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2022 NHL Draft round one recap

All the picks and trades from the 4 hour first round.

2022 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The first round of the 2022 NHL draft has come to a close, and everyone throwing draft rankings out the window. Habs, Devils go off the board to give us back to back Slovakian draft picks to open the NHL Draft for the first time.

The guy who everyone thought was going #1? Shane Wright? That guy?

He’s in Seattle now. Pick #4. Oops.

Pre-Draft

The hours leading up to the draft were full of speculation, trades, and signings that proved rumors incorrect.

First big rumor of the day? Marc Andre-Fleury's future. There were a couple teams mentioned for his destination; Toronto (of course), Colorado, Washington, and Minnesota. Kevin Weekes thought he had the scoop, then retracted, but he was just early as Fleury did re-sign in Minnesota for 2 years, $3.5M per.

Chicago is looking to tear it down?

They did make one huge move, trading Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for three picks: 2022 7th overall, 2022 39th overall, 2024 3rd round pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed Kris Letang for six more years.

Matt Muray blocked a trade to Buffalo, but come on, they’re jsut throwing Toronto in there to make people pay attention. Right? ......right?

THE DRAFT

#1 - Montréal Canadiens - Juraj Slafkovský
Position: LW - Team: TPS (Liiga) - 31GP - 5G - 5A - 10Pts

#2 - New Jersey Devils - Simon Nemec
Position: D - Team: HK Nitra (SVK) - 39GP - 1G - 25A - 26Pts

#3 - Arizona Coyotes - Logan Cooley
Position: C - Team: USNTDP - 51GP - 27G - 48A - 75Pts

******WE HAVE TWO TRADES TO ANNOUNCE******

Montréal Trades: Alexander Romanov (D) and Pick #98 (Pick 1, Round 4)
Long Island Trades: First round pick #13

Montréal Trades: First round pick #13 and Pick #66 (Pick 1, Round 3)
Chicago Trades: Kirby Dach (C)

The Habs trade away a defensive prospect and a first, third, and fourth round pick for Kirby Dach as Chicago continues to perplex everyone. Eventually it will just by Toews, Kane, and Seth Jones surrounded by cardboard cutouts of the Minions. Note that Romanov is an unsigned RFA.

#4 - Seattle Kraken - Shane Wright
Position - C - Team: Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) - 63GP - 32G - 62A - 94Pts

#5 - Philadelphia Flyers - Cutter Gauthier
Position - LW - Team: USNTDP - 54GP - 34G - 31A - 65Pts

#6 - Columbus Blue Jackets - David Jiricek
Position: D - Team: HC Plezen (CZE) - 29GP - 5G - 6A - 11Pts

#7 - Chicago - Kevin Korchinski
Position: D - Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - 67GP - 4G - 61A - 65Pts

#8 - Detroit Red Wings - Marco Kasper
Position: C - Team: Rögle BK (SHL) - 46GP - 7G - 4A - 11Pts

#9 - Buffalo Sabres - Matthew Savoie
Position: F - Team: Winnipeg Ice (WHL) - 65GP - 35G - 55A - 90Pts

#10 - Anaheim Ducks - Pavel Mintyukov
Position: D - Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL) - 67GP - 17G - 45A - 62Pts

****** WE HAVE A TRADE TO ANNOUNCE ******

San Jose Trades: Pick #11
Arizona Trades: Pick #27, 2x 2022 2nd round picks

#11 - Arizona Coyotes - Conor Geekie
Position: D - Team: Winnipeg Ice (WHL) - 63GP - 24G - 46A - 70Pts

#12 - Columbus Blue Jackets - Denton Mateychuk
Position: D - Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) - 65GP - 13G - 53A - 66Pts

#13 - Chicago - Frank Nazar
Position: F - Team: USNTDP - 56GP - 28G - 42A - 70GP

#14 - Winnipeg Jets* - Rutger McGroarty
Position: F - Team: USNTDP - 54GP - 35G - 34A - 69Pts

