Surprise at the top: A ranking involving Juraj Slafkovsky and the 2022 draft is the talk of the town.

BY MARCO    AUGUST 28, 2023  (1:11 PM)
If you were asked to redo the 2022 NHL draft, where would you rank? Would Juraj Slafkovsky still be number one?

The expert from The Athletic, Corey Pronman, lent himself to the game and came up with his top 7 as of today. Surprisingly, he makes very few changes, even though it's the same players in a different order.

Here are the initial rankings:

1- Juraj Slafkovsky (Montreal)
2- Simon Nemec (New Jersey)
3- Logan Cooley (Arizona)
4- Shane Wright (Seattle)
5- Cutter Gauthier (Philadelphia)
6- David Jiricek (Columbus)
7- Kevin Korchinski (Chicago)


And now the Pronman rankings:

1- Juraj Slafkovsky (Montreal)
2- Logan Cooley (Arizona)
3- Shane Wright (Seattle)
4- David Jiricek (Columbus)
5- Kevin Korchinski (Chicago)
6- Cutter Gauthier (Philadelphia)
7- Simon Nemec (New Jersey)

It comes as a surprise to see that Slaf is still in first place, despite a first season well below expectations. However, it must be said that the other members of this top 7 have played little or no NHL hockey to date.

So it will be some time before we have a more accurate overall idea of what the draft rankings might have been.

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