2022 NHL Draft dwell picks tracker: Kraken choose Shane Wright at No. 4

July 7, 2022 at 7:55 PM WBS

What the Kraken are getting in Shane Wright

Shane Wright is a very well-rounded center who has no noticeable flaw in his skill set but there also isn’t a ton about his game that gets you overly excited. He can skate and handle the puck like an NHLer. Wright’s game translates because of his competence and direct style of play from him. He takes pucks to the net and plays quickly. He can pull up to make a tough pass but he can take pucks to the inside too. He has the high-end vision to run a power-play unit and make tough plays with pace. His shot from him is very good, showing the ability to pick corners from long range consistently. Off the puck he’s competitive and responsible, showing maturity beyond his years of him.

He projects as a No. 1 center in the NHL due to his all-around play with a chance to be a star, but probably won’t be an elite scorer in the league.

Corey Pronmann·

Senior Writer, NHL Prospects

July 7, 2022 at 7:54 PM WBS

Kent Hughes is wheeling and dealing

So much for rookie nerves.

His first-ever draft selection is a talented Slovakian winger who will incite debate until he steps foot onto the ice. He then makes two trades, one that sends Alexander Romanov to the Islanders along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for the 13th overall pick. He then flips the pick to ultimately land Kirby Dach from Chicago.

It’s been some time since the NHL Draft produced this much intrigue from one team. On top of that, when was the last time a rookie GM made such a statement in their first-ever draft?

Julian McKenzie

Julian McKenzie

July 7, 2022 at 7:54 PM WBS

Seattle Kraken draft Shane Wright with the No. 4 pick

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

July 7, 2022 at 7:53 PM WBS

The trades from Montreal’s perspective

This is all kinds of nuts. The Canadiens make two trades in order to land center Kirby Dach, but deal Alexander Romanov (on top of draft picks) in the process. I get picking up a young center in Dach, but you have to wonder how much the current geopolitical situation might have come into play in regards to the Russian defenseman, who was believed to be a cornerstone of the Canadiens rebuild.

Marc Antoine Godin

Marc Antoine Godin·

Mr. Writer/Managing Editor, Montréal

July 7, 2022 at 7:51 PM WBS

Finally, some NHL Draft chaos

The Blackhawks are tearing it down – and interestingly enough, they’re moving younger players you’d think would be part of the solution. First it was Brandon Hagel at the deadline, Alex DeBrincat earlier in a lopsided deal, and now it’s Kirby Dach.

All are choices.

Shayna Goldman

Shayna Goldman

July 7, 2022 at 7:50 PM WBS

Kirby Dach goes to the Canadiens, and the Blackhawks trade back into the first round

The Montreal Canadiens make two major trades in short order:

  • Montreal traded defenseman Alexander Romanov and pick No. 98 to the New York Islanders for the No. 13 pick.
  • Then, the Canadiens flipped the 13th pick (and No. 66) to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Kirby Dach.
The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

July 7, 2022 at 7:48 PM WBS

Revisiting the Coyotes’ fashion choices …

Okay, who let someone in a greyish suit on stage with the Coyotes? The matching vibes are odd enough, but it’s a bit funky to see someone completely clash with this group.

Shayna Goldman

Shayna Goldman

July 7, 2022 at 7:46 PM WBS

What the Coyotes are getting in Logan Cooley

Logan Cooley is a dynamic player. When he has the puck on his stick you instantly notice him because of his high-end speed, skill and offensive IQ. He can make highly creative dekes and passes at full speed. The pace of his game is why I think he will be a top NHL player. He takes pucks up the ice and to the net often. Cooley lacks size, but he plays hard. He can drive play at even strength while also having the vision and shot to be a power-play threat running a unit from the walls.

I have projects as a first-line forward; as a center, he would be a low-end first-line player in the NHL.

Corey Pronmann

Corey Pronmann·

Senior Writer, NHL Prospects

July 7, 2022 at 7:46 PM WBS

Arizona Coyotes draft Logan Cooley with the No. 3 pick

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

July 7, 2022 at 7:44 PM WBS

Logan Cooley to Arizona!

Some people thought Shane Wright would go first overall at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. He wasn’t even taken in the top three. The Coyotes opt for Logan Cooley, who some feel was a safer center option with an intriguing ceiling compared to Shane Wright.

With Cooley going third overall, it’s the fourth consecutive year where a player from the US National Development Program goes in the top five.

Julian McKenzie

Julian McKenzie

July 7, 2022 at 7:41 PM WBS

What the Devils are getting in Simon Nemec

Simon Nemec is a very well-rounded defenseman. His puck game from him is great. He has the high-end brain to make a lot of tough plays often. Nemec can hit seams, make plays under pressure and makes a great outlet pass. He also shows individual skill which, when combined with good speed, allows him to be dangerous in transition too.

