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- Simon Nemec - 3rd Overall Pick (+500)
2022 NHL Draft - Arizona Coyotes First-Round Pick
Best Bet: Simon Nemec - 3rd Overall Pick (+500)
The Arizona Coyotes select third overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. While the Montreal Canadiens are fully expected to select C Shane Wright from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) first overall, and the New Jersey Devils are likely to take LW Juraj Slafkovsky of TPS in the Finnish Elite League, there is a varied opinion on which direction the Arizona Coyotes will go with the third pick overall.
The Coyotes have a lot of needs. The team's top rearguard, D Jakob Chychrun, could potentially be on the move. General manager Bill Armstrong is on record saying previously that Chychrun could be on the move in the offseason after posting seven goals and 21 points in 47 games. He had a breakout campaign in 2020-21 with 18 goals, leading all defensemen. He is under control for three more seasons, so he would be an attractive addition for any team.
So what does that mean for the draft. Well, if Armstrong plans to move Chychrun, he would need a defenseman of the future, and the top rearguard available in this draft is D Simon Nemec of Nitra of the Slovakian Elite League. He posted a goal with six points in eight games for Slovakia at the 2022 IIHF World Championship, which was the most ever by an 18-year-old defenseman in that event. Nemec has top pairing potential in the NHL, and could be an immediate plug-and-play option. For bettors, a chance to multiply your wager times five is quite attractive, and a distinct possibility.
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- Simon Nemec - 3rd Overall Pick (+500)
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