2022 NHL Draft: Tracking every pick from first round

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2022 NHL Draft: Tracking every pick from first round originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The best young hockey players in the world have started crossing the big stage.

The 2022 NHL Draft began with the first round on Thursday and will continue on Friday with Rounds 2-7. The Montreal Canadiens had the top overall selection and got to make it in their home arena, Bell Centre.

After Montreal, the New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes, Seattle Kraken and Philadelphia Flyers rounded out the top five. In all, 23 teams entered the draft with a first-round pick, but there were a handful of trades before and during the draft that shook things up.

Here’s the full list of every first-round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft:

First round

  1. Montreal Canadiens: Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS (FIN)

  2. New Jersey Devils: Simon Nemec, D, Nitra (SVK)

  3. Arizona Coyotes: Logan Cooley, C, USA U-18 (NTDP)

  4. Seattle Kraken: Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL)

  5. Philadelphia Flyers: Cutter Gauthier, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP)

  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (from CHI): David Jiricek, D, Plzen (CZE)

  7. Chicago Blackhawks (from OTT): Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL)

  8. Detroit Red Wings: Marco Kasper, C, Rogle (SWE)

  9. Buffalo Sabres: Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL)

  10. Anaheim Ducks: Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL)

  11. Arizona Coyotes (from SJ): Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg (WHL)

  12. Columbus Blue Jackets: Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

  13. Chicago Blackhawks (from MON via NYI): Frank Nazar, C, USA U-18 (NTDP)

  14. Winnipeg Jets: Rutger McGroarty, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP)

  15. Vancouver Canucks: Jonathan Lekkerimaki, RW, Djurgarden (SWE)

  16. Buffalo Sabres (from VGK): Noah Ostlund, C, Djurgarden Jr. (SWE)

  17. Nashville Predators: Joakim Kemell, RW, JYP (FIN)

  18. Dallas Stars: Lian Bichsel, D, Leksand (SWE)

  19. Minnesota Wild (from LA): Liam Ohgren, LW, Djurgarden Jr. (SWE)

  20. Washington Capitals: Ivan Miroshnichenko, LW, Omskie Krylia (RUS)

  21. Pittsburgh Penguins: Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current (WHL)

  22. Anaheim Ducks (from BOS): Nathan Gaucher, C, Quebec (QMJHL)

  23. St. Louis Blues: Jimmy Snuggerud, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP)

  24. Minnesota Wild: Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk (RUS)

  25. Chicago Blackhawks (from TOR): Sam Rinzel, D, Chaska (HS-MIN)

  26. Montreal Canadiens (from CGY): Filip Mesar, RW, Poprad (SVK)

  27. San Jose Sharks (from ARI via CAR and MTL): Filip Bystedt, C, Linkoping (SWE)

  28. Buffalo Sabres (from FLA): Jiri Kulich, C, Karlovy Vary (CZE)

  29. Arizona Coyotes (from EDM): Maveric Lamoureux, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)

  30. Winnipeg Jets (from NYR): Brad Lambert, C, Pelicans (FIN)

  31. Tampa Bay Lightning: Isaac Howard, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP)

  32. Edmonton Oilers (from ARI via COL): Reid Schaefer, LW, Seattle (WHL)