THE SELECTION TABLE
After the Montreal Canadiens challenged popular belief and picked Slovakian Juraj Slafkovsky with their first pick ever, the New Jersey Devils turned to compatriot Simon Nemec in the first round of the NHL Draft presented at the Bell Center on Thursday.
Nemec, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound southpaw, played with Nitra in the Slovakian first division.
Moments later, the Arizona Coyotes turned to US center Loogan Cooley of the U18 Development Team on the third down.
Cooley will play in the NCAA next year with the University of Minnesota.
He has scored 27 goals and 75 points in 51 games this season. At the U18 World Cup, he helped the US win silver with three goals and seven assists.
Cooley chose before Wright!
It was finally in the fourth row that he put an end to Shane Wright’s seemingly endless cavlaire, who was chosen by the Seattle Kraken in fourth position.
“I’ve just been recruited by an NHL team, a team with a lot of potential and a good fan base. Everyone wants to hear their name on the front row, but I couldn’t be happier to be with the Kraken, “she said in an interview after selecting him.
Enlisted in the Ontario Junior League at the age of 15 after inheriting “outstanding” player status, Wright finished his first season at the top of the Kingston Frontenacs scoring chart with 66 points from 58 games. Already, at the time, he was considered a future class leader.
Forced inactivity the following year due to the cancellation of the OHL season, he amazed by scoring 14 points, including nine goals, in five U18 World Championship games. But he was slow to move forward the following fall, inviting so his critics talking about his case.
Though he finished his draft year with 94 points in 63 games, Wright had to spend the winter multiplying interviews to convince skeptics that he was still the man for the job.
The top-5 of this auction was completed by a second forward from the American development program, the winger Cutter Gauthier.
Imposing at 6 feet 4 inches, Gauthier took second place at his club with a 34-goal production. He mainly played on one line alongside Cooley and Jimmy Snuggerud.
The Columbus Blue Jackets went on to recruit from Plzen the second defender of the year, the Czech David Jiricek.
Soon after, the Chicago Blackhawks approached Seattle Thunderbirds guard Kevin Korchinski on number 7 with the Ottawa Senators chosen in the exchange involving Alex DeBrincat.
Followed in order by the Austrian striker Marco Kasper in 8th place with the Detroit Red Wings, the Winnipeg Ice winger Matthew Savoie with the Buffalo Sabers with the 9th choice, then the Russian defender Pavel Mintyukov, of Spirit of Saginaw , by the Anaheim Ducks in the 10th echelon.
How many Quebecers and QMJHL players will be recruited? According to our hockey expert Stéphane Leroux, three Quebecers could be enrolled in the first round, starting with Nathan Gaucher of Quebec Remparts. The other two are David Goyette of Sudbury Wolves and Tristan Luneau of Gatineau Olympiques. Since the CH will also speak in the 26th and 33rd ranks, it is possible to see one end up in Montreal.
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First round selection order:
1. Montreal Canadians
2. New Jersey Devils
3. Coyote from Arizona
4. Seattle Kraken
5. Philadelphia Flyers
6. Columbus Blue Jackets (obtained from CHI)
7. Chicago Blackhawks (obtained from Senators for DeBrincat)
8. Detroit Red Wings
9. Buffalo sabers
10. Anaheim Ducks
11. Sharks of San Jose
12. Columbus blue jackets
13. New York Islanders
14. Jet Winnipeg
15. Vancouver Canucks
16. Buffalo Sabers (obtained from VGK)
17. Nashville Raiders
18. Dallas stars
19. Minnesota Wild (obtained from LAK)
20. Capitals of Washington
21. Pittsburgh Penguins
22. Anaheim Ducks (obtained from BOS)
23. St. Louis Blues
24. Wild Minnesota
25. Toronto Maple Leaves
26. Montreal Canadiens (obtained from CGY)
27. Arizona Coyote (obtained from AUTO via MTL)
28. Buffalo Sabers (obtained from FLA)
29. Edmonton Oilers
30. Winnipeg Jets (obtained from NYR)
31. Tampa Bay Lightning
32. Arizona Coyote (obtained from COL)