2022 NHL Draft 7 Round Highlights, Picks & Analysis

July 8, 2022 at 10:53 p.m. EDT

Blue Jackets NHL Draft Remains Calm

The Blue Jackets came into the NHL Draft this year with high expectations, not only with the new generation of prospects they would select, but also with the bold trades general manager Jarmo Kekalainen wanted to make.

The only trade Kekalainen made over the two days happened midday Friday, and it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster: The Jackets traded a 2023 fifth-round pick to San Jose in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, No. 138 overall.

Kekalainen’s “restart” felt more like a “rebuild” this week at the Bell Center, as none of the players added to the organization are expected to have an impact anytime soon. It wasn’t for lack of trying though.

(Photo: Eric Bolte / USA Today)

Aaron Portzline·

Senior Writer, Blue Jackets


Blue Jackets NHL Draft Remains Quiet After Big Moves Anticipated

July 8, 2022 at 10:11 p.m. EDT

Addition of Shane Wright highlights Kraken’s future

Shane Wright had barely been a Seattle Kraken prospect for five minutes when Troy Bodie felt his iPhone buzz.

He checked his phone and saw that he had a text. The message itself was a request from someone asking Bodie, the Kraken’s director of hockey operations and affairs, if he could possibly pass on Wright’s number when he had the chance.

Did someone request it? It was Kraken’s center, Matty Beniers, and all he wanted was to be among the first in the organization to start building a relationship with Wright.

(Photo: Eric Bolte / USA Today)

Ryan S. Clark

Ryan S. Clark·

Personal Editor, Kraken

July 8, 2022 at 9:36 p.m. EDT

Ondrej Palat, draft pick and more

The Lightning got what they wanted during the two-day NHL Draft, which was to add talented offensive players to their prospect pool.

Colorful first-round pick Isaac Hudson, third-round pick Lucas Edmonds and sixth-round pick Connor Kurth are interesting in their own way (more on that later).

But judging by how often general manager Julien BriseBois has strolled through the Bell Center in recent days, he’s also been setting the stage for what could be a very busy week or two in his offseason.

Joe Smith

Joe Smith·

Personal Writer, Lightning


Ondrej Palat, draft pick and more – 15 thoughts on the Lightning’s offseason

July 8, 2022 at 7:28 p.m. EDT

Alex DeBrincat on Senators trade: ‘Hopefully we can do something special’

“I didn’t necessarily see that coming. I know it was a possibility, but I think I was ready to stay in Chicago for a long time,” DeBrincat told reporters during a Zoom press conference on Friday afternoon. “It was kind of the way I thought about it.”

Ian Mendes

Ian Mendes·

Senior Editor, Senators


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July 8, 2022 at 6:16 p.m. EDT

Canadiens Picks, Analysis and Adjustments for the 2022 NHL Draft

In Juraj Slafkovsky, the Montreal Canadiens get the best player of the 2022 NHL Draft and the player with the best chance of becoming a star. He showed it because of his unique skills, being a top athlete with top-notch offensive skills and showing unique flashes of elite play this season, even if it wasn’t consistent. He’s becoming a key part of their rebuild, with at least a chance of becoming a 40 goals/40 assists winger at his peak.

(Photo: Eric Bolte / USA Today)

Corey Pronman

Corey Pronman·

Senior Writer, NHL Prospects


Montreal Canadiens 2022 NHL Draft score: Corey Pronman analyzes every pick

July 8, 2022 at 4:20 p.m. EDT

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July 8, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Penguins look to trade and lose wages as unrestricted free agency looms

The Penguins are looking to make a trade to free up salary before the free agency period begins.

(Photo: Eric Bolte / USA Today)

Josh Yohe

Josh Yohe·

Senior Editor, Penguins

July 8, 2022 at 3:01 p.m. EDT

Are you very hungry?

A final message for the road as the repechage draws to a close. A draft with drama, intrigue and fun on Day 1. A little more pace on Day 2. We don’t blame Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis for blowing a bag of chips for spend time.

Julien McKenzie

Julien McKenzie

July 8, 2022 at 2:56 p.m. EDT

After the NHL Draft, which teams are better?

Watching the NHL Draft unfold is like watching a magic show. It’s easy to get distracted by smoke, mirrors and noise and lose sight of what’s really important. As all 32 teams begin their resets for next season, what’s important is winning and adding the type of players that will help win.

Goalkeepers help win.

Difference makers contribute to winning.

And so, when the dust has settled after two days at the Bell Center in Montreal, if you compare the teams’ rosters before they arrived in town to what they had when they left home, who is closer to winning?

(Photo: Joe Nicholson/USA Today)

Eric Duhatschek

Eric Duhatschek·

Senior Writer, NHL


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July 8, 2022 at 2:40 p.m. EDT

The party is over

And we are done. A fun, underrated thing about the NHL Draft is that when it ends, it ends immediately. Despite all the rambling speeches and waste of time at the start, the end is brutally effective. They announce the last choice then say “OK thanks for coming, leave now bye” and everyone sprints for the exits. Serious “high school party and the cops just showed up” every time.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

July 8, 2022 at 2:39 p.m. EDT

The 2022 NHL Draft is over

Joe Smith

Joe Smith·

Personal Writer, Lightning

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