#15 - Vancouver Canucks - Jonathan Lekkerimäki
Position: F - Team: Djurgårdens IF (SHL) - 26GP - 7G - 2A - 9Pts

#16 - Buffalo Sabres - Noah Östlund
Position: F - Team: Djurgårdens IF U20 (U20 National) - 32GP - 9G - 33A - 42Pts

#17 - Nashville Predators - Joakim Kemell
Position: F - Team: JYP (Liiga) - 39GP - 15G - 8A - 23Pts

#18 - Dallas Stars - Lian Bischel
Position: D - Leksands IF (SHL) - 29GP - 1G - 2A - 3Pts

#19 - Minnesota Wild - Liam Öhgren
Position: F - Team: Djurgårdens IF U20 (U20 National) - 30GP - 33G - 25A - 58Pts

#20 - Washington Capitals - Ivan Miroshnichenko
Position: F - Team: Omskie Krylia (VHL) - 31GP - 10G - 6A - 16Pts

#21 - Pittsburgh Penguins - Owen Pickering
Position: D - Team: Swift Current Broncos (WHL) - 62GP - 9G - 24A - 33Pts

#22 - Anaheim Ducks - Nathan Gaucher
Position: F - Team: Quebec Remparts - 66GP - 31G - 26A - 57Pts

#23 - St. Louis Blues - Jimmy Snuggard
Position: F - Team: USNTDP - 59GP - 24G - 39A - 63Pts

#24 - Minnesota Wild - Danila Yurov
Position: F - Team: Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) - 21GP - No Points

****** WE HAVE A TRADE TO ANNOUNCE ******

Toronto Trades: Pick #25, Petr Mrazek
Chicago Trades: Pick #38

The Maple Leafs cleared cap space and only had top move down 13 spots. At this point in the draft there’s not a whole lot of difference between these picks.

#25 - Chicago Blackhawks - Sam Rinzel
Position: D - Team: Chaska (Minn. High School) - 27GP - 9G - 29A - 38Pts

#26 - Montreal Canadiens - Filip Mesar
Position: F - Team: Poprad (SVK) - 37GP - 8G - 8A - 16Pts

#27 - San Jose Sharks - Filip Bystedt
Position: F - Team: Linköping HC U20 (National U20 Team) - 40GP - 16G - 33A - 49Pts

#28 - Buffalo Sabres - Jiri Kulich
Position: F - Team: HC Energie Karlovy Vary (Czechia) - 49GP - 9G - 5A - 14Pts

****** WE HAVE A TRADE TO ANNOUNCE ******

Edmonton trades: Zack Kassian, Pick #29, 2024 3rd, 2025 2nd
Arizona trades: Pick #32

The Oilers pay a huge price to move Kassian who is under contract for two more years, but they save $3M+ off the cap. The Coyotes continue to be the leagues contract dumpster.

#29 - Arizona Coyotes - Maveric Lamoureux
Position: D - Team: Drummondville Voltiguers - 54GP - 4G - 20A - 24Pts

#30 - Winnipeg Jets* - Brad Lambert
Position: F - Team: Pelicans (Liiga) - 25GP - 2G - 2A - 4Pts

#31 - Tampa Bay Lightning - Isaac Howard
Position: F - Team: USNTDP - 60GP - 33G - 49A - 82Pts

#32 - Edmonton Oilers - Reid Schaefer
Position: F - Team: Seattle Thunderbirds - 66GP - 32G - 26A - 58Pts

That is it for round one!

The Maple Leafs made no picks, but picked up some cap room by moving a goalie, and they need the space...for...a...goalie.

Huh.

Well, not every signing is a Michael Bunting.

Day two picks up tomorrow afternoon, and hopefully we have some big news for Leafs fans!

Big, GOOD, news I should say.

See you tomorrow!