Here we go, the 2022 NHL Draft from E2G Sports.  Here is the First Round with Glenn Kaplan’s Scouting Reports

1)Montreal Canadiens: Juraj Slafkovsky

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 218 lbs

Last Amateur Club: TPS

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 31 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, plus/minus 1. 18 playoff games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 1.

Scouting Report: He has a ton of upside and has a big body presence and will get in the dirty areas. Slafkovsky is projected to be a Top 2 pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft and can become an elite goal scorer.

NHL Comp: Jaromir Jagr.

2)New Jersey Devils: Simon Nemec

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 192 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Nitra

League: Slovakia

Age: 18

Stats: 39 games, one goal, 25 assists, plus/minus rating 13. 19 postseason games, five goals, 12 assists, plus/minus rating 2.

Scouting Report: Nemec is projected to be the top defenseman taken in the 2022 NHL Draft. He is a great two-way player and Simon Nemec can pass the puck with ease and is an excellent skater as well.

NHL Comp: Cale Makar

 

3)Arizona Coyotes: Logan Cooley

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 174 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 24 games played, 13 goals, and 23 assists, plus/minus rating of 19.

Scouting Report: A strong two-way forward, who is excellent in the face-off circle and continues to get better. He will be playing collegiate hockey next year at the University of Minnesota.

NHL Comp: Jack Hughes

4)Seattle Kraken: Shane Wright

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 191 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Kingston

League: OHL

Age: 18

Stats: 63 games played, 32 goals, and 62 assists, plus/minus rating of 23. Playoff Stats: 11 games played, three goals, and 11 assists. plus/minus rating of 4.

Scouting Report: A dynamic playmaker with a sniper’s release and it is very difficult to stop him. He is also a very effective two-way forward and projected to be the number one overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

NHL Comp: Patrice Bergeron

5)Philadelphia Flyer: Cutter Gauthier

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 189 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 22 games, 19 goals, 9 assists, plus/minus 14.

Scouting Report: He will be attending Boston College to play college hockey in the fall. Gauthier is a very strong defensive player on the penalty kill and despite scoring goals, he needs to be wiser with his slot selection but the talent is there.

NHL Comp: Anders Lee.

6)Columbus Blue Jackets: David Jiricek

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 176 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Plzen

League: Czrep

Age: 18

Stats: 29 games, five goals, six assists, and a plus/minus rating of even.

Scouting Report: Skating is the name of his game and he can also get shots through traffic.

NHL Comp: Erik Karlsson

7)Chicago Blackhawks: Kevin Korchinski

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 185 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Seattle

League: WHL

Age: 17

Stats: 67 games, 4 goals, 61 assists, plus/minus rating 36. Playoffs: 25 games, 6 goals, 13 assists, plus/minus rating 6.

Scouting Report: Korchinski has a wicked left-handed shot, but his playmaking is electrifying. He has solid height for a defenseman and Kevin Korchinski is going to make someone happy with his offensive playmaking ability on the power play and on the rush from the back end.

NHL Comp: Victor Hedman

8)Detroit Red Wings: Marco Kasper

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 183 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Rogle

League: Sweden

Age: 18

Stats: 12 games played, six goals and seven assists, plus/minus rating of 2 in the junior league. In the HL league in Sweden, he played in 46 games and scored seven goals, and recorded four assists, plus/minus rating of -10.

Scouting Report: He’s a big center who controls the puck well. Marco Kasper is slick and agile and can make things happen.

NHL Comp: N/A

9) Buffalo Sabres: Matthew Savoie

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Winnipeg

League: WHL

Age: 18

Stats: 65 games played, 35 goals, and 55 assists, plus/minus rating of 54. Playoff stats: Eight games played, six goals, and recorded four assists, plus/minus rating of 10.

Scouting Report: He is very skilled, very quick, and is very intense with his battles. Savoie has the offensive high-end ability.

NHL Comp: N/A

10)Anaheim Ducks: Pavel Mintyukov

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 192 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Saginaw

League: OHL

Age: 18

Stats: 67 games, 17 goals, 45 assists, plus/minus rating of -14.

Scouting Report: He can over pursue the puck sometimes and be turnover prone. However, when Pavel Mintyukov is on his game, it is very dangerous and Mintyukov has a very high upside after his breakout season in the OHL.

