Shane Wright of the KIngston Frontenacs. Photo by Robert Lefebvre/OHL Images.
HockeyProspect.com has released our second 2022 NHL Draft Ranking of the season. This NHL Draft list follows up our previous ranking which was released back on October 25th, 2021.
Shane Wright is hanging tough as the player sitting atop of our December ranking. Wright and his Canadian teammates will get their World Junior Tournament underway later today vs the Czech Republic. When Wright returns to Kngston he will get enjoy an old linemate who has returned to the OHL. We are big fans of Zayde Wisdom and he recently got back into a game for Kingston prior to the shutdown. He played a role in helping Shane Wright have a great rookie OHL reason two years ago.
Two players who were on the outside looking into our top 32 back on October 25th both play for the Saginaw Spirit. Moving up to 10th overall is Pavel Mintyukov, a talented defender who has 6 goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 25 games at the Christmas break. His teammate, Matyas Sapovaliv, is a big lanky centre who is just beginning to fill out his frame. Matyas has 8 goals and 13 assists at the break, is skilled, very smart, strong in the faceoff circle and sits at 19th on our list.
Logan Cooley from the USNTDP, Danila Yurov, from Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL and Owen Pickering from the Swift Current Broncos are all holding their spots in our top 5. You can watch Cooley and Yurov beginning today, as they both made their respective Country’s World Junior rosters.
Check back soon as we’ll have more audio posts coming in the days ahead.
HP’s Mark Edwards with some brief notes about this ranking release.
HockeyProspect.com 2022 NHL Draft Top 32 Prospects Ranking, December 26th, 2021
|16||Lekkerimaki||Jonathan||Djurgardens IF J20||J20 Nationell||RW||5'11"||172|
|22||Duda||Artyom||Krasnaya Armiya Moskva||MHL||LD||6'01"||181|
|24||Salomonsson||Elias||Skelleftea J20||J20 Nationell||RD||6'01"||172|
|25||Kulich||Jiri||HC Karlovy Vary||CZE||C/LW||6'00"||172|
|30||Odelius||Calle||Djurgardens IF J20||J20 Nationell||LD||6'00"||185|
|31||Pelevin||Alexander||Chaika Nizhny Novgorod||MHL||LD||5'11"||172|
Full Top 64 list for members is here