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NHL Entry Draft 2022: Overtime Heroics First Round

Some staff from Overtime Heroics Hockey have teamed up for a first-round mock draft ahead of the 2022 NHL entry draft. Each staff member chose four teams to armchair manage. Check out where staff thinks each first-round prospect lands as well as who your team selects in the first round.

1st Overall: Montreal Canadiens

Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL

After the Montreal Canadiens fought their way to the Stanley Cup final and inevitably fell short the Canadiens have found themselves with a chance to draft a potential franchise-altering player in Shane Wright. Wright was granted the fifth player to receive exceptional status in the OHL, going on to win CHL Rookie of the Year in 2020 along with being named captain of the 2021 U18 IIHF gold medal-winning Canadian team. Wright has played two seasons with the Kingston Frontenacs, totalling 160 points in 121 games, while also being named the Captain for the 2021-22 season. Wright has the potential to be the cornerstone in Montreal for years to come, therefore making him the right choice at number one.

Author: Conner Dempster

#2 New Jersey Devils

 Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS, Liiga

The Athletic’s Corey Pronman thinks the 18-year-old forward prospect being selected first in the NHL draft is more likely than the consensus number one prospect Shane Wright. This tells you a lot about how good Slafkovsky is and he backed it up as a 17-year-old when he led the Olympic tournament with seven goals and was named MVP. The Devils need help in every area but this 6’4", 220-pound winger is a great fit for a lineup and specifically their top six. The Slovak can support two of the Devils" best offensive players, the team’s catalyst Jack Hughes and playmaking wing Jesper Bratt who led New Jersey with 73 points last season.

According to Joe Stanislau of the Heads Up Hockey Podcast, Devils winger Tomas Tatar "really clicked" with Slafkovsky on the Slovakian Olympic team that he captained and during a recent interview, Tatar had this to say about Slafkovsky. "He’s a great kid to be around. He has a big body [and] he’s polite ….he’s still young but he has done everything right at this point."

Author: Tony Paradise

#3 Arizona Coyotes

Logan Cooley, C, University of Minnesota, NCAA

Logan Cooley is a young forward who has already become a bit of a phenom in the hockey world, having won the IIHF U18 WJC Best Forward award and made the U18 WJC All-Star team. The USHL forward managed to put up 111 points in 75 games and ten points in six games during the U18 WJC tournament with the USA. The player would bring the Coyotes some well-needed goal-scoring ability and would likely slot straight into the roster, especially if he can put up stats as he has been throughout his career. Defensively, Cooley has still been strong but would benefit from a dependable defence behind him. He will also need to grow a little more level-headed during his career, as he seemingly racks up minutes in the penalty box. 

Author: Alex Sorichetti

#4 Seattle Kraken

Simon Nemec, D, HK Nitra, Slovakia

Slovakia"s second top prospect of this year’s draft, Simon Nemec, is a player who has been viewed as the most complete defender of this draft. His maturity and ability to make the right play are standouts, and he has the best hockey IQ of the draft. When Nemec plays, even against men in the Slovak Ekstraliga and with the Slovak national team who won Olympic bronze, his vision and skating help him in both ends of the ice. He reads the game well in his own zone to make the right play, is strong in his transition and uses his wonderful passing ability gives him a wonderful two-way game. His only major weakness is his puck control which can be a bit inconsistent at times, but if he can

For Seattle Kraken, this pick would also help them get a face of franchise defence. As an expansion team the Kraken needs players to build around and with last year’s pick, Matt Beniers, being the hope for the forward foundation of the future, Nemec should be the same defensively. With both Berniers and Nemec in the prospect pool, the rise of the Kraken could be on the horizon.

Author: Frederik Helmer Frandsen

5th Overall: Philadelphia Flyers

David Jiricek, RD, HC Plzen, CZE

After a rough season that saw the Philadelphia Flyers trade long-time captain Claude Giroux get dealt the Flyers find themselves sitting in the top five of the NHL draft. With a path clearly built toward a rebuild the Flyers a shot with the first defenceman off the board in Czech blueliner David Jiricek. Jiricek has spent two full seasons in Czech Extraliga where he was named Rookie of the Year for the 2020-21 season. Jiriccek represented the Czech Republic at the 2021 World Junior Championships and will once again be manning the blue at the 2022 tournament. He is also the youngest Czech defenceman to score at the World Hockey Championships.

