NCAA Report: How Current and Incoming NCAA Players Fared In The 2022 NHL Draft

Hadi Kalakeche

2022-07-13

The 2022 NHL Draft has finally come and gone with plenty of excitement starting right at the top with former consensus number one overall pick, Shane Wright, falling into the laps of the Seattle Kraken with the fourth pick of the draft. There were plenty of surprise picks throughout the first round and some great late picks as well, but how did some of the current and future NCAA players do in the draft?

Freshman Draft Year Seasons

Jack Hughes, C, Northeastern University

With his father, Kent Hughes, spearheading the draft for the Montreal Canadiens there was plenty of speculation that perhaps we would see Hughes’ name get called early in the second round, but we had to wait a bit until Los Angeles scooped him up at 51st overall.

Jack Hughes went from scoring nearly a point a game in his U17 NTDP season to notching 16 points in 39 games for the Huskies as a freshman — not a bad haul. Hughes’ success mostly came from his physical skills such as his speed and size, but he shows a good understanding of how to unlock defenses with quick, well-placed passes that can catch the opposition sleeping. While not the most creative player on offense, he plays well as a complementary player on a line with other skill players for him to ride along with and feather a nice pass into or provide himself as a trigger-man option. He went a little later in the draft than we expected, ranking him at 41, but joining a top-end prospect pool like Los Angeles can hopefully aid him in expanding upon his skill set to become more of a driver on offense. 

Jack Devine, RW, University of Denver

Devine’s season was a curious one in the sense that he did not see too much playing time, averaging about 12 minutes per game, but was able to accumulate 19 points in 36 games en route to the Pioneers becoming National Champions. All of that then culminated in the Florida Panthers selecting him with the 221st pick of the draft, certainly lower than many of us expected at the start of the season. Devine racked up plenty of points as he played for the high-octane Pioneer offense that saw Carter Savoie, Bobby Brink, Carter Mazur, and a few others post point per game, or nearly point per game seasons.

Devine is a strong body on and off the puck and was able to force his way inside throughout the season and look to generate opportunities in close situations where he could potentially do some damage. He is a tireless worker and gives you his all in each zone, putting in hard-nosed shifts and doing a nice job closing down the opposition any chance he gets. While Devine may have had a disapp