Draft 2022: The needs of Pacific teams

Draft 2022: The needs of Pacific teams

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The 2022 NHL Upper Deck Draft will be held July 7-8 at the Bell Center in Montreal. Round 1 will take place July 7 (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN, ESPN, ESPN+), while rounds 2-7 will be held July 8 (11 a.m. ET; TVAS, SN, ESPN+, NHLN). As the session approaches, NHL.com is setting the stage with top prospect profiles and other articles. Today, an overview of the needs of the teams of the Pacific section.

The 2022 NHL Upper Deck Draft will provide teams with an opportunity to replenish their prospect pools and fill needs at certain positions by adding talented young players.

2022 DRAFT: Needs in the Atlantic | Needs in the Metropolitan | Needs in the Plant

Here’s a rundown of what Pacific Section rosters might decide to do in the draft (in alphabetical order):

DUCKS OF ANAHEIM

Priority : A defender

First choice : 10th

The situation : Jamie Drysdale is on his way to becoming the NHL’s number one defenseman, and Olen Zellweger, the Ducks’ second-round pick (34th overall) in the 2021 draft, has been named the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) top defenseman. this season. But with the exchange of Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim needs more depth on the blue line and there should be several talented defensemen available at this rank. The Ducks could also decide to add more talent to the wing, an avenue they could take with the 22nd overall pick, acquired from the Boston Bruins in the Lindholm trade.

Video: [email protected]: Drysdale tricks Oettinger’s vigilance

Options : Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL); Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL); Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk (KHL)

FLAMES OF CALGARY

Priority : A defender

First choice : 59th

The situation : The Flames will speak for the first time in the second round, as they traded their first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for the services of Tyler Toffoli. Calgary has picked a forward with their first pick in 2021 (Matt Coronato, 13th), 2020 (Connor Zary, 24th) and 2019 (Jakob Pelletier, 26th). Adding some defensive talent might be the best option.

Options : Michael Fisher, D, St. Mark’s School (Massachusetts); David Spacek, D, Sherbrooke (QMJHL); Matyas Sapovaliv, C, Saginaw (OHL)

EDMONTON OILERS

Priority : A defender

First choice : 29th

The situation : Evan Bouchard became a full-time NHL player this season at age 23, and the 20-year-old Philip Broberg could play a bigger role after making his debut this season. But there’s little depth behind them, while the Oilers’ best defensive prospects are probably Dmitry Samorukov (2017, 84th) and Luca Munzenberger (2021, 90th). Another option could be to get your hands on a talented winger who could possibly play alongside Connor McDavid and of Leon Draisaitl.

Options : Seamus Casey, D, NTDP; Jagger Firkus, RA, Moose Jaw (WHL); Sam Rinzel, D, Chaska (Minnesota)

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Priority : A Winged Game Maker

First choice : 51st

The situation : The Kings will speak for the first time in the second round, after trading first-round pick and defense prospect Brock Faber to the Minnesota Wild for forward Kevin Fiala. Los Angeles averaged 2.87 goals per game, the second-lowest average among teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the only wingers to score more than 18 goals are Adrian Kempe (35) and Viktor Arvidson (20). Adding Fiala will help the team for the present, but adding young options for the future could be a priority for the Kings. The latter have rebuilt their team from the center during the last editions of the repechage with Quinton Byfield (2020, 2nd), Alex Turcotte (2019, 5th) and Rasmus Kupari (2018, 20th). Los Angeles is also betting on good defensive hopes with Brandt Clarke (2021, 8th) and Tobias Bjornfot (2019, 22nd). Finding talent and players who will contribute in attack is certainly a possibility. Otherwise, the Kings might want to add an offensive-minded defenseman.

Video: [email protected]: Byfield resists Oilers and cuts the gap

Options : Alexander Perevalov, AG, Yaroslavl 2 (RUS-JR); Dylan James, LW, Sioux City (USHL); Christian Kyrou, D, Erie (OHL)

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Priority : A defender

First choice : 11th

The situation : Three of the Sharks’ top-6 defensemen are 32 or older: Brent Burns (37), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (35) and Erik Karlsson (32). mario ferraro, 23, cemented his place in the top-4 as the season progressed, but the Sharks need to add prospects to that position. San Jose used high picks to get their hands on forwards William Eklund (2021, 7th), Ozzy Wiesblatt (2020, 31st) and Thomas Bordeleau (2020, 38th) over the past two years. It’s a good time to find a top defender.

Options : Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw (OHL); Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL); Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

SEATTLE KRAKEN

Priority : The best player available

First choice : 4th

The situation : The Kraken have started to assemble their pool of prospects with seven picks in the 2021 draft and they are already reaping the rewards with the arrival of the center player Matty Beniers, the second overall pick, who has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 games this season. Seattle has 12 picks, including four in the second round, this year. Since Beniers is expected to be a key player on offense, the Kraken might want to get their hands on a similarly impactful player on defense. But since the Kraken is still in the building stage, drafting the best player available, regardless of position, is the best option.

Video: [email protected]: Beniers gets the better of Fleury in AN

Options : Simon Nemec, D, Nitra (SLO); David Jiricek, D, Plzen (CH REP.); Logan Cooley, C, NTDP

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Priority : A defender

First choice : 15th

The situation : At the time of this writing, quinn hughes (22 years old) and Travis Dermott (25) are the only defenders under the age of 26 who will be in the line-up at the start of next season, while Jack Rathbone (23) will have to contend for a position. Aside from Hughes, a 2018 first-round pick, the only other defenseman the Canucks have drafted in the first two rounds since 2016 is Jett Woo (2018, 37th). Adding a top prospect to this position seems crucial, especially with Oliver Ekman-Larsson (30 years old) and Tyler Myers (32), two of the Canucks’ leaders in ice time, who will soon be on the downswing.

Options : Ryan Chesley, D, NTDP; Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle (WHL); Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current (WHL)

GOLDEN KNIGHTS OF VEGAS

Priority : An attacker

First choice : 48th

The situation : The Golden Knights will make their first selection in the second round, as they traded their first-round pick to the Buffalo Sabers for center Jack Eichel. Vegas has axed its pool of top prospects over the past few years to get forwards Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Eichel, so the Golden Knights will obviously want to bail out the coffers. Selecting a goalie could also be an option.

Options : Danil Zhilkin, C, Guelph (OHL); Adam Ingram, C, Youngstown (USHL); Alexander Perevalov, LW, Yaroslavl 2 (RUS-JR)


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