The Canadians select Juraj Slafkovsky as the overall pick of the NHL draft

The Habs favored Slafkovsky over Canadian Shane Wright, long considered the top draft pick, and American Logan Cooley. The two had been named by Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes earlier this week as part of a select trio of players, alongside Slafkovsky, who could be picked by the club in the Premier League.

The Canadians were also active in the trade market in a three-team trade. He initially sent defenseman Alexander Romanov and the 98th draft pick to the New York Islanders against the 13th draft pick. He then sent the 13th pick and 66th draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for the services of 21-year-old center Kirby Dach, 3rd pick in the 2019 draft.

Then, with their second round one selection, the CH chose another Slovakian player, right-hander Filip Mesar, in 26th place.

I don’t think I heard my name. I just heard Slovakia and then stopped listening. I was shaking, I had chills. It was an incredible moment for me. »

A quote from Juraj Slafkovsky, 1st pick in the 2022 draft

It’s an incredible moment for me, for my family, for everyone who supported me and also for all of Slovakia,” Slafkovsky said. We needed something like this. It’s also a special night for me because Simon Nemec was the second choice (see below) and I didn’t see that coming.

It came as a big surprise to me, he continued. We had meetings, but it is impossible to know anything about these meetings. I could only hope while waiting, but now it’s a reality.

The 18-year-old Slovak left winger didn’t have a very successful 2021-2022 season in terms of Finnish League (SM-liiga) points as he only managed 5 goals and 5 assists in 31 games with TPS Turku.

Juraj Slafkovsky is congratulated by Shane Wright.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

However, he excelled at the Beijing Olympics, scoring seven times in a Slovak jersey in as many games. He and his teammates also won the bronze medal at that event and he won the Player of the Tournament award.

The 1.92 m tall player has also represented his country at World Cups and World Junior Championships. He has nine points in eight games.

The 18-year-old told the media that the rank he was drafted for was less important than being named the best player of his year after his retirement.

This week we had three hopes [en vue]. We feel we’ve done a great analysis of each of them, both in person and on video. I would say that on Wednesday morning we realized that we are leaning towards Juraj. We wanted to meet him one last time to ask him important questions for usexplained Kent Hughes in an interview.

He has a very dynamic personality. He’s very charismatic. We asked him about his favorite hockey moments. He said if you lose by a goal or win by a goal then the game is tensehe said.

After the excitement of the repechage, Juraj Slafkovsky answers the burning questions.

Juraj Slafkovsky arrived at the Bell Center rubbing the cold of some fans who obviously had their favorite Shane Wright and booed the Slovakian as he greeted the fans. But he’s not worried about that reception, which preceded the Canadian’s decision.

Hockey and their passion as it is for me, he said. Maybe some of them don’t like me, but I will do everything to play well for this team and maybe one day they will like me.

The Slafkovsky wolf and the Wright eagle

Alexandre Gascon met Slovakian nominee Juraj Slafkovsky in June on the sidelines of NHL Prospect Camp in Buffalo. Maintenance.

Shane Wright’s slide

The New Jersey Devils surprised the draft pundits again with the second pick of the 2022 auction. They have their sights set on another Slovak player, defenseman Simon Nemec.

That Slovak ice hockey has the first two picks is fantasticNemec told Sportsnet.

The Arizona Coyotes then selected 3rd overall Logan Cooley, who played in the United States National Development Program and United States Hockey League last season.

Overall, the 5’7″ center has scored 40 goals and 71 assists in 75 games. He was drafted by the University of Minnesota for the 2022-23 season.

Ultimately, it was the Seattle Kraken who ended Shane Wright’s ordeal and called his name in 4th place.

A young man puts on the Kraken sweater.

Shane Wright was selected 4th overall by the Seattle Kraken.

Photo: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

In 2018, the Burlington-based athlete had earned exceptional player status at age 15 to play in the Ontario League.

The 6-foot-1 Canadian center had 32 goals and 62 assists with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Kingston Frontenacs last season. In 2021, he helped Canada win gold at the U18 World Cup by scoring 9 goals (a Maple Leaf record at that tournament) and 5 assists.

Only at number 22 was a first representative from the QMJHL and a first Quebecer, Nathan Gaucher, selected. Gaucher, a right-handed center for the Quebec Remparts, was picked by the Anaheim Ducks. Then Maveric Lamoureux became the second Quebecer to be selected in the first round as the Arizona Coyotes made the hulking 7-foot-1 defender from the Drummondville Voltigeurs the 29th candidate to be called to the podium.

The remaining six laps of the repechage will take place at the Bell Center on Friday.

The order of the first round

1. Montreal Canadiens

Juraj Slafkowski

2. New Jersey Devil

Simon Nemek

3. Arizona coyotes

Logan Cooley

4. Seattle Octopus

Shane Wright

5. Philadelphia Flyer

Tailor Gauthier

6. Columbus Blue Jackets (from the Chicago Blackhawks)

David Jiricek

7. Chicago Blackhawks (from the Ottawa Senators)

Kevin Korchinsky

8.Detroit Red Wings

Markus Kasper

9. Buffalo Saber

Matthew Savoy

10. Anaheim Ducks

Pavel Mintyukov

11. Sharks of San Jose

Conor Geekie

12. Columbus Blue Jackets

Denton Mateychuk

13. Chicago Blackhawks (from the New York Islanders to the Canadiens)

Frank Nazar

14. Winnipeg Jets

Rutger McGroarty

15. Vancouver Canucks

Jonathan Lekkerimaki

16. Buffalo Saber (Vegas Golden Knights)

Noah Ostlund

17. Nashville predators

Joakim Kernel

18. Dallas Stars

Lian Bichsel

19. Minnesota Wild (by Los Angeles Kings)

Liam Ogren

20. Washington Capitals

Ivan Miroshnichenko

21. Pittsburgh penguins

Owen Pickering

22. Anaheim Ducks (by Boston Bruins)

Nathan Gaucher

23. St Louis Blues

Jimmy Snuggerud

24. Minnesota Wilderness

Daniela Jurow

25. Chicago Blackhawks (from the Toronto Maple Leafs)

Sam Rinzel

26. Montreal Canadiens (by the Calgary Flames)

Philip Mesar

27. San Jose Sharks (from the Coyotes to the Hurricanes and the Canadiens)

Philip Bystedt

28. Buffalo Sabers (from the Florida Panthers)

Jiri Kulich

29. Arizona Coyotes (by Edmonton Oilers)

Maveric Lamoureux

30. Winnipeg Jets (from the New York Rangers)

Brad Lambert

31. Tampa Bay Blitz

isaac howard

32. Arizona Coyotes (from the Colorado Avalanche)

Reid Schaefer

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