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With the World Juniors approaching and most leagues across the globe well into their seasons, it is once again time to assess the 2022 NHL Draft class. After a difficult 2020-21 season for everyone in the hockey world, the 2022 class brings with it a renewed sense of optimism, as well as plenty of high-end talent.
The DP Scouting Team has collectively spent countless hours in the rinks, watching game tape, and filing reports over the last several months, culminating in this midseason edition of our draft rankings.
Eetu Siltanen | Head of Scouting/Director of European Scouting (@siltaneneetu)
Nick Richard | Director of North American Scouting (@_NickRichard)
Samuel Tirpák | Czech/Slovak/Central European Regional Scout (@SammyT_51)
Alexa Potack | Swedish Regional Scout (@alexa_potack)
Zack Szweras | Russian Regional Scout (@Zack_Szweras)
Jacob Barker | OHL Regional Scout (@JacobMBarker12)
Brayden Olafson | QMJHL Regional Scout (@olaf1393)
Jameson Ewasiuk | WHL/BCHL/AJHL Regional Scout (@JamesonEwasiuk)
Alexander Annun | USA Regional Scout (@Annun_Scouting)
AJ Gidaro | North American Crossover Scout (@AlfredoGidaro)
Danny Tiffany | Goaltending Scout (@dantiffany30)
As was to be expected, our board has seen significant changes since our preliminary draft rankings were published back in September. Many prospects have seen their stock rise through the early part of the 2021-22 season – some drastically so – but others have gotten off to slow starts and have fallen down our rankings.
With the caveat that a lot can change before draft day rolls around, here are the DP Scouting Team’s top 50 prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft at the midway point of the season:
1 | Shane Wright | C | Kingston (OHL) | 6-1 | 187 lbs
Brayden Olafson: The time has come for us to declare that the body of work exhibited by Shane Wright throughout the last several months has earned him sole possession of the top tier in our 2022 midseason rankings. Of course, if you’ve had the fortune of watching a sample of his recent play we doubt you’ll disagree.
As one of the more complete as well as innovative 17-year-olds to come along in recent years, it would be a disservice to Wright’s hockey IQ to say that he is simply deceptive or creative with the puck. Rather, to appreciate the intelligence and intuition that comes to him so naturally and is infused into nearly every play that he makes with the puck, you might just have to be on the ice with him. You’ll rarely find Wright in a position where he doesn’t ha