2022 NHL Draft: Pacific Division needs

The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held July 7-8 at the Bell Center in Montreal. Round 1 will be July 7 (7:00 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) and Rounds 2-7 will be July 8 (11:00 a.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) instead of. NHL.com counts down to the draft with in-depth profiles of top prospects, podcasts and other features. Today we’re reviewing draft needs for teams in the Pacific Division. For NHL.com’s full draft coverage, click here here.

The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft offers teams an opportunity to bolster key positions with young talent.

Here’s what the eight Pacific Division teams could do in the draft (teams listed in alphabetical order):


Highest priority: defender

First choice: #10

The situation: Jamie Drydale is on track to become a No. 1 defender, and Olen Zellweger, the Ducks’ #34 second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft, was named the Western Hockey League’s top defenseman this season. But with the trade of Hampus Lindholm, more depth is needed at the position and there should be several talented defenders to choose from at this point. Another option could be to add more skills on the wing, or they could do that with the #22 they acquired from the Boston Bruins in the Lindholm trade.

Possible fits: Pavel MintyukovD, Saginaw (OHL); Kevin KorchinskiD, Seattle (WHL); Daniela YurovRW, Magnitogorsk (RUS)


Highest priority: defender

First choice: No. 59

The situation: The Flames’ first pick advance to the second round after trading their first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens Tyler Toffoli act. Calgary chose a forward with his first pick of the 2021 draft (Matt CoronatoNo. 13), 2020 (Connor ZaryNo. 24) and 2019 (Jacob Pelletier, No. 26). Finding more skills on the defender might be the best option here.

Possible fits: Michael FisherD, St. Mark’s School (HIGH-MA); David SpacekD, Sherbrooke (QMJHL); Matyas SapovalivC, Saginaw (OHL)


Highest priority: defender

First choice: No. 29

The situation: Evan Bouchard became a full-time NHL player that season at ages 23 and 20 Philip Broberg could play a bigger role after making his NHL debut this season. But behind them there is little prospect depth; could be their best prospects for the position Dmitri Samorukov (2017, No. 84) and Luca Munzberger (2021, No. 90). Another option might be to find an experienced winger who might eventually play along Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Possible fits: Seamus CaseyD, USA U-18 (NTDP); Jagger FicusRW, elk jaw (WHL); Sam RinzelD, Chaska (HIGH-MN)


Highest priority: wings to play with

First choice: No. 51

The situation: The Kings will make their first round pick after trading their first round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Forward Kevin Fiala. Los Angeles averaged 2.87 goals per game, the second-lowest among teams to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the only wings to score more than 18 goals Adrian Kempe (35) and Viktor Arvidsson (20). The addition of Fiala will help in the present, but some younger options for the future could be the focus here. The Kings have built through the ice early in the draft with centers in recent years Quinton Byfield (2020, No. 2), Alex Turcotte (2019, No. 5) and Rasmus Kupari (#2018, #20) and defenders Brand Clarke (2021, No. 8) and Tobias Björnfot (2019, No. 22). Finding more skill and scoring from the wings is a possibility. Another area they could pursue is an offensive defender.

Possible fits: Alexander PerevalovLW, Yaroslavl 2 (RUS-JR); DylanJamesLW, Sioux City (USHL); Christian KyroD, Erie (OHL)


Highest priority: defender

First choice: #11

The situation: Three of the Sharks’ top six defensemen were 37 years old Brent Burns35 years Marc Edouard Vlasic and 32 years old Eric Karlson. Mario Ferrari, 23, has earned a top-four finish throughout the season but more needs to be added to the position. San Jose has used high picks for forwards William Eklund (2021, No. 7), Ozzy Wiesblatt (2020, No. 31) and Thomas Bordeleau (2020, no. 38) the last two years at draft; Now seems like a good time to find quality defenders.

Possible fits: Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL); Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL); Denton MateychukD, elk jaw (WHL)


Highest priority: Best Available Player

First choice: number 4

The situation: The Kraken began building their potential group of seven picks in the 2021 NHL Draft and have already seen some of those classes come to fruition with the center’s arrival Matty Beniers, the No. 2 who has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 games. Seattle has 12 selections, including four in the second round. With Beniers expected to be a fundamental element for the forward, the choice with their first pick in the 2022 draft could be to find a similar building block at the defender. However, since the Kraken are still in the growth phase, the best option is to take the best player available, regardless of position.

Possible fits: Simon NemekD, neuter (SVK); David JiricekD, Pilsen (CZREP); Logan CooleyC, USA U-18 (NTDP)


Highest priority: defender

First choice: #15

The situation: QuinnHughes22 and Travis Dermott25, are the only defenders under the age of 26 expected to stand on opening day next season Jack Rathbone, 23, has a chance. Aside from Hughes, their first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, is the only defenseman the Canucks have picked in the first two rounds since 2016 Jett Woo (No. 37, 2018). It feels important to add a top-end prospect for the position, especially with Oliver Ekman-Larsson (30) and Tyler Myers (32), two of the Canucks’ top Ice Age leaders, are nearing the end of their peak seasons.

Possible fits: Ryan Chesley, D, USA U-18 (NTDP); Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL); Owen PickeringD, fast current (WHL)


Highest priority: Forward

First choice: No. 48

The situation: The Golden Knights will make their first round pick after trading their first round pick to the Buffalo Sabers for center Jack Acorn. Vegas has narrowed its group of top-end prospects in forward trading over the years Mark Stein, Max Pacioretty and Acorn, so building this area of ​​the development system could be where the Golden Knights are looking. Choosing a goalkeeper could also be an option.

Possible fits: Danil ZhilkinC, Guelph (OHL); Adam Ingram, C, Youngstown (USHL); Alexander Perevalov, LW, Yaroslavl 2 (RUS-JR)

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