQ9ozn2zHq — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 7, 2022

6)Columbus Blue Jackets: David Jiricek

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 176 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Plzen

League: Czrep

Age: 18

Stats: 29 games, five goals, six assists, and a plus/minus rating of even.

Scouting Report: Skating is the name of his game and he can also get shots through traffic.

NHL Comp: Erik Karlsson

With the sixth overall pick in the 2022 #NHLDraft, the @BlueJacketsNHL select David Jiricek! pic.twitter.com/CpMwPtfSDP — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 8, 2022

7)Chicago Blackhawks: Kevin Korchinski

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 185 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Seattle

League: WHL

Age: 17

Stats: 67 games, 4 goals, 61 assists, plus/minus rating 36. Playoffs: 25 games, 6 goals, 13 assists, plus/minus rating 6.

Scouting Report: Korchinski has a wicked left-handed shot, but his playmaking is electrifying. He has solid height for a defenseman and Kevin Korchinski is going to make someone happy with his offensive playmaking ability on the power play and on the rush from the back end.

NHL Comp: Victor Hedman

NEW: Blackhawks select D Kevin Korchinski with the 7th overall pick. Yet another defensive prospect. He's 6'2", 185 lbs. Very offensive guy. Scored 65 points in 67 games for WHL Seattle last season. — Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) July 8, 2022

8)Detroit Red Wings: Marco Kasper

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 183 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Rogle

League: Sweden

Age: 18

Stats: 12 games played, six goals and seven assists, plus/minus rating of 2 in the junior league. In the HL league in Sweden, he played in 46 games and scored seven goals, and recorded four assists, plus/minus rating of -10.

Scouting Report: He’s a big center who controls the puck well. Marco Kasper is slick and agile and can make things happen.

NHL Comp: N/A

@AllThingsDET Hey there Katy… Since it's NHL draft Eve, wanted to see what if the Wings took Marco Kasper at #8 spot, would you dig that pick?? — DJ Puck (@DJLoons) July 7, 2022

9) Buffalo Sabres: Matthew Savoie

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Winnipeg

League: WHL

Age: 18

Stats: 65 games played, 35 goals, and 55 assists, plus/minus rating of 54. Playoff stats: Eight games played, six goals, and recorded four assists, plus/minus rating of 10.

Scouting Report: He is very skilled, very quick, and is very intense with his battles. Savoie has the offensive high-end ability.

NHL Comp: N/A

With the ninth overall pick in the 2022 #NHLDraft, the @BuffaloSabres select center Matthew Savoie from the @WHLWpgICE in @TheWHL. #Sabres — WGR 550 (@WGR550) July 8, 2022

10)Anaheim Ducks: Pavel Mintyukov

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 192 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Saginaw

League: OHL

Age: 18

Stats: 67 games, 17 goals, 45 assists, plus/minus rating of -14.

Scouting Report: He can over pursue the puck sometimes and be turnover prone. However, when Pavel Mintyukov is on his game, it is very dangerous and Mintyukov has a very high upside after his breakout season in the OHL.

NHL Comp: Kris Letang (left-handed version)

#NHLDucks keep their pick at No. 10, select defenseman Pavel Mintyukov. Well, that's a change for organization. — Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) July 8, 2022

San Jose Sharks trade #11 to the Arizona Coyotes  for 27, 34, 45

11)Arizona Coyotes: Conor Geekie

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 196 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Winnipeg

League: OHL

Age: 18

Stats: 63 games, 24 goals, 46 assists, plus/minus rating 46. 10 postseason games, three goals, six assists, plus/minus rating 4.

Scouting Report: He has great long-term potential and could be a potential reach in the 2022 NHL Draft. Conor Geekie has a big physical size down the middle and his offensive potential is what scouts are praising about him.

NHL Comp: N/A

7. Brad Lambert

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Pelicans

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 25 games, two goals, and two assists, plus/minus rating -6. Playoffs played in three games and scored no goals and recorded zero assists. Plus/minus rating of -1.

