NHL scout does a 2022 'Re-draft' which sees Slafkovsky drop from 1 and Shane Wright drop SIGNIFICANTLY!

Published April 11, 2023 at 1:46 PM

The 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft was a highly anticipated event, but it ultimately became a subject of controversy. The Montreal Canadiens, who held the first overall pick, surprised many when they passed on Shane Wright, the projected top pick and a highly-touted center from the Kingston Frontenacs. Instead, they opted for Juraj Slafkovsky, a towering winger from Slovakia. The decision was met with mixed reactions, as many believed the Canadiens needed a second line center more urgently than a winger.

Unfortunately, Slafkovsky failed to meet the expectations set for him, tallying only four goals and ten points in 39 games. His lackluster performance left many fans and analysts questioning the Canadiens' decision to select him over Wright.

In light of Slafkovsky's struggles, Jason Bukala, a respected writer for Sportsnet, recently conducted a re-draft for the 2022 Entry Draft. In his revised version of the draft, the top ten picks underwent significant changes, reflecting the unpredictable nature of the NHL Entry Draft.

#1 Montreal Canadiens: Logan Cooley (originally went third)

#2 New Jersey Devils: Juraj Slafkovsky (originally went first)

#3: Arizona Coyotes: Simon Nemec (originally went fourth)

#4: Seattle Kraken: DAVID JIRICEK (originally went sixth)

#5: Philadelphia Flyers: CUTTER GAUTHIER (stayed the same)

#6: Columbus Blue Jackets: PAVEL MINTYUKOV (originally 10th)

#7: Chicago Blackhawks: KEVIN KORCHINSKI (stayed the same)

#8: Detroit Red Wings: MARCO KASPER (stayed the same)

#9: Buffalo Sabres: JIMMY SNUGGERUD (originally went 23rd)

#10: Anaheim: JIRI KULICH (originally went 28th)

One noticeable name missing is Shane Wright, who falls out of the top 10. The detail put into each selection is well thought out and definitely worth a read, check out the whole article here:

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NHL scout does a 2022 'Re-draft' which sees Slafkovsky drop from 1 and Shane Wright drop SIGNIFICANTLY!

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