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Edmonton Oil Kings to select first overall in 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft

Calgary, Alta. –  The Western Hockey League announced today the Edmonton Oil Kings will select first overall in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft following the completion of the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery.

The 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2022, and will be conducted online at WHL.ca. The 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will consist of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club presented the opportunity to have two draft selections.

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). This pattern of selection repeats until all 22 WHL Clubs have had the opportunity to have two selections in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft.

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2022 WHL U.S. PRIORITY DRAFT – FIRST ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION

First Round Second Round
1. Edmonton Oil Kings 23. Medicine Hat Tigers
2. Brandon Wheat Kings 24. Vancouver Giants
3. Regina Pats 25. Portland Winterhawks
4. Lethbridge Hurricanes 26. Saskatoon Blades
5. Moose Jaw Warriors 27. Kamloops Blazers
6. Seattle Thunderbirds 28. Kelowna Rockets
7. Victoria Royals 29. Prince George Cougars
8. Spokane Chiefs 30. Calgary Hitmen
9. Tri-City Americans 31. Red Deer Rebels
10. Prince Albert Raiders 32. Everett Silvertips
11. Winnipeg ICE 33. Swift Current Broncos
12. Swift Current Broncos 34. Winnipeg ICE
13. Everett Silvertips 35. Prince Albert Raiders
14. Red Deer Rebels 36. Tri-City Americans
15. Calgary Hitmen 37. Spokane Chiefs
16. Prince George Cougars 38. Victoria Royals
17. Kelowna Rockets 39. Seattle Thunderbirds
18. Kamloops Blazers 40. Moose Jaw Warriors
19. Saskatoon Blades 41. Lethbridge Hurricanes
20. Portland Winterhawks 42. Regina Pats
21. Vancouver Giants 43. Brandon Wheat Kings
22. Medicine Hat Tigers 44. Edmonton Oil Kings

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). This pattern of selection repeats until all 22 WHL Clubs have had the opportunity to have two selections in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft.

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will be 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, 2022, or listed by a WHL Club 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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