Scouting Report: He’s a dynamic offensive threat, combining his high-end skating ability with his offensive instincts. Brad Lambert is very dangerous when he has the puck and can pass to open teammates and thread the nettle.

NHL Comp: N/A

Conor Geekie out of Winnipeg of these WHL is another big center who could be on the #CBJ board. The brother of NHL player Morgan Geekie, Conor also says he’s an accomplished curler. pic.twitter.com/pBJ83gcd5b — Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) July 6, 2022

12)Columbus Blue Jackets: Denton Mateychuk

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 192 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Moose Jaw

League: OHL

Age: 17

Stats: 65 games, 13 goals, 51 assists, plus/minus rating 20. Playoffs, one goal, nine assists, plus/minus rating -2.

Scouting Report: He’s always up in the play and can also get very aggressive. Mateychuk also can be his own worst enemy sometimes with too many turnovers but coaches will like Denton Mateychuk’s risk ability.

NHL Comp: Brent Burns (left-handed version).

The #CBJ have drafted defenseman Denton Mateychuk with the No. 12 overall pick in the NHL draft. ➡️ 5-10, 188 ➡️ Moose Jaw (WHL) ➡️ No.-14 ranked NA skater by NHL Central Scouting ➡️ 13-51-64 in 65 games games with the Warriors this season pic.twitter.com/IysGj71ioV — Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) July 8, 2022

13)Chicago BlackHawks: Frank Nazar

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 24 games played, 15 goals, and 20 assists, plus/minus rating of 26.

Scouting Report: He will be playing college hockey at the University of Michigan next year. Nazar is a versatile forward who plays the game of hockey game at a very high pace.

NHL Comp: N/A

Frank Nazar was my No. 7-ranked player for this draft. He is one of the fastest, most dynamic players in this draft. He's not big, but he's tenacious and the motor doesn't stop. — Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) July 8, 2022

14)Winnipeg Jets: Rutger McGroarty

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 200 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 25 games, 15 goals, 18 assists, plus/minus 24.

Scouting Report. He will be attending the University of Michigan to play college hockey in the fall. McGroarty is very skilled and projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft and could be one of the most polished players in this draft.

NHL Comp: Jake Guentzel.

#14: The @NHLJets select Rutger McGroarty McGroarty has been on the radar for a while, thanks to his excellent youth hockey career and an early stint with the NTDP’s under-18s when he was still in his under-17 year: https://t.co/Ifs0YmuHWs — The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 8, 2022

15)Vancouver Canucks: Jonathan Lekkerimaki

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 165 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Djurgarden

League: Sweden

Age: 17

Stats: 26 games, 20 goals, 15 assists, plus/minus rating 18.

Scouting Report: The kid loves to score goals. He is a complete water bug.

NHL Comp: Oliver Wahlstrom

FIN F Joakim Kemell (7) and SWE F Jonathan Lekkerimaki (8) falling way out of the Top 10. Both good offensive/goal-scoring forwards. WPG with pick No. 14 up next. — Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 8, 2022

16)Buffalo Sabres: Noah Ostlund

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 163 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Djugarden Jr.

League: Sweden-Jr.

Age: 18

Stats: 32 games, 9 goals, and 33 assists, plus/minus 30.

Scouting Report: He is a very good playmaker. Ostlund won’t be much of an NHL goal scorer but will be very effective with his game when he reaches the next level in hockey though also.

NHL Comp: Henrik Sedin.

Buffalo takes Noah Ostlund at No. 16 — Paul Hamilton (@pham1717) July 8, 2022

17)Nashville Predators: Joakim Kemell

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 171 lbs

Last Amateur Club: JYP

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 39 games, 15 goals, 8 assists, plus/minus rating of -13.

Scouting Report: He had a shoulder injury that slowed him down after a hot start to the season overseas.

NHL Comp: Drake Batherson

Our pick is in! With the 17th overall pick in the 2022 #NHLDraft, the Nashville Predators have selected Joakim Kemell from the Liiga's JYP pic.twitter.com/kEY5yZYKjJ — Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 8, 2022

18)Dallas Stars: Lian Bichsel

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 212 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Leskand

League: Sweden

Age: 18