Montreal Canadiens announce new details regarding the NHL draft

Published May 26, 2022 at 5:20 PM

The famous 2022 NHL Draft, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, is already 5 weeks away (it's approaching fast) and next Monday will be a crucial step towards this major event.

As announced by the Habs organization via its official website, next Monday, the top 96 prospects of the 2022 draft will all go to Buffalo for the important annual "Combine".

One-on-one meetings with executives (including Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton), physical tests, medical exams, official interviews, etc. These are results that could be critical to what happens next and to NHL team draft selections.

Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky and Logan Cooley will be in the mix. (and many others) You can guess that next Monday will have a major impact on the CH's decisions (and the following days as well), especially for the long awaited first overall pick.

Here is the official statement from the Habs on the subject:

MONTREAL -- Prospects headed to the NHL Draft begin that final step on Monday.

The NHL Draft will be held at Buffalo's KeyBank Center and HarborCenter from May 30 to June 4 after being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to, 96 prospects (63 forwards, 30 defensemen and three goaltenders) have been invited to participate in the event, which allows teams to gather valuable information on players' physical and medical evaluations and conduct one-on-one interviews.

Top prospects Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky and Logan Cooley are among the invited players.

Writer Mike G. Morreale explained that seven of the 11 fitness tests will take place at the HarborCenter on the final day of the evaluation session, including standing height measurement, arm span, long jump, bench press, agility test, pull-ups and Wingate Anaerobic Test.

The Canadiens currently have 14 NHL Draft picks, including the first overall pick.

The event will take place July 7-8 at the Bell Centre.

It's going to be great!

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Montreal Canadiens announce new details regarding the NHL draft

Who gets picked 1st?

Slafkovsky5512.5 %
Cooley378.4 %
Wright34779 %
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