Author: Conner Dempster

#6 Columbus Blue Jackets

Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg Ice, WHL

Matthew Savoie is one of the most talented players in the 2022 draft class. So why does he fall down to the Columbus Blue Jackets at pick-six? His size. At 5"9, Savoie might have trouble transitioning his game to the NHL level. But his talent, offensive instincts, and hockey IQ are undeniably elite calibre. The Blue Jackets are going to be extremely pleased with what he will bring to their lineup and the crew of high-level forwards they are developing. Depending on how his development goes, the team should be able to swap him over to wing to help him compete better in the NHL.

Author: Sean Laycock

#7: Ottawa Senators

Frank Nazar, C/RW, University of Michigan, NCAA

Frank Nazar might be one of the fastest skaters in terms of top speed in this draft along with his skating that makes him able to be a factor in all parts of the game. While he isn’t a generational talent, he is a dynamic player, who has a great work rate and who is willing to compete for the team. With great vision and creativity, he has all the tools to become a major part of any team"s top 6, as the playmaker that finds his teammates in the right spots on the ice.

The biggest worry is his size, but with the evolution of the modern game, I see Nazar fit in perfectly with a young Ottawa Senators team, who are nearing the end of their rebuild. Nazar might be the final piece of that rebuild and new-look top 6 of the Senators.

Author: Frederik Helmer Frandsen

#8: Detroit Red Wings

Jimmy Snuggerud, RW, USNTDP, USHL

Jimmy Snuggerud is a right-handed shooting forward out of the University of Minnesota. He has a strong toolkit and his shot is the strongest tool in the toolkit. The quintessential Steve Yzerman pick, Snuggerud used his elite shot in 59 games played for the United States National Team Development Program in 2022 Snuggerud scored 24 goals and added 39 assists. Snuggerud looks to be the third member of his family to play in the NHL. His father, Dave, played 265 games in the NHL. Snuggerud’s grandfather, James Westby, was a mainstay for Team USA in the 1950s and 1960s. Hockey is certainly a family affair for the Snuggerud family.

Author: Andrew Walsh

#9 Buffalo Sabres

Ivan Miroshnichenko, LW, Omskie Krylia, VHL

Miroshnichenko was diagnosed with Hodgkin"s lymphoma in March. This makes his status for next season unclear, but the reason the Sabres should select Miroshnichenko is his elite, NHL-ready offensive skills. With a 6’1" frame, great hands and speed, the 18-year-old stood out to a Draft expert, Bob McKenzie who ranks him the sixth-best prospect in the draft. 

[He] already boasts an NHL-calibre shot and plays a solid two-game way game with no discernible shortcomings in his toolbox. He projects as a top two-line pro winger and was outstanding at both the U-18 World Championship in Texas and the Hlinka-Gretzky (U-18) Cup this past summer

This past season, the Buffalo Sabres had two 30-goal scorers led by Tage Thompson (38) and Jeff Skinner (33). However, when it comes to goals scored as a team, the Sabres ranked 23rd out of 32 NHL teams this season, which makes adding offence a priority in the upcoming draft. If Miroshnichenko’s elite offensive skill translates and he plays solid two-way hockey, he will climb the Sabres" depth chart quickly and General Manager, Kevyn Adams will get a ten-year contract extension because Ivan is that talented.

Author: Tony Paradise

#10: Anaheim Ducks

Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw Spirit, OHL

Pavel Mintyukov is a defenseman with a big body who has the ability to move the puck and stick handle. This size can be described as a blessing and a curse as he can become reticent to play the body. The 6’1" Moskva, Russia native was a member of Dynamo Moskva’s under-16 and under-18 teams. During this time, he never really got the chance to get playing time. The low production value was not a good sign for Mintyukov’s development. However, this changed after the 2020-21 OHL season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 67 regular-season games with the Saginaw Spirit, Mintyukov scored 17 goals and 45 assists for a total of 62 points.

