2022 NHL Draft Lottery: Canucks to have 15th overall pick

Vancouver Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin, left, and president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford laugh during an end of NHL hockey season news conference, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (CP)

The Vancouver Canucks will choose 15th overall at the 2022 NHL Draft after the Draft Lottery results were revealed Tuesday.

Before the draft lottery, the Canucks were ranked 15th, with a 0.5 per cent chance of being drawn. The highest the Canucks could move up was 10 slots. The Canucks were never in the running to win the top pick and have a shot at consensus No. 1 pick Shane Wright because of new rules instituted for this year's lottery.

With the 15th pick, the Canucks may be able to land a player like defenceman Owen Pickering of the Swift Current Broncos. According to our mock draft: Has underrated puck skills. There’s massive growth potential in this player, especially once he fills out.

The Canucks had a rollercoaster season that saw the firings of GM Jim Benning and coach Travis Green. Bruce Boudreau was hired as interim coach before Jim Rutherford was hired as president of hockey operations. Rutherford later hired Patrik Allvin as GM to replace Benning.

Boudreau's hiring gave the team a boost, but ultimately the Canucks finished fourth in the Pacific Division with a 40-30-12 record for 92 points, seven back of the last wild-card spot claimed by the Nashville Predators.

The 2022 NHL Draft is July 7-8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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