NAHL announces results in 2022 Draft
The 2022 NAHL Draft was held and completed on Wednesday, June 15th and the NAHL is pleased to announce the results.
In total, 214 players were selected in the draft, which took three and a half hours to complete.
View the results of the 2022 NAHL Draft at nahldraft.com
“The NAHL Draft is always a big day. Our teams are out there all season long and trying to give as many players as possible an opportunity to make a team. Getting drafted in the NAHL Draft means that someone has watched you and that you have done something special to catch their eye and interest and you are being rewarded for that. Then it becomes all about what you can do for that team in the future, so it is a very important part of the process,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “We offer our congratulations to the players selected in today's NAHL Draft. This is the start of an incredible journey to play in the NCAA and we wish the best of luck to all the players, veterans, tendered, drafted or not, in your quest to play USA Hockey in the NAHL.”
The first player taken in the 2022 NAHL Draft was forward Jacob Lavallee, who was selected by the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Lavallee, 19, played this past season in Canada for Cote-du-Sud in the Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJHL) and had 52 points in 40 games played. He also appeared in two games with Val-d’Or in the QMJHL.
With the second pick, the Northeast Generals selected forward Connor Pelc, who played this past season for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL. He spent the 2020-21 season playing in the NAHL for the New Jersey Titans.
The first defenseman selected was with the 11th pick overall as the Janesville Jets selected DJ Hart from the USHL’s Madison Capitols. Hart, 20, had 13 points in 48 USHL games this past season. During the 2020-21 season, he put up five points in 50 games played for the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes.
The first goaltender selected was Mitchell Day, who was selected 5th overall in Round 1 by the North Iowa Bulls. Day, 20, spent the past season playing junior hockey for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, appearing in 43 games and putting up a .930 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average.
Breakdown of positions drafted:
Forwards: 142 (66%)
Defense: 57 (27%)
Goalies: 15 (7%)
Breakdown of teams/levels/leagues where players were selected from:
Canadian Junior: 48
High School: 20
Prep School: 18
Other Junior: 17
European Junior: 14
Birth year breakdown:
Players not drafted or tendered by NAHL teams are still able to participate in each team's respective open tryout camps. Remaining tryout camps are listed here.
Each team’s protected list now stands at 28 players.