NHL Comp: Kris Letang (left-handed version)

 

San Jose Sharks trade #11 to the Arizona Coyotes  for 27, 34, 45

11)Arizona Coyotes: Conor Geekie

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 196 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Winnipeg

League: OHL

Age: 18

Stats: 63 games, 24 goals, 46 assists, plus/minus rating 46. 10 postseason games, three goals, six assists, plus/minus rating 4.

Scouting Report: He has great long-term potential and could be a potential reach in the 2022 NHL Draft. Conor Geekie has a big physical size down the middle and his offensive potential is what scouts are praising about him.

NHL Comp: N/A

7. Brad Lambert

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Pelicans

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 25 games, two goals, and two assists, plus/minus rating -6. Playoffs played in three games and scored no goals and recorded zero assists. Plus/minus rating of -1.

Scouting Report: He’s a dynamic offensive threat, combining his high-end skating ability with his offensive instincts. Brad Lambert is very dangerous when he has the puck and can pass to open teammates and thread the nettle.

NHL Comp: N/A

12)Columbus Blue Jackets: Denton Mateychuk

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 192 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Moose Jaw

League: OHL

Age: 17

Stats: 65 games, 13 goals, 51 assists, plus/minus rating 20. Playoffs, one goal, nine assists, plus/minus rating -2.

Scouting Report: He’s always up in the play and can also get very aggressive. Mateychuk also can be his own worst enemy sometimes with too many turnovers but coaches will like Denton Mateychuk’s risk ability.

NHL Comp: Brent Burns (left-handed version).

13)Chicago BlackHawks: Frank Nazar

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 24 games played, 15 goals, and 20 assists, plus/minus rating of 26.

Scouting Report: He will be playing college hockey at the University of Michigan next year. Nazar is a versatile forward who plays the game of hockey game at a very high pace.

NHL Comp: N/A

14)Winnipeg Jets: Rutger McGroarty

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 200 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 25 games, 15 goals, 18 assists, plus/minus 24.

Scouting Report. He will be attending the University of Michigan to play college hockey in the fall. McGroarty is very skilled and projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft and could be one of the most polished players in this draft.

NHL Comp: Jake Guentzel.

15)Vancouver Canucks: Jonathan Lekkerimaki

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 165 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Djurgarden

League: Sweden

Age: 17

Stats: 26 games, 20 goals, 15 assists, plus/minus rating 18.

Scouting Report: The kid loves to score goals. He is a complete water bug.

NHL Comp: Oliver Wahlstrom

16)Buffalo Sabres: Noah Ostlund

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 163 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Djugarden Jr.

League: Sweden-Jr.

Age: 18

Stats: 32 games, 9 goals, and 33 assists, plus/minus 30.

Scouting Report: He is a very good playmaker. Ostlund won’t be much of an NHL goal scorer but will be very effective with his game when he reaches the next level in hockey though also.

NHL Comp: Henrik Sedin.

17)Nashville Predators: Joakim Kemell

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 171 lbs

Last Amateur Club: JYP

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 39 games, 15 goals, 8 assists, plus/minus rating of -13.

Scouting Report: He had a shoulder injury that slowed him down after a hot start to the season overseas.

NHL Comp: Drake Batherson

18)Dallas Stars: Lian Bichsel

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 212 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Leskand

League: Sweden

Age: 18

Stats: 11 games, three goals, four assists, plus/minus rating -1.

Scouting Report: He has great puck control according to the advanced analytics and can also block shots and is willing to sacrifice his body. Bischel is projected to go in the later first round because of not getting enough games in last year and Lian Bischel could be a steal.

NHL Comp: Ivan Provorov

 

19)Minnesota Wild: Liam Ohgren

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 187 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Djugarden Jr.

League: Sweden-Jr.

Age: 18

Stats: 30 games, 33 goals, 25 assists, plus/minus 41.

Scouting Report: He has very high offensive upside with his capability of scoring goals and also passing the puck. Ohgren’s hockey IQ is off the charts and dominated play in his league this season.

NHL Comp: Gabriel Landeskog

20)Washington Capitals: Ivan Miroshnichenko

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 185 lbs

Last Amateur Club: OMSK Krylia

League: Russia-2

Age: 18

Stats: 31 games, 10 goals, 6 assists, plus/minus rating -9.

Scouting Report: He was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and will potentially miss all of next season as well. Miroshnichenko was projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft, but we will see where he gets drafted now and if someone rolls the dice on him. The most important thing is that he makes a full recovery in order to live a normal life.

NHL Comp: N/A

21)Pittsburgh Penguins: Owen Pickering

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 180 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Swift Current

League: WHL

Age: 18

Stats: 62 games, nine goals, 24 assists, plus/minus rating -29.

