NHL Draft prospects 2022: Up to date massive board, rating of prime 32 gamers general

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The calendar has flipped to December. 

After a tough couple of months to open the NHL season, some fanbases may flip their consideration to the NHL Draft, too. For each misplaced season comes hope within the type of prime draft picks and the attract of the following nice participant.

There’s loads of motion on FCHockey’s massive board since model 1.0 was launched again in early October.

Shane Wright, one in all few to carry his similar place within the first spherical, stays the highest prospect and consensus No. 1 for the 2022 draft. Wright has been a trending matter within the NHL Draft world because the begin of the Ontario Hockey League season, and he maintains a agency grasp on our prime spot regardless of a quite underwhelming begin to his season.

The adjustments start slightly below Wright, with the WHL’s Matthew Savoie rising 4 spots into the No. 2 spot. The ahead has stood out within the eyes of the Western Canada scouts and appears to have separated himself from the remainder of the pack.

With all of the motion inside this rating because the preliminary version launched on October 1, the regional adjustments are simply as fascinating.

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The American, Russian, Finnish and Swedish areas all have new prime gamers since our preliminary launch. Logan Cooley, Danila Yurov, Joakim Kemell and Marco Kasper haven’t solely usurped the earlier prime prospects of their areas, however the hole appears to be like to be rising pretty considerably already.

Lastly, there are 5 new names on FCHockey’s top-32 board, with Filip Mesar, Filip Bystedt, Liam Ohgren, Gleb Trikozov and Kevin Korchinski pushing up into the first-round consideration.

We’re nonetheless seven months away from the 2022 NHL Draft however there’s a slate of thrilling hockey on the schedule between at times, together with the 2022 World Junior Championships later this month. This checklist will proceed to evolve between now and the July 7 draft in Montreal however within the meantime, right here’s how we see the highest of the 2022 class.

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NHL Draft prospects 2022: Large board of prime 32 gamers

1. Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 

As talked about, Wright’s maintain on this spot appears to have been referred to as into query over his first two months of the season resulting from a slower begin than anticipated. Nonetheless, the highest prospect picked it up in direction of the tip of November and appears to be discovering his groove. Let’s not neglect that he, and most different OHLers, are taking part in their first hockey at this stage in properly over a yr. Wright continues to display exceptional intelligence and a prime shelf shot whereas exhibiting off persistently elite playmaking.

2. Matthew Savoie, RW, Winnipeg ICE (WHL) 

The primary riser of the rating, Matthew Savoie has been on hearth within the WHL at almost a two-point-per-game tempo. What many anticipated of Wright within the OHL, Savoie is delivering out west. He’s taking part in on a really sturdy Winnipeg ICE membership and has been the highest participant on the group to start out the season. He exudes confidence and excels at driving the play, persistently dictating the tempo of the play. Savoie’s potential to deal with the puck at prime velocity is superb. Not solely has he leapfrogged over a number of the different prime prospects on this class, however Savoie is closing the hole on Wright and will threaten him atop this checklist with extra stellar play.

3. Simon Nemec, D, HK Nitra (Slovakia) 

Holding on to the spot as the highest defender within the class, Simon Nemec is an offensive defenseman that has proven promising strides in his personal finish early within the season. Whereas he can wow you along with his puck-moving potential — each along with his ft and in his passing — his defensive consciousness and the decision-making in his personal finish have already proven enchancment to start out the yr. There’s a wonderful quantity of creativity in his sport for a defender and he doesn’t shrink back from physicality regardless of taking part in in opposition to males. His drop one spot is much less a slight in opposition to him and extra in regards to the play of Savoie to start out the yr.

4. Danila Yurov, RW, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) 

There’s a brand new Russian king in FCHockey’s rankings. Within the Preliminary rating, the combat for the highest spot was an extended dialogue with FCHockey’s scouts with Danila Yurov falling second. In these rankings, the one choice was Yurov. Whereas we now have but to actually see his capabilities on the KHL stage resulting from extraordinarily restricted minutes via his 19 video games, his play internationally and within the MHL are greater than sufficient to persuade FCHockey’s scouts. His competitiveness and two-way potential make him a really promising prospect.

5. Logan Cooley, C, USNTDP (USHL) 

Following a brand new prime Russian, there’s a brand new prime American within the rankings, and he’s the most important riser in FCHockey’s top-10. Logan Cooley has been the highest participant for america Nationwide Crew Growth Program this season because of his sturdy skating and his dynamic offensive play. Each his playmaking and capturing are harmful, making him a continuing twin offensive risk. He can greater than deal with himself within the defensive finish as properly, as a very well-rounded prospect with a ton of upside. Don’t be shocked to see him proceed to climb rankings because the 2022 NHL Draft attracts close to.

6. Joakim Kemell, RW, JYP (Liiga) 

The most popular draft-eligible prospect on the planet via the beginning of the 2021-22 season appears to be like to Finnish ahead Joakim Kemell. Due to his fiery begin, the winger has leapfrogged over a fellow countryman as the highest Finn out there within the class. Kemell has began his first season within the Liiga at over a point-per-game tempo and is capturing up draft boards. He’s a well-rounded offensive expertise that may bury you with a fairly purpose or highlight-reel help. He might proceed to stand up this checklist because the season rolls on.

7. Ivan Miroshnichenko, RW Omskie Krylia (VHL) 

Whereas Ivan Mirochnichenko could have slid again a number of spots in FCHockey’s rating, it’s much less of a slight in opposition to him and extra of a recognition of the enhancements from people who have handed over him. He’s an distinctive offensive expertise with among the best photographs on this class, probably second solely to Wright. He’s a robust skater and handles the puck properly, however might stand to point out some extra constant effort on the backcheck and in his personal zone. 

