When is the 2022 NHL Draft? Lottery odds, top prospects, draft rankings

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Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is expected to go first overall in the 2022 NHL draft. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images)
Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is expected to go first overall in the 2022 NHL draft. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images)

The 2022 NHL Draft is on the horizon and we’ve put together a quick fact sheet to tell you everything you need to know about this year’s event.

When is the 2022 NHL draft?

The 2022 NHL draft will be held Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Who has the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL draft?

The order of the draft for non-playoff teams will be determined by the draft lottery, which will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The order for playoff teams will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

How does the NHL draft lottery work?

The 16 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs are ranked proportionally to where they finished in the standings, with the worst 11 teams in the league all eligible for the first overall pick. Teams cannot move up more than 10 positions from their original spot if it wins one of the lottery draws.

As of this year, teams cannot win the lottery more than twice over a five-year span. Since this rule was newly implemented, 2022 marks the first year the five-year span will be accounted for and previous victories prior to 2022 won’t count towards a team’s eligibility for the first overall pick.

There will be two draws for the No. 1 and No. 2 picks, respectively. Afterwards, the remaining 14 teams will remain in their respective positions, ensuring that the team that finishes with the worst record in the NHL can fall no lower than No. 3.

The team that finishes with the NHL’s worst record will have a 25.7 percent chance of winning the first overall pick, the league’s second-worst team carries a 12.1 percent chance, while the NHL’s third-worst club will have a 10.9 percent chance. You can see a full simulation via Tankathon.

Here are the lottery odds heading into Tuesday's draw:

Who are the top prospects for the 2022 NHL draft?

Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL)

For as long as this age group has been tracked, Wright has been the consensus favorite to go first overall, and he’s solidified this position over the course of the season. Wright won’t blow you away with his speed but he possesses an outstanding release, playmaking ability and vision which should translate immediately to the NHL.

Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS (Finnish Elite League)

Slafkovsky straight up dominated during the Olympics, winning tournament MVP after posting seven goals in seven games for Slovakia, helping his country win bronze, their first-ever medal in ice hockey. A towering winger with a booming shot, Slafkovsky could graduate to the NHL this fall.

Simon Nemec, D, HK Nitra (Slovakia)

Nemec is a smooth-skating, right-shot defenseman with remarkable poise and the ability to turn zone exits into genuine offensive chances. He moves the puck with fluency while playing in the Slovakian professional league as an underager. Although it’s unlikely he’ll push Wright for No.1, he may end up as the best player in the class when it’s all said and done.

Logan Cooley, C, U.S. National Team Development Program

Cooley has averaged over a point-and-a-half per game during his second year with the USNTDP and may be the second player off the board. The 18-year-old has been widely lauded for his speed and his attention to detail as a two-way player.

Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL)

Listed at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, Savoie is a little undersized but his high-end talent is worth the relative risk. He’s arguably the fastest player in the draft, boasts tremendous puck skills and could be likened to former WHL standout Mathew Barzal.

NHL draft rankings

NHL.com

Eliteprospects.com

FC Hockey

Sportsnet

TSN (Bob McKenzie, midseason)

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