NHL Draft includes nearly 70 players from NCAA ranks
24 schools boasted at least one draft pick

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Incoming Northeastern freshman Cam Lund was the first NCAA player selected in the second round (Photo by Dan Hickling/Hickling Images).

Sixty-six current or committed NCAA Division I players were selected during the 2022 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft, which concluded Friday afternoon in Montreal. Fifty-nine of those picks came Friday during rounds two through seven after seven players had been taken during Friday’s opening round.

NCAA Selections in the 2022 NHL Draft

Twenty-four schools had a player or recruit selected, topped by Northeastern with seven. Denver, Harvard and Minnesota each had five selections, followed by Massachusetts, Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin with four each.

Also of note:

  • Thirty-one of the NHL’s 32 franchises selected at least one current or committed NCAA player, led by the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks with five each.
  • Boston College and Michigan had at least one player selected for the 27th consecutive draft, tying the all-time NCAA record held by Minnesota (1974-2000).
  • The majority of NCAA selections will be freshmen in 2022-23. However, seven returning collegians were selected: Jack Devine (Denver), David Gucciardi (Michigan State), Jack Hughes (Northeastern), Dominic James (Minnesota Duluth), Zakary Karpa (Harvard), Joel Maatta (Vermont), Victor Mancini (Omaha).
  • The NCAA selections in 2022 included 44 forwards, 19 defensemen and three goalies.
  • Forty-six of the 66 players taken were Americans, followed by 18 from Canada and two from Finland.
  • There have been 52 first-round picks from the NCAA over the last seven NHL Drafts (2016-22) compared to 31 first-rounders over the previous seven drafts (2009-15).