2022 NHL Draft Central

Live Updates

July 8th – 12:48 p.m.

July 8th – 12:47 p.m.

July 8th – 12:30 p.m.

July 8th Р11:48 a.m. 

Chicago Blackhawks announce the selection of Gavin Hayes

July 8th – 11:45 a.m.

Gavin Hayes gets selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd round (#66 overall)

July 7th – 7:44 p.m.
Brennan Othmann meets with the media ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft.

July 7th – 7:18 p.m.
After being unable to be at the Draft last year due to Covid-19, Brennan Othmann finally got to live out his NHL Draft dream with the New York Rangers last night.



Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds’¬†streak of having at least one player drafted every year of the NHL Draft since their move to Flint in 2015 looks to continue this week as the 2022 NHL Draft is set to take place tonight and tomorrow at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. Round 1 begins Thursday, July 7¬†at 7:00 p.m. ET, available to watch on ESPN and ESPN+ in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada. Rounds 2-7 take place Friday, July 8¬†at 11:00 a.m., available to watch in the U.S. on NHL Network and Sportsnet in Canada.

Firebirds forwards Gavin Hayes, Amadeus Lombardi and Simon Slavicek have all been ranked in NHL prospect rankings leading up to the Draft.¬†The Ontario Hockey League is the #1 development league in the world for sending players to the NHL. This season, 63 players from the OHL were included on¬†NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

Gavin Hayes, the Westland, Mich. native, was ranked¬†51st among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting¬†and 83rd overall by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, which projects him to be drafted in Rounds 2-4.

The 6-foot-1 LW set franchise rookie records in a single game and season points and assists this season, finishing the year with 19 G and 30 A. His 49 points were 4th on the team and 10th among all OHL rookies. The Firebirds 1st round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection draft also finished 3rd among rookies for OHL playoff points (12) and goals (5).

Amadeus Lombardi is in his second year of draft eligibility and is expected to be selected after exceeding all expectations in his first year in the OHL.

Lombardi was a 13th round (#245 overall) selection by Flint back in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.¬†In his first season, he produced 18 G and 41 A for¬†59 points which ranked 2nd on the team. He added 7 G and 8 A in the 2022 OHL Playoffs, also finishing second on the team with 15 points.¬†The Aurora, Ont. native came in¬†91st among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting¬†and 202nd overall by McKeen’s Hockey.

Simon Slavicek came to Flint midway through the season and produced 6 G and 7 A in 40 GP this season for the Firebirds. Flint’s 1st round pick the 2021 Import Draft also added 1 G and 3 A in 9 GP during the playoffs.¬†Slavicek, the Czechia native, spent his last five years of hockey before Flint playing for HC Slavia Praha, splitting time between the U20 and professional team the previous two seasons. He was ranked 196th overall by Draft Prospects Hockey after receiving being listed on NHL Central Scouting’s Midseason Rankings with a “Limited Viewing” designation.

The 2022 NHL draft is first-year 2004-born prospects are eligible to be drafted. Additionally, select 2002 and 2003-born players will be eligible as well. To be eligible, players must be 18 years old by Sept. 15 and under 20 years old by Dec. 31 in the draft year.

Zacharie Giroux, Luca D’Amato, Ty Petrou, Samuel Assinewai, Michael Maclean, and Ian Michelone are among the rest of the draft-eligible players for the Firebirds.

Flint’s best showing at an individual NHL Draft is two players selected, which has happened in four of the six NHL Drafts since the Firebirds have been a member of the OHL. Flint has the opportunity to set a franchise record this weekend if three or more Firebirds hear their name called.

The 2021 NHL Draft was a historic one for the Firebirds. Captain Brennan Othmann became the second first-round pick in franchise history when the New York Rangers selected him 16th overall. Dmitry Kuzmin followed suit and was selected in the 3rd round (#82 overall) by the Winnipeg Jets and Braeden Kressler was a camp invite before eventually being signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2019, defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok was taken in the second round (#52 overall) by the Florida Panthers, and forward Ethan Keppen was selected in the fourth round (#122nd overall) by the Vancouver Canucks.

In 2018, Ty Dellandrea became the first Flint Firebird to be selected in the first round of an NHL Draft when he was picked 13th overall by the Dallas Stars. Dennis Busby was also selected that year in the fifth round (145th overall) by the Arizona Coyotes.

Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception five seasons ago in 2015, the club has already had 22 drafted or NHL-signed players on its roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver), Braeden Kressler (Toronto), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida), Dmitry Kuzmin (Winnipeg), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Dallas), Brennan Othmann (NY Rangers), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

For more information, contact:

Jack Sznewajs
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club

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