2022 NHL Entry Draft: How To Watch, Draft Order & First Round Open Thread

All the Draft First Round information in one place as the Sabres will pick three times on Thursday night

The Buffalo Sabres will not have the first pick in tonight’s 2022 NHL Entry Draft, but going into the Draft General Manager Kevyn Adams will go in with an unprecedented three picks - 9th, 16th and 28th.

Listening to GMKA speak we don’t get the impression that the Sabres will be doing too much wheeling and dealing, and certainly not throwing away lottery tickets in the hope of picking up soon-to-be rental players.

In all Buffalo has 11 total picks in the draft this year, and it’s quite unlikely the Sabres will use every one of those to add a player to the pipeline. Instead we can expect Adams to package up some of those picks to move up a few spots and grab players they really like - will any of those moves happen today, we’ll see!

How to Watch

Round One

Date: Thursday, July 7th 2022
Start time: 7:00 PM EST
TV: ESPN (USA), Sportsnet & TVA Sports (Canada)
Online stream: WatchESPN

Rounds Two to Seven

Date: Friday, July 8th 2022
Start time: 11:00 AM EST
TV: NHL Network (USA), Sportsnet & TVA Sports (Canada)
Online stream: WatchESPN

There’s plenty of reading material to arm yourself ahead of the draft, thanks to Brassmaster’s Big Board, T McGee’s Big Board and T McGee’s Mock Draft, Don52’s Sabres Strengths & Weaknesses, and Don52’s Three Questions for Adams to Answer.

Here are some other related articles - Sabres Draft Pick History, list of all the Sabres picks, and even a mock draft contest.

Draft Order

Round One

1. Montreal Canadiens: Juraj Slafkovsky, L, TPS
2. New Jersey Devils: Simon Nemec, D, NITRA
3. Arizona Coyotes: Logan Cooley, C, USA U-18

TRADE ANNOUNCED: Montreal trades Alexander Romanov and pick #98 to the New York Islanders in exchange for pick #13.

TRADE ANNOUNCED: Montreal trades picks #13 and #66 to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kirby Dach.

4. Seattle Kraken: Shane Wright, C, Kingston
5. Philadelphia Flyers: Cutter Gauthier, L, USA U-18
6. Columbus Blue Jackets (from CHI): David Jiricek, D, PLZEN
7. Chicago Blackhawks (from OTT): Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle
8. Detroit Red Wings: Marco Kasper, C, Rogle
9. Buffalo Sabres: Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg
10. Anaheim Ducks: Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw

TRADE ANNOUNCED: Arizona trades picks #27, #34 and #45 to San Jose for pick #11.

11. Arizona Coyotes (from SJS): Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg
12. Columbus Blue Jackets: Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw
13. Chicago Blackhawks (from NYI): Frank Nazar, C, USA U-18
14. Winnipeg Jets: Rutger Mcgroarty, R, USA U-18
15. Vancouver Canucks: Jonathan Lekkerimaki, R, Djurgarden
16. Buffalo Sabres (from VGK): Noah Ostlund, C, Djurgarden
17. Nashville Predators: Joakim Kebell, R, JYP
18. Dallas Stars: Lian Bichsel, D, Leksand
19. Minnesota Wild (from LA): Liam Ohgren, L, Djurgarden
20. Washington Capitals: Ivan Miroshnichenko, L, Omsk Krylia
21. Pittsburgh Penguins: Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current
22. Anaheim Ducks (from BOS): Nathan Gaucher, C, Quebec
23. St. Louis Blues: Jimmy Snuggerud, R, USA U-18
24. Minnesota Wild: Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk

TRADE ANNOUNCED: The Toronto Maple Leafs trade Petr Mrázek & pick #25 to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for pick #38.

25. Chicago Blackhawks (from TOR): Sam Rinzel, D, HS-Minnesota
26. Montreal Canadiens (from CGY): Filip Mesar, R, Poprad
27. San Jose Sharks (from ARI): Filip Bystedt, C, Linkoping
28. Buffalo Sabres (from FLA): Jiri Kulich, C, Karlovy Vary

TRADE ANNOUNCED: The Edmonton Oilers trade Zack Kassian & pick #29 in this year’s draft, a 3rd-rounder in 2024 and a 2nd-rounder in 2025 to the Arizona Coyotes for pick #32.

29. Arizona Coyotes: Maveric Lamoureux, D, Drummondville
30. Winnipeg Jets (from NYR): Brad Lambert, C, Pelicans
31. Tampa Bay Lightning: Isaac Howard, LW, USA U-18
32. Arizona Coyotes (from COL): Reid Schaefer, LW, Seattle