Juraj Slafkovsky excluded from the top-2

The draft is exactly *check my calendar* 22 days away. Until then the last mock drafts will be released and we’ll have a better idea of ​​what hopes the Canadian will have in the first half of the season.

Today Sportsnet released their final rankings.

Of course, the top 3 remain the same: Shane Wright, Logan Cooley and Juraj Slafkovsky. On the other hand, this top 3 has moved a bit. For some time now, Slafkovsky has been considered by many to be the year’s best hope. However, Sportsnet editor Sam Cosentino placed the Slovak in third place behind Cooley (2nd) and Wright (1st).

Interesting, because as I said, Slafkovsky will come out first in draft according to many. The left-hander has experienced the Olympics and a fantastic World Cup.

The other rank that interests us is 26th place. This is the Canadian’s second first-round pick in 2022, that of the Flames of Calgary. Cosentino ranked OHL center prospect Luca Del Bel Belluz at that position. My colleague Marc-Olivier Beaudoin is also a big fan of this hope.

The top 10 remain essentially the same: Simon Nemec (4th), David Jiricek (5th), Matthew Savoir (6th), Cutter Gauthier (7th), Marco Kasper (8th), Joakim Kemell (9th) and Jonathan Lekkerimaki (10′).

One player who doesn’t count in the first round and who is surprised not to see him there is Tristan Luneau, the Olympiques defender. The former QMJHL first overall winner is placed late in the first round (25-32) in many instances mock designs, but obviously not this one.

Another Gatineau defenseman, Noah Warren, ranks 32nd.

If Sportsnet has a magic ball and knows the first 32 selections, Montreal will draft Shane Wright and Luca Del Bel Belluz in the first round. He may also be able to call up Tristan Luneau at No. 33. Would you be happy with this choice?


– Logan Mailloux will be meeting with the media soon.

– What a season for him.

– Darcy Kuemper in the starter net.

– Brayden Point will play tonight.

– Resignation of Penny Oleksiak.

– The Quebecer in the top-6 of the NBA draft.

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