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Leagues all over the world are into their stretch drives, with some already onto the postseason, and there have been notable changes on our board since we published our last rankings in December.
Our team of scouts has been hard at work watching game tape, logging live viewings, and writing reports over the last several months, and these rankings are the result of those efforts. Like our draft board, our group has undergone some changes since our December rankings so let me reintroduce you to the team:
Eetu Siltanen | Head of Scouting/Director of European Scouting (@siltaneneetu)
Nick Richard | Director of North American Scouting (@_NickRichard)
Hadi Kalakeche | QMJHL Regional Scout (@HadiK_Scouting)
Kyle Watson | OHL Regional Scout (@kyle_nw)
Evan Pace | WHL Regional Scout (@evanpace17)
Alexander Annun | USA Regional Scout (@Annun_Scouting)
Alexa Potack | Swedish Regional Scout (@alexa_potack)
Samuel Tirpák | Czech/Slovak/Central European Regional Scout (@SammyT_51)
Dave Hall | Crossover Scout (@hall1289)
Pat Quinn | Crossover Scout (@FHPQuinn)
Danny Tiffany | Goaltending Scout (@dantiffany30)
It can be difficult to come to a consensus with a large group of people who have differing opinions but one thing that our group agreed on was that there is a pretty clear cut group of 10-15 prospects at the top of the draft and not much separating the players beyond that in the first few rounds.
A lot can still change before draft day rolls around, but after plenty of debate and discussion, here are the DP Scouting Team’s top-64 prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft.
C | Kingston (OHL) | 6-1 | 187 lbs | Shoots: R
Nick Richard: While it was perhaps overstated, Wright got off to a bit of a slow start this season by his standards. His play in the second half, however, has cemented him as the number one prospect for the 2022 draft in the eyes of our scouts.
After tallying 39 goals and 66 points in 58 games as an exceptional status player in his draft-2 season, expectations were incredibly high for the Frontenacs’ captain as the OHL returned to action for the 2021-22 season. Unfortunately, the eye-popping production wasn’t there e