Defensively, he’s solid due to his skating, compete and brain, even though he’s not physically imposing and can be trusted with tough responsibilities. Nemec projects as a top-pair defenseman.

Corey Pronmann

Corey Pronmann·

Senior Writer, NHL Prospects

July 7, 2022 at 7:39 PM WBS

Where will Shane Wright go now?

With the Devils going Simon Nemec, we now officially have a Shane Wright story on our hands. You figure he has to go next, or to Seattle at four at the absolute lowest. Then again, we used to figure he had to go first…

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

July 7, 2022 at 7:38 PM WBS

New Jersey Devils draft Simon Nemec No. 2

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

July 7, 2022 at 7:38 PM WBS

Shane Wright doesn’t go first…or second…

The New Jersey Devils have opted for defenseman Simon Nemec at second overall. This is unbelievable. I can’t think of any other draft I’ve seen where I didn’t see the first two picks coming, let alone the fact that he and Slafkovsky are both the two-highest Slovakian players ever taken in the NHL Draft (Marian Gaborik went third overall in 2000).

So, who will the Arizona Coyotes take? It doesn’t seem like a sure thing for Shane Wright to play in the desert…

Julian McKenzie

Julian McKenzie

July 7, 2022 at 7:36 PM WBS

Canadian fans shouldn’t be disappointed about Slafkovsky

As soon as Canadiens GM Kent Hughes announced the Juraj Slafkovsky pick, I turned around to view the crowd reaction. I thought there might be some boos, but there weren’t. But there were many heads in hands, some disappointed faces, and some were just stunned. They probably shouldn’t be because things have been trending in this direction for weeks. The Canadiens now have a big, powerful, scoring winger with a mean streak. — Harpoon Basu

As soon as Canadiens GM Kent Hughes announced the Juraj Slafkovsky pick, I turned around to view the crowd reaction. I thought there might be some boos, but there weren’t. But there were many heads in hands, some disappointed faces, and some were just stunned. They probably shouldn’t be because things have been trending in this direction for weeks. The Canadiens now have a big, powerful, scoring winger with a mean streak. —Marc Antoine Godin

Harpoon Basu

Harpoon Basu·

Senior Writer, NHL

July 7, 2022 at 7:34 PM WBS

Will the Devils go defenseman, or best available?

Whatever happens next is intriguing. The next best available player, I’d think, is Shane Wright. But up next are the Devils, who already have Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, and Dawson Mercer down the middle — Mercer who has already slotted to wing to stay in the top six this past season. Do they go for a defender now or stick with the center many thought would go first?

Shayna Goldman

Shayna Goldman

July 7, 2022 at 7:29 PM WBS

The Montreal Canadiens have selected Juraj Slafkovsky first overall

wow. They did it!

The Canadiens opted for the Slovakian winger over the Canadian centre. Corey Pronman had him the best guy available according to his lists and mock drafts. Montreal could have had Shane Wright and potentially put together a 1-2 punch down the middle with Nick Suzuki. Instead, they have a scoring winger who many will envision as the perfect piece to play alongside Cole Caufield…and Nick Suzuki.

Slafkovsky also comes across as bold and confident, at least with everything he’s said before the draft. Having a coach like St. Louis, who’s already worked wonders with the Canadiens’ more skilled players, should also help him as he develops. But the spotlight will burn bright upon him now.

Julian McKenzie

Julian McKenzie

July 7, 2022 at 7:29 PM WBS

Canadian fans react to the pick

Not surprisingly, the Slafkovsky pick gets a monster reaction from the fans in the arena. Overwhelmingly cheers, although I saw a few guys doing their best New York Jets fan impressions. One seemed to be stabbing himself in the heart, which seems a little dramatic but we’ll allow it.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

July 7, 2022 at 7:26 PM WBS

Montreal Canadiens draft Juraj Slafkovsky No. 1

Juraj Slafkovsky has all the assets you’re looking for in a top NHL forward. He’s a 6-foot-4 winger who can beat opponents with speed and skill. He possesses outstanding puck skills, and can put pucks through legs and sticks at a very high rate. Slafkovsky can use finesse, or power and quickness to get around defenders. Slafkovsky can also set up and finish plays well. Physically, he wo n’t run over guys but his competition is good enough. He projects as a top-line winger with the potential to pop and become a true star in the NHL.

Read more here.

Corey Pronmann

Corey Pronmann·

Senior Writer, NHL Prospects

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