The Canadiens choose Juraj Slafkovsky first overall in the NHL Draft


The Habs preferred Slafkovsky to Canadian Shane Wright, who has long been considered the best candidate in the draft, and American Logan Cooley. The two had been named earlier this week by Canadiens’ general manager Kent Hughes as part of a select trio of players, along with Slafkovsky, who could be chosen by the club in the first division.

The Canadiens were also active on the commercial market in a three-team exchange. He first sent defender Alexander Romanov and 98th draft pick to the New York Islanders versus 13th draft pick. He then sent the 13th pick and 66th draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks to secure the services of 21-year-old center Kirby Dach, 3rd pick in the 2019 draft.

Then, with its second first round selection, CH chose another Slovak player, right forward Filip Mesar, in 26th place.

I think I haven’t heard my name. I just heard Slovakia and then I never listened to it again. I was shaking, I was shivering. It was an incredible time for me.

A quote from Juraj Slafkovsky, first choice in the 2022 draft

It is an incredible time 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 expect it.

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

The 18-year-old Slovak left winger was not very successful in the 2021-2022 season in terms of points in the Finnish league (SM-liiga), as he only scored 5 goals and 5 assists in 31 games with TPS Turku.

They shake hands in blue suits in the stands of the Bell Center.

Juraj Slafkovsky receives congratulations from Shane Wright.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

However, he distinguished himself at the Beijing Olympics by finding the bottom of the net seven times in as many games with the Slovak uniform. He and his teammates also won the bronze medal in this event and won the tournament player award.

The 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) player also represented his country at the World Championships and World Junior Championships. He has scored nine points in eight games.

The 18-year-old told the media that the rank he was drafted into didn’t matter as much as being described as the best player in his cohort when he retired.

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

He has a very dynamic personality. He is very charismatic. We asked him about his favorite moments in hockey. He said what happens when you lose by a goal or win by a goal, when the game is tenseHe said.

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

Juraj Slafkovsky was confronted with the coldness of some fans when he arrived at the Bell Center, who obviously had their favorite in Shane Wright and who booed the Slovak as he greeted the fans. But he is not worried about this reception that 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 Wolf Slafkovsky and Wright’s Eagle

Alexandre Gascon met potential Slovakian Juraj Slafkovsky on the sidelines of the prospective NHL client’s pitch in Buffalo in June. Maintenance.

The Shane Wright slide

The New Jersey Devils again surprised the draft experts with the second selection of the 2022 auction. They set their sights on another Slovakian player, defender Simon Nemec.

For Slovak hockey, being the top two is greatNemec told Sportsnet.

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

In total, the 1.79m (5ft 10in) center scored 40 goals and amassed 71 assists in 75 games. He was drafted by the University of Minnesota for the 2022-23 season.

In the end it was Seattle Kraken who put an end to Shane Wright’s ordeal by calling his name in 4th place.

A young man is wearing the Kraken sweater.

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

Photo: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett

At 15, in 2018, the Burlington athlete had achieved exceptional player status to play in the Ontario League.

The 1.83m (6ft) Canadian center scored 32 goals and 62 assists last season for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Kingston Frontenacs. In 2021, he helped Canada win gold at the U18 World Championships by scoring 9 goals (a Maple Leaf record in this tournament) and 5 assists.

It was only in 22nd place that a first representative of the QMJHL and a first Quebecer, Nathan Gaucher, was selected. Gaucher, a right-handed center from Quebec Remparts, was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks. Hence, Maveric Lamoureux was the second Quebecer selected in the first round when the Arizona Coyotes made the giant-sized (2.01m) defender of the Drummondville Voltigeurs the 29th prospect to be named on the podium.

The remaining six rounds of the repechage will take place on Friday, also at the Bell Center.

The order of the first round

1. Montreal Canadians

Juraj Slafkovsky

2. New Jersey Devils

Simone Nemec

3. Coyote from Arizona

Logan Cooley

4. Seattle Kraken

Shane Wright

5. Philadelphia Flyers

Cutter Gauthier

6. Columbus Blue Jackets (from the Chicago Blackhawks)

David Jiricek

7. Chicago Blackhawks (by Ottawa Senators)

Kevin Korchinsky

8. Detroit Red Wings

Marco Casper

9. Buffalo sabers

Matteo Savoia

10. Anaheim Ducks

Pavel Mintyukov

11. Sharks of San Jose

Conor Geekie

12. Columbus blue jackets

Denton Mateychuk

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

Franco Nazar

14. Jet Winnipeg

Rutger McGroarty

15. Vancouver Canucks

Jonathan Lekkerimaki

16. Buffalo Sabers (Vegas Golden Knights)

Noah Ostlund

17. Nashville Raiders

Joakim Kemell

18. Dallas stars

Lian Bichsel

19. Minnesota Wild (from Los Angeles Kings)

Liam Ohgren

20. Capitals of Washington

Ivan Miroshnichenko

21. Pittsburgh Penguins

Owen Pickering

22. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston Bruins)

Nathan Gaucher

23. St. Louis Blues

Jimmy Snuggerud

24. Wild Minnesota

Daniela Yurov

25. Chicago Blackhawks (from the Toronto Maple Leafs)

Sam Rizel

26. Montreal Canadians (from the Calgary Flames)

Philip Mesar

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

Filip Bystedt

28. Buffalo Sabers (from the Florida Panthers)

Jiri Kulich

29. Arizona Coyote (from Edmonton Oilers)

Maveric Lamoureux

30. Jet Winnipeg (from the New York Rangers)

Brad Lambert

31. Tampa Bay Lightning

isaac howard

32. Arizona Coyote (from the Colorado Avalanche)

Reid Schäfer

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