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Western Hockey League to host 2022 U.S. Priority and Prospects Drafts this week

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Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League will conduct the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft and 2022 WHL Prospects Draft online this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Real-time results will be available at WHL.ca/draft.

MEDIA:

  • Available video and photos of prospects for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft can be found HERE.
  • WHL Draft logos can be found HERE.

2022 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft – Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. MT

The Edmonton Oil Kings hold the first-overall selection in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft.

The 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will consist of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club presented with the opportunity to make two draft choices.

2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft – Order of Selection

1) Edmonton Oil Kings
2) Brandon Wheat Kings
3) Regina Pats
4) Lethbridge Hurricanes
5) Moose Jaw Warriors
6) Seattle Thunderbirds
7) Victoria Royals
8) Spokane Chiefs
9) Tri-City Americans
10) Prince Albert Raiders
11) Winnipeg ICE
12) Swift Current Broncos
13) Everett Silvertips
14) Red Deer Rebels
15) Calgary Hitmen
16) Prince George Cougars
17) Kelowna Rockets
18) Kamloops Blazers
19) Saskatoon Blades
20) Portland Winterhawks
21) Vancouver Giants
22) Medicine Hat Tigers

The order of selection was determined on April 21, 2022 through the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery. All 22 WHL Clubs had equal opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection. The Club designated to select first overall in the first round will then select last in the second round (44th overall). The Club designated to select second overall in the first round will then select second last in the second round (43rd overall). Likewise, the team with the final pick in the first round will have the first pick in the second round. This pattern of selection repeats until all 22 WHL Clubs have had the opportunity to make two selections in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft.

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2007-born players who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Players not selected in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 19, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

The first WHL U.S. Priority Draft was held in 2020.

2022 WHL Prospects Draft – Thursday, May 19

WATCH LIVE – Pre-Show at 9:30 a.m. MT / WHL Prospects Draft at 10 a.m. MT

The first round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, including a 30-minute pre-show, will be livestreamed FREE via WHL Live on CHL TV. All that is required is to register and login using a free account with CHL TV, no subscription or purchase necessary. The 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Pre-Show begins with co-hosts Chris Wahl and Taylor Rocca at 9:30 a.m. MT, with live draft coverage beginning at 10 a.m. MT.

The Medicine Hat Tigers hold the first-overall selection in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, as determined by the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery on April 21, 2022.

2022 WHL Prospects Draft – First Round Order of Selection

1) Medicine Hat Tigers
2) Tri-City Americans
3) Victoria Royals
4) Calgary Hitmen
5) Swift Current Broncos
6) Regina Pats
7) Vancouver Giants
8) Spokane Chiefs
9) Prince George Cougars
10) Prince Albert Raiders
11) Lethbridge Hurricanes
12) Brandon Wheat Kings
13) Saskatoon Blades
14) Moose Jaw Warriors
15) Seattle Thunderbirds (from Kelowna)
16) Medicine Hat Tigers (from Seattle)
17) Red Deer Rebels
18) Portland Winterhawks
19) Kamloops Blazers
20) Everett Silvertips
21) Vancouver Giants (from Edmonton)
22) Vancouver Giants (from Winnipeg)

The order of selection for the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2021-22 WHL Regular Season standings. The complete order of selection for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft can be found at WHL.ca/draft.

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft are 2007-born players who reside in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Players not selected in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft will remain eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs at any time thereafter.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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