The Blackhawks Didn't Win the NHL Draft Lottery, Their Pick is Headed to Columbus

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The Blackhawks Didn’t Win the NHL Draft Lottery, Their Pick is Headed to Columbus

Chicago Blackhawks

The NHL Draft Lottery took place on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks did not move up from sixth overall, so the pick moves to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The New Jersey Devils moved up into the top-two slots.

Here’s the official order of the top 16 overall selections in the 2022 NHL Draft.

16. Buffalo Sabres (from Vegas)
15. Vancouver Canucks
14. Winnipeg Jets
13. New York Islanders
12. Columbus Blue Jackets
11. San Jose Sharks
10. Anaheim Ducks
9. Buffalo Sabres
8. Detroit Red Wings
7. Ottawa Senators
6. Columbus Blue Jackets (from the Blackhawks)
5. Philadelphia Flyers
4. Seattle Kraken
3. Arizona Coyotes
2. New Jersey Devils*
1. Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens are hosting the 2022 NHL Draft, so they should be pumped to have the top pick in their own building.

As a reminder, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Blackhawks. The 2023 NHL Draft class is being hyped as one of the best in years and the Blackhawks should have two picks in the first round next year. They acquired Tampa’s first-round pick next year in the Brandon Hagel trade (it’s top-ten protected).

“Now we know where we stand as we prepare for the upcoming draft,” Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson said. “We won’t have our own first-round pick, but with eight other picks—including five in the first three rounds — I have faith in our amateur scouting department’s ability to make the most out of our selections this summer.”

Chicago’s first pick in the 2022 NHL Draft is, as of now, their own in the second round. They might have a first rounder if the Minnesota Wild get to the Western Conference Final and Marc-André Fleury wins four games in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets will each have two of the top 16 overall selections via trade. Buffalo receives Vegas’ pick (No. 16) and their own is No. 9 overall.