NHL Scouting Report: Pickering has climbed up draft boards from the start of the season. He will be a late first or an early second-round pick and also, Owen Pickering has potential offensively but the defense needs work.

NHL Comp: Justin Schultz (left-handed version)

22)Anaheim Ducks: Nathan Gaucher

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 207 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Quebec

League: QMJHL

Age: 18

Stats: 66 games, 31 goals, 26 assists, plus/minus 30. Five playoff games, two goals, and three assists, plus/minus 2.

Scouting Report: He lacks a ton of offensive upside. Nathan Gaucher will be more of a two-way centerman in the NHL as a third or a fourth-liner and can also kill off penalties.

NHL Comp: Teddy Blueger

23)St. Louis Blue: Jimmy Snuggerud

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 186 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 17

Stats: 26 games, 6 goals, 20 assists, plus/minus rating 15.

Scouting Report: He has committed to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota next season. Snuggerud has a strong shot that he isn’t afraid to use and has high IQ for the game of hockey.

NHL Comp: Frank Vatarno

24)Minnesota Wild: Danila Yurov

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 178 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Magnitogorsk

League: Russia

Age: 18

Stats: 23 games, 13 goals, 23 assists, plus/minus rating 22. Playoffs, two games, one goal, zero assists, plus/minus rating 1.

Scouting Report: He is a very strong skater. Yurov is very good at protecting the puck and is a great play-maker.

 

25)Chicago Blackhawks: Sam Rinzel

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 180 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Chaska

League: HIGH-MN

Age: 17

Stats: 27 games, nine goals, 29 assists, plus/minus rating 22.

NHL Scouting Report: He will be attending the University of Minnesota next season. Rinzel is NHL ready out of high school and Sam Rinzel also has a very big skating frame about him.

NHL Comp: Josh Manson

 

26)Montreal Canadiens: Filip Mesar (RW) PopRad (SVK)

27)San Jose Sharks: Filip Bystedt

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 205 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Linkpoig Jr.

League: Sweden-Jr.

Age: 18

Stats: 40 games, 16 goals, 33 assists, plus/minus 23.

Scouting Report: He has great size and terrific edgework, His shot speed is what allows him to score, but Bystedt will need to improve on his shot release in the NHL.

NHL Comp: N/A

28)Buffalo Sabres: Jiri Kulich

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 172 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Karlovy Vary

League: CZREP

Age: 18

Stats: 49 games, nine goals, five assists, plus/minus rating 7. Three playoff games, zero goals, and one assist, plus/minus 0.

Scouting Report: He is projected to be a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Kulich has tremendous upside.

NHL Comp: N/A

29)Arizona Coyotes from Edmonton via trade: Maveric Lamoureux

Height: 6’7″

Weight: 199 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Drummondville

League: QMJHL

Age: 18

Stats: 54 games, four goals, 20 assists, plus/minus rating of -30. Playoffs: four games, zero goals, and one assist, plus/minus rating of -4.

NHL Scouting Report: He can check players with ease with his size. Maveric Lamourex needs to polish his offensive game but will be a serviceable defenseman in the NHL and teams will be happy with Lamourex.

NHL Comp: Aaron Ekblad

30)Winnipeg Jets: Brad Lambert

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 175 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Pelicans

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 25 games, two goals, and two assists, plus/minus rating -6. Playoffs played in three games and scored no goals and recorded zero assists. Plus/minus rating of -1.

Scouting Report: He’s a dynamic offensive threat, combining his high-end skating ability with his offensive instincts. Brad Lambert is very dangerous when he has the puck and can pass to open teammates and thread the nettle.

NHL Comp: Matthew Barzal

31)Tampa Bay Lightning: Isaac Howard

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 182 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 27 games, 11 goals, 26 assists, plus/minus rating 18.

Scouting Report: He is an excellent forward who is gifted with his offensive instincts. Isaac Howard is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for next season for collegiate hockey and is developing his game to be a more complete hockey player.

NHL Comp: N/A

32)Edmonton Oilers: Reid Schaefer

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 213 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Seattle

League: WHL

Age: 18.

Stats: 66 games, 32 goals, 26 assists, plus/minus rating 29. Playoffs, 12 games played, 5 goals, 9 assists, plus/minus rating 10.

Scouting Report: Schaefer is a hit-or-miss player. There are various times when he isn’t noticeable on the ice.

NHL Comp: N/A