Author: Andrew Walsh

#11: San Jose Sharks

Jonathan Lekkerimaki, RW, Djurgårdens IF, SHL

Over the last few years, the Swedish team Djurgården IF has become of the greatest prospect factories and once again, the 2022 NHL draft is expected to contain multiple top prospects from their system. One of them is Jonathan Lekkerimaki, who might be the best pure sniper of the class. Lekkerimaki has an amazing shot and ability to create offensive chances with his creative vision and skating off the puck, which allows him to get into high-scoring areas. He started the season in the J20 Nationell, on a line with two other major prospects we will get back to later, where he scored 20 goals in 26 games before getting the call up to the SHL. Here his numbers did drop due to limited ice time and the harsher physicality of a pros league, but he still managed to produce seven goals in the top flight of Swedish hockey.

As mentioned earlier he did struggle to get used to the physicality and that is a concern to his game. The same goes for the defensive awareness of his game but the offensive firepower is more than enough to outweigh the defensive worries. The pick from San Jose would also reunite Lekkerimaki with William Eklund, who the Sharks to seventh overall in last year"s draft.

Author: Frederik Helmer Frandsen

#12 Columbus Blue Jackets

Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

For the Blue Jackets, this pick might be a bit of a reach. But I see it as ideal to use one of their higher picks on a defender, so Denton Mateychuk gets the call at number 12. He is a defender that is used to logging a ton of minutes so he is leaned on and trusted as a reliable defender for the Warriors. Although he is seen as more of an offensive defender at this point, something the Blue Jackets already have in the organization, certain parts of the defensive side of the game can be taught to someone who shows they have the hockey IQ to take it in and the work ethic to put in the effort, both of which he seems to possess.

Author: Sean Laycock

#13 New York Islanders

Joakim Kemell, RW, JYP, Liiga

At only 5’10", Joakim Kemell is a small winger. To make up for this lack of size, Kemell uses creative playmaking and the second-ranked skating aspects of the game (based on NHL Central Scouting rankings). Kemell is the third-ranked prospect in the 2022 NHL entry draft according to Craig Button of TSN. One area of his game seems to be his skating, which can be described as choppy. Kemell led all rookies in Finland’s top pro league, Liiga, with 15 goals in 39 games played. He totalled 23 points on 16:13 of ice time per game. This offensive output was in no small part due to his ability to make plays. Kemell also has a shot that is hard and accurate. He is under contract with JYP to remain in Liiga for the 2022-23 season.

Author: Andrew Walsh

#14 Winnipeg Jets

Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg Ice, WHL 

As a  6’4", 200-pound center, Western Hockey League (WHL) prospect, Conor Geekie is a unicorn as former championship-winning NBA head coach Phil Jackson once said. However, there are plenty of big centers who have succeeded in this league like the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nick Paul (6’3, 225). Paul was Jon Cooper’s second-line center throughout the season and playoffs, helping the team compensate for the loss of Brayden Point and reach the Cup finals. 

Geekie has spent the last two seasons in the WHL where he has been a point-per-game player (93 in 87 games). He has scored 31 goals because he has a strong wrist shot that is even lethal from the tops of the circles. Overall, the fact that he has great size, which makes him hard to knock off the puck like Nick Paul is, means he can be a real advantage and necessary when Winnipeg faces division rivals like Dallas who have a really big and talented defence. Some question Geekie’s skating but as long as he works hard on staying in shape, he should actually get faster once he starts working with training and conditioning staff on NHL teams. Overall, I see a lot of upside to Geekie despite where some have projected him to go in this draft.

Author: Tony Paradise

15th Overall: Vancouver Canucks

Cutter Gauthier, LW, USNDTP Juniors, USHL

The Vancouver Canucks are in an interesting place, with a new front office and coaching staff from this point last season they look like they could contend for the Stanley Cup but also look like they could contend for Connor Bedard. With many question marks around the team Left-Wing prospect Cutter Gauthier would undoubtedly be able to help them in the future. Although Gauthier will not make the jump to the NHL right away as he has committed to play at Boston College for the 2022-23 season, he has the potential to turn into a solid two-way power forward much like current Canucks forward J.T. Miller, whose future in Vancouver is up in the air.

