2022 NHL Draft Lottery: Canadiens win No. 1 pick for sixth time in franchise history

2022 NHL Draft Lottery: Canadiens win No. 1 pick for sixth time in franchise history

Published May 11, 2022
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The Montreal Canadiens have officially won the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Tuesday’s 2022 NHL Draft Lottery saw Montreal win its sixth top pick in franchise history, while the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes will pick second and third, respectively. 

Montreal is set to host the 2022 draft, putting the squad in extremely rare company. The last time a host team made the top pick was in 1985, when the Toronto Maple Leafs selected defenseman Wendel Clark.

Montreal last picked No. 1 in 1980, when it selected forward Doug Wickenheiser.

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This is the second consecutive lottery in which the team with the best odds won the top pick. The Buffalo Sabres won last year and used their No. 1 pick on Michigan defenseman Owen Power. Power, 19, proceeded to appear in eight games and score three points (two goals, one assist) for the Sabres in 2021-22. 

While Montreal will pick No. 1, New Jersey is arguably the night’s biggest winner. The Devils came into the lottery with the fifth-best odds, but they leapfrogged the Philadelphia Flyers, Seattle Kraken and Coyotes for the No. 2 selection. New Jersey’s last top-two selection came in 2019, when it selected center Jack Hughes No. 1 overall. 

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Here’s a look at the entire lottery order: 

To relive all the excitement of the 2022 NHL Draft lottery, follow below. 

The Montreal Canadiens have won the lottery and will pick No. 1. New Jersey will pick second. 

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