MONTREAL– The Canadiens picked winger Juraj Slafkovsky with the first selection in the N.H.L. draft Thursday night at their residence arena, making him the very first gamer from Slovakia to be actually taken at No. 1 overall.While Shane Wright,
a Canadian center, was actually long taken into consideration the shoo-in to be actually the best choice, the Devils incredibly decided on Simon Nemec, a Slovak defenseman and also Slafkovsky’s Olympic teammate, at No. 2 after Wright fell.In another shock, the Arizona Coyotes took Logan Cooley, a center from the Pittsburgh location, with the third choice just before Wright’s slip quit along with the Seattle Kraken at No. 4. They traded the 22-year-old defenseman Alexander Romanov as well as a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Islanders for the 13th selection. They moved that selection as well as the 66th pick to Chicago for onward Kirby Dach, 21, who possessed 26 factors in 70 video games final season.It was actually the 2nd roster-dismantling relocation produced Thursday through transitioning Chicago, which also traded winger Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for choices No. 7 and also 39 this year and also a third-rounder in 2024.