Author: Conner Dempster

#16 Buffalo Sabres

Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current Broncos, WHL

Everything about this tall defensemen from the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos screams NHL-ready. He’s got above-average height at 6’5" even if he is light at 179 pounds, but that will go up. Pickering makes smart reads on pinches and passes in the offensive zone and his lightness allows him to be very mobile and reach more pucks. Pickering’s highlight reel shows him being involved in his team’s offence; he finds open teammates with cross-ice passes, moves efficiently and can even score.

 This makes him an interesting player and while the Sabres already have a 6’5 defenseman in Rasmus Dahlin, why not add a second to a defence that surrendered the eighth-most goals-against per game in the league this season? I believe Pickering can find his place in the NHL rather quickly which makes him a good addition to a struggling Sabres blueline.

Author: Tony Paradise

#17 Nashville Predators

Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk, KHL

Danila Yurov’s development in the KHL may not be impressive on paper, as in his limited minutes he had zero points in 40 games. But we’re looking at the way he plays that shows why he is a valuable player to draft.

Yurov’s speed and ability to drive the play will turn him into an offensive threat as he transitions to the NHL. He knows to drive to the net to create chances in the slot and that is the focus of his game. Get the puck down low and put it on the net. It’s simple and effective, and there are plenty of teams around the NHL that need this type of player and playmaking style in their lineup.

Luckily for the Nashville Predators, who could use some more offensively minded players, Yurov might be available. Though he has some weaknesses to work out in his defensive game, this is an organization that should be able to help with that.

Author: Sean Laycock

#18 Dallas Stars

Rutger McGroarty, C, University of Michigan, NCAA

Rutger McGroarty has proven himself as a solid leader of men, having captained the silver medal-winning U18 WJC team USA this past year. He manages to put up a fair share of points, with a combined 104 points in 79 games with the USNTDP Juniors and the U.S. National U18 Team in the USHL and USDP respectively. He is slick in the offensive zone, with solid puck handling, great shooting abilities, and is a strong playmaker. Overall teams would be lucky to have this player on their team, but the drawback that sees him drop to the #18 spot is his penalty minutes. McGroarty spends a fair bit of time in the penalty box, spending a bit over a minute per game in the box, so while he doesn’t take a penalty every game, he takes far more than is necessary for a player of his calibre. 

The Stars are certainly in need of a player on this level, as they have a fair few aging players on their roster, especially in terms of players who are able to play a more gritty style of hockey. The perk of selecting this player now would be that these veteran presences would be able to mentor him into a better position to enter the NHL in a couple of seasons when the player is more ready to start his NHL career.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

#19 Los Angeles Kings

Marco Kasper, C, Rogle BK, SHL

The Los Angeles Kings have already created one of the most stacked prospect pools I have ever seen, and adding Marco Kasper to it adds another important dimension. He is regarded as one of the best all-around players in this draft class. Already adept with and without the puck, his skillset is something a developing team will need moving forward. 

With the opportunity to play and learn alongside two of the best two-way forwards in the league, Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault, Kasper is about to enter a situation that will provide him with all the tools he needs to become a high-level NHL player.

Author: Sean Laycock

#20 Washington Capitals

Brad Lambert, C/LW, Pelicans, Liiga

Here is a wily, slightly undersized forward with a nose for the net who likes to come in quick, pick up the puck and make a pass or shot. Lambert is not a power forward but in his highlight reel, he does take a hit to make a pass that winds up in the net. His speed and creativity make him an interesting player and a good fit for an aging Capitals team that could use a speedy offensive player to gain possession for slow veteran Nicklas Backstrom. Elite prospects says that Lambert is, "Dynamic with great speed. Very good offensive instincts." When he plays he does have a motor like Carl Hagelin has that he uses to hound defenders and beat them to the puck. While some doubt Lambert’s size or call him a boom or bust, I am here to say that is nonsense at this point. Lambert is a great skater who can make plays and finish them and being able to play center and wing should only boost his stock.

Author: Tony Paradise

21st Overall: Pittsburgh Penguins

Liam Ohgren, LW, Djurgårdens IF J20, SWE

Pittsburgh is still a playoff contender, for the time being. Unfourtantly they are at risk of teetering into a rebuild. Sweedish winger Liam Ohgren is a great piece to start the said rebuild. Ohgren is a six-foot-one left-winger filled with energy. His strong shooting and skating mixed with physicality and hockey IQ make him a great future piece for the aging Penguins.

