When is the 2022 NHL Draft? Date, time, TV channel, top prospects

"With the first pick in the 2022 NHL Draft ..."

We're just a couple of months away from hearing those exciting words from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. 

The NHL Draft Lottery has been completed and the order of the first 16 teams has been decided. The Canadiens will be the first team picking in July and likely will be selecting top draft prospect Shane Wright. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft. 

NHL MOCK DRAFT 2022: Canadiens take Shane Wright with No. 1 pick

When is the 2022 NHL Draft ?

  • Dates: July 7-8
  • Start time: TBA

The draft spans the course of two days. On Thursday, July 7, the first round will take place, with representatives from all teams selecting with the first 32 picks in Montreal. 

On Friday, July 8, the remaining picks in Rounds 2-7 will be selected. 

Where is the 2022 NHL Draft?

  • Venue: Bell Centre
  • City: Montreal  

The Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens, will be the location of the 2022 NHL Draft. 

This is the first time since 2009 that Montreal will host the draft. In total, it is the 27th time the city has been the home of the annual event.

Montreal was supposed to host the draft in 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic the event was held virtually for health and safety reasons. 

MORE: Who is Shane Wright?

How can I watch the 2022 NHL Draft?

While the channel for Day 2 of the NHL Draft is not known yet, the first round of the draft will be on national TV on that Thursday. 

For American viewers, it will be aired on either ESPN or ESPN2, and you can stream it with ESPN+. For the Canadian audience, it will be on Sportsnet, as well as TVA Sports in French. 

Who are the top prospects in the 2022 NHL Draft?

This year's class is expected to be a weaker one. But that doesn't mean there isn't loads of talent to be taken in the first round. 

Shane Wright has been the consensus No. 1 pick for a couple of seasons. The talented forward from the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs has recorded 143 points in 110 games so far as a member of the team. 

However, after Wright, there is no clear-cut answer at No. 2 and beyond. There are a number of skilled players coming out of Slovakia, such as Juraj Slafkovsky and Simon Nemec, as well as Finland with Brad Lambert and Joakim Kemell. And, of course, the U.S. and Canada will have a plethora of representatives taken, with Logan Cooley, Matthew Savoie and Conor Geekie projected to be top-10 picks. 

MORE: Who is Logan Cooley?

Here is a look at the top-10 ranked players each from North American and Europe, according to NHL's Central Scouting

North American players
PLAYERPOSITIONNATIONALITYTEAM
Shane WrightCenterCanadaKingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Logan CooleyCenterUSAUSA Under-18 (USNTDP)
Matthew SavoieCenterCanadaWinnipeg Ice (WHL)
Conor GeekieCenterCanadaWinnipeg Ice (WHL)
Pavel MintyukovDefensemanRussiaSaginaw Spirit (OHL)
Cutter GauthierLeft WingUSAUSA Under-18 (USNTDP)
Jack HughesCenterUSANortheastern Huskies (Hockey East)
Jimmy SnuggerudRight WingUSAUSA Under-18 (USNTDP)
Denton MateychukDefensemanCanadaMoose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Tristan LuneauDefensemanCanadaGatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

 

European players
PLAYERPOSITIONNATIONALITYTEAM
Joakim KemellRight WingFinlandJYP (Liiga)
Juraj SlafkovskyLeft WingSlovakiaTPS(Liiga)
Danila YurovRight WingRussiaMagnitogorsk (KHL)
David JiricekDefensemanCzech RepublicPlzen (Czech Extraliga)
Brad LambertCenterFinlandPelicans(Liiga)
Simon NemecDefensemanSlovakiaNitra (Slovak Extraliga)
Marco KasperCenterAustriaRogle (SHL)
Ivan MiroshnichenkoLeft WingRussiaOmsk Krylia (VHL)
Jonathan LekkerimakiRight WingFinlandDjurgardens Jr. (J20 Nationell)
Alexander Perevalov Left WingRussia Loko Yaroslav (MHL)

Which team has selected first overall in the past?

The draft was first created for the 1963 NHL season. This will be the 60th draft in the history of the NHL. 

The Canadiens have made the most No. 1 picks with five. The Ducks, Canucks, Wild, Hurricanes, Predators, Sharks, Flames and Kraken have never received the first pick in the draft. 

Here is a look at which teams got the No. 1 picks from the last 10 drafts and who they selected. 

  • 2021: Owen Power (BUF)
  • 2020: Alexis Lafrenière (NYR)
  • 2019: Jack Hughes (NJD)
  • 2018: Rasmus Dahlin (BUF)
  • 2017: Nico Hischier (NJD)
  • 2016: Auston Matthews (TOR)
  • 2015: Connor McDavid (EDM)
  • 2014: Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
  • 2013: Aaron Ekblad (FLA)
  • 2012: Nail Yakupov (EDM)
Author(s)
Bryan Murphy is an NHL Content Producer for The Sporting News. He previously worked at NBC Sports and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.