“Very exciting outcome for us” – Montreal Canadiens win No. 1 pick in 2022 NHL Draft in lottery

The Montreal Canadiens will have the No. 1 pick in the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft while the New Jersey Devils won the No. 2 pick, and the Arizona Coyotes have the No. 3 pick.

Montreal Canadiens win 2022 NHL Draft lottery
Montreal Canadiens win 2022 NHL Draft lottery

The Montreal Canadiens secured the first overall pick in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft lottery on Tuesday. After this, they became the first team since 1985 to host the draft and own the top pick.

It marks the first time in 42 years that the Canadiens, who made the Stanley Cup Final last season, will select first overall, having last selected forward Doug Wickenheiser with the top pick in 1980.

“Obviously a very exciting outcome for us and our fans, (who) I’m sure will be thrilled, especially with the draft being held in Montreal to have that kind of anticipation and excitement leading into it,” Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said, as quoted by NHL.com. “So, we’re excited. I think it’s a great opportunity for our organization to start taking strides towards returning to the playoffs.”

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The NHL draft, which is scheduled for July 7-8, will have two lottery drawings, one for the No. 1 pick and one for the No. 2 pick. Once the top two picks have been established, clubs will be slotted in the order of their finish in the regular-season standings.

2022 NHL Draft Order

2022 NHL Draft Lottery
2022 NHL Draft Lottery

Now, let’s have a look at how the draft lottery played out, including each team’s odds to secure the first overall pick before the draft:

  1. Montreal Canadiens (18.5%)
  2. New Jersey Devils (8.5%)
  3. Arizona Coyotes (13.5%)
  4. Seattle Kraken (11.5%)
  5. Philadelphia Flyers (9.5%)
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (7.5%, transferred from Chicago Blackhawks)
  7. Ottawa Senators (6.5%)
  8. Detroit Red Wings (6.0%)
  9. Buffalo Sabres (5.0%)
  10. Anaheim Ducks (3.5%)
  11. San Jose Sharks (3.0%)
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets (2.5%)
  13. New York Islanders (2.0%)
  14. Winnipeg Jets (1.5%)
  15. Vancouver Canucks (0.5%)
  16. Buffalo Sabres (0.5%, transferred from the Vegas Golden Knights).

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