Author: Conner Dempster

#22 Anaheim Ducks

Noah Östlund, C, Djurgårdens IF, SHL

Noah Östlund is a center who is always on the move. The 5’11" forward from Nykvarn, Sweden is always reading the play and looking for opportunities to disrupt the play off the puck. A high hockey IQ allows Östlund to find the "quiet" spaces on the ice. This IQ shows up on the offensive and defensive sides of the rink. Östlund most recently played for Djurgården IF of the HockeyAllsvensken, where he put up 9 goals and 33 points for 42 points in 32 games played. He played on the same line as two other 2022 NHL draft prospects, Jonathan Lekkerimäki and Liam Öhgren. Östlund was the driver of this line at the J20 Nationell.

Author: Andrew Walsh

#23 St. Louis Blues

Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Kevin Korchinski has been a solid defenseman this past season in the WHL, seemingly transforming his game between seasons. This past season, Korchinski managed a 36 +/- rating, as well as 65 points, compared to the season before where he only managed ten points and a negative eight +/-. While that was during a shortened season, with only 23 games played, it still represents a dramatic swing in performance that sees this player deserving of a shot at the NHL.  The player has fairly good size and uses it to lay big hits, although, much like many of the other players in this draft year, needs to grow a bit more discipline and learn how to stay out of the penalty box, although to a far lesser extent than some players who were selected earlier in the draft. This player will certainly be a solid asset and can help to contribute to a complete defence.

The Blues would be an ideal destination for Korchinski as it would see him able to start being mentored by strong defensive talents such as Torey Krug, Colton Parayko, and Justin Faulk, who would all help to fine-tune and shape this young talent into the next generation of Blues top six defensemen.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

#24 Minnesota Wild

Isaac Howard, LW, University of Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA

Minnesota has been one of the best teams over the past few years when it comes to drafting and under the guidance of Judd Brackett, the Wild will be looking to repeat this feat. Should Isaac Howard be available, I believe the wild would be more than happy with how the draft went, because he is a tailor-made player for the team. He is a wonderful point-producing forward for the US national development team, with a great wrist shot and release. Like Lekkerimaki he has an instinct for the goal, while also being a smart playmaker with great skating to set up his teammates. He does, however, make a few too many mistakes in the passing which leads to turnovers, but with time and good development, he could easily become a part of the Wild"s top 6 within the next 3 years.

Author: Frederik Helmer Frandsen

#25 Toronto Maple Leafs

Jagger Firkus, F, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Jagger Firkus has been a solid and dynamic forward with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL this past season. The player is able to move between playing in the center or on the wing effectively while using his slim build to weave between players and pot shots onto the net. Because of his quick movement and ability to fit between tight spaces, he was able to create 80 points. The drawback to this player is that he is extremely light, as well as being below average height for an NHL player. However, these work to his advantage as he has transformed his play style to reflect this, playing in a more agile fashion and setting himself up for breakaway opportunities. 

While the Leafs have a lot of forward prospects, it also ensures that the player would have the right level of competition to drive development, as well as allowing the team to have options, as well as trade fuel should the team decide to take to the market to bolster their roster in any way.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

26th Overall: Montreal Canadiens

Nathan Gaucher, C, Québec Remparts, QMJHL

With the Canadiens already adding centre Shane Wright, adding a prospect who won"t be ready out the gate is a good option. Nathan Gaucher of the Québec Remparts is a safe pick at 26. The six-foot-three centre is currently playing for Canadiens legend Patrick Roy, where Roy uses the big forward in every situation showing the trust he has in Gaucher. In three seasons with the Remparts Gaucher has played 155 games totalling 112 points, while adding 13 points in 18 playoff games.

Author: Conner Dempster

#27 Arizona Coyotes

Tristan Luneau, D, Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL

Tristan Luneau is a big-bodied defenseman who has managed an impressive season in the QMJHL. Luneau fills the role of a two-way defenseman effectively, although would benefit from a strong defensive partner, he has managed his own strong feats. The player has managed to pick up the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award, as well as the Raymond Legace Trophy and made the QMJHL All-Rookie Team. To develop into a more all-around player, Luneau should look to work on his playmaking choices, as he will benefit from breakout training in terms of chance creation from his own defensive zone.

The Coyotes could be an ideal destination for Luneau, as the defensive influence of Jakub Chychurn and Shane Gostisbehere could shape him into a defenseman that could help to fix the Coyotes’ performance woes. 

Author: Alex Sorichetti

28 Buffalo Sabres

David Goyette, C, Sudbury Wolves, OHL

This balanced center led the Sudbury Wolves of Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in scoring last year. In 66 games had 33 goals and 40 assists, which is impressive no matter how you slice it. The one drawback about Goyette is his 5’10"-frame and 172-pound body but again, teenagers will get bigger over time after reaching the NHL.

One thing you notice is how in control Goyette is that he always maintains balance with a great knee bend. The Locked on Sens podcast described Goyette as a skilled player who completely looks the part save for "the tinted visor." In terms of how Goyette fits on Buffalo, the Sabres had some of the worst depth at the center position last season. Casey Mittlestadt scored just 19 points as the second-line center and for this reason alone the Sabres would benefit from adding a balanced center late in the first round.

Author: Tony Paradise

#29 Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Chesley, RD, USNTDP Junior, USHL

As I wrote about in my Edmonton Oilers draft targets article a while back, Ryan Chesley should be on their radar. It never hurts to have high-profile right defenders in the organization as they can be a valuable commodity. Especially when they have the skillset and talent that this prospect does.

Chesley has an impressive amount of defensive awareness for a player yet to be drafted. His instincts have him in the right position and maintaining effective gaps on his opponents so he can successfully negate chances and pressure.

The Oilers don’t necessarily need him to be an offensive threat as they already have Evan Bouchard on right-defence to do that. But nevertheless, Chesley does have a decent shot and offensive talents that can come through at times.

Author: Sean Laycock

#30 Winnipeg Jets

Jiri Kulich, C, HC Energie Karlovy Vary, Czechia

From the Czech Republic, who gave us Jaromir Jagr comes Jiri Kulich. At 6’0 and 181 pounds, the young center has good size, not great but it’s his hockey sense and leadership that makes him stand out. One does not captain their national team unless they are responsible and he was for the Czech’s U-18 team at the World Junior Championships last year. Kulich tallied 11 points (nine goals) and was named the tournament’s MVP.

In terms of whether he is ready for the NHL, the question is does Kulich have enough skill to produce offensively as an NHL center? That is a hard question to answer but being a player who goes in the corners, who is reliable in his own end and can score some points is the kind of well-rounded game that teams need from second and third-line centers. Kulich may not be Mika Zibanejad but he can become an Andrew Copp and that would be a great player for the Winnipeg Jets to add.

Author: Tony Paradise

#31 Tampa Bay Lightning

Owen Beck, C, Mississauga Steelheads, OHL

Coming off of a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning have a loaded roster. Owen Beck could one day use his intelligence and high-end offensive skill set to one day be a second-line center. He scored 21 goals and added 30 assists in 68 games played most recently for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. Beck can play at both ends of the ice. Beck is yet another prospect that was hurt by his 2021 season in the OHL cut short. This could hinder his development given the fact that he could not spend time with coaches. The fact that he had such a productive season with the Steelheads is a positive sign. He also put up a goal and 5 assists in 10 playoff games.

Author: Andrew Walsh

#32 Arizona Coyotes

Filip Bystedt, C, Linkoping HC, SHL

This young Swedish forward has managed to win a lot of accolades playing in a league against adults, which has given him an impressive wrap sheet, and made him a desirable prospect as he has already shown that he can manage himself in a league with experienced and developed players. This player has won a U18 WJC Gold Medal, Hlinka Gretzky Cup Bronze Medal, and a J20 SM Gold Medal in a playoff tournament where he had the most assists. Bystedt is also a rather large center at 6’4" and 205lbs which should allow him to power through opposing teams’ defensemen. Overall he would be a solid potential player for the Coyotes and could help them to put up more points, and keep some out of the net with his two-way playing abilities. 

Author: Alex Sorichetti

Tune into the first round of the NHL Entry Draft 2022 on July 7th at 7 pm EST and see if our picks line up with the results of the first round. Did we miss someone that you think should be selected in the first round? Leave a comment letting us know and keep reading here on Overtime Heroics Hockey for more news and articles.

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