8. Brad Lambert, C, JYP (Liiga)

As soon as thought of the lone challenger to Wright for the highest spot, Brad Lambert has not taken the step ahead this season that scouts have been hoping for. Whereas the high-end ability stage remains to be very a lot obvious, Lambert hasn’t been in a position to put all of it collectively, leading to less-than-expected manufacturing. His off-puck play has left some to be desired. There’s nonetheless a number of season left, so Lambert might creep again up this checklist, however he’ll want to actually step his sport as much as do it.

9. Juraj Slafkovsky, C, TPS (Liiga) 

Large Slovak ahead Juraj Slafkovsky has been bouncing between the U20 SM-sarja and the Liiga, beginning to see increasingly time within the prime league. On prime of his NHL-ready dimension, the ahead has the energy to go together with it but fast ft and tender palms that you simply may not anticipate from a 6-foot-4, 225-pound skater. He excels within the offensive finish, studying the lanes properly and discovering his teammates with crisp passing. His shot choice and accuracy might enhance, however he stays a top-10 prospect.

10. Rutger McGroarty, C, USNTDP (USHL) 

Rutger McGroarty may now not be the highest American on FCHockey’s draft board, however the prime prospect stays a top-10 contender. A particularly clever participant with nice competitiveness, McGroarty has been identified for his potential to attain objectives and rack up factors and he’s continued to do this with the Nationwide Crew Growth Program. He’s been exhibiting off his playmaking increasingly, placing his wonderful imaginative and prescient on show sport in and sport out. 

11. Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg ICE (WHL) 

Conor Geekie’s play appears to have barely trailed off in current weeks, leaving him because the lone prospect to fall out of the top-10 on this replace. Nonetheless, Savoie’s teammate stays a really promising prospect because of his high-end hockey sense and his potential to take benefit and capitalize on opponent’s errors. His effort stage has wavered via November and his skating wants some enchancment however he might want to present extra consistency or threat sliding additional.

12. Frank Nazar, RW, USNTDP (USHL) 

One of many greater risers inside the first spherical of FCHockey’s newest rating, Frank Nazar has shortly change into a scouting favourite participant on this class. His relentless motor makes it arduous to peel your eye from him when he’s on the ice. He battles arduous, exhibiting sturdy efforts in each ends of the rink. That is aided by his sturdy skating, permitting him to win a large number of races to the puck. He’s additionally very spectacular with the puck on his stick, defending it from attackers and making arduous, correct passes. He could possibly be a participant to keep watch over to slide into the top-10 because the season goes on.

13. Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 

The largest riser inside the top-32, Denton Mateychuk appears to be like like he might evolve right into a top-10 prospect on this class. He’s among the best skaters within the class and by no means takes his foot off the fuel. The Moose Jaw Warriors defender exhibits very sturdy offensive consciousness, at all times seemingly seeking to soar up into the push. However is a really sturdy presence in his personal zone as properly, forcing turnovers and main the transition sport. Like Nazar, he could possibly be a participant that forces himself up the draft charts by the season’s finish.

14. Seamus Casey, D, USNTDP (USHL) 

After one defender cracked FCHockey’s top-12, Seamus Casey is the second-straight defender in a bunch of 4 in the course of the primary. The American rearguard is a gifted, offensively-minded defender who exhibits wonderful confidence each time he hits the ice. On prime of boasting some high-end ability with the puck, he’s additionally a bodily presence on the ice, ensuring his opponents take discover of the place he’s on the ice. This might very properly be a future top-pairing defender.

15. David Jiricek, D, HC Plzen (Czech) 

David Jiricek continues to impress within the prime Czech league, exhibiting off his wonderful two-way potential. He is aware of methods to use his dimension to his benefit, along with his lengthy attain and physicality being a giant a part of his defensive sport. With the puck, he’s a robust passer with good imaginative and prescient, whereas additionally displaying a pure potential to steer the zone exits and entries. He might stand to enhance his skating, however appears to be like to be a strong first-round choose to date in his draft yr.

16. Ryan Chesley, D, USNTDP (USHL) 

Together with Casey, Ryan Chesley has been a robust presence on the Nationwide Crew Growth Program’s again finish this season. The defender has a robust stride, complemented by his booming bodily presence. He exhibits a wonderful, constant potential to separate attackers from the puck. He defends the push very properly and appears very sturdy in his decision-making, even underneath stress. His upside may not be as excessive as teammate Casey’s, however they’re very shut proper now and Chesley’s sport ought to translate very properly to the NHL stage.

17. Isaac Howard, LW, USNTDP (USHL) 

Isaac Howard, the sixth Nationwide Crew Growth Program participant on this checklist, did have a reasonably important slide on this version of the rating — from top-10 consideration down nearer to the 20s. He’s a highly-competitive ahead that performs a really aggressive sport in his pursuit of the puck. He has one of many higher photographs within the class, because of a lightning-quick launch. He’s not the quickest skater and his defensive sport stands to point out enchancment, however his offensive sport might be greater than sufficient for an NHL group to chew. 

18. Marco Kasper, C, Rogle BK (SHL) 

The brand new prime participant from the Swedish area – and he’s not even Swedish. Marco Kasper has spent nearly all of his season within the SHL, though his minutes have been hit and miss at that stage. Nonetheless, he’s been spectacular because of his velocity and excessive stage of creativity. His playmaking is superb and his potential to create offense stands out. With extra minutes underneath his belt this season, he could possibly be even larger on these rankings. He could possibly be a candidate to proceed to rise because the season rolls on.

19. Elias Salomonsson, D, Skelleftea AIK J20 (J20 Nationell) 

Swedish defender Elias Salomonsson got here into the season with excessive expectations, and he has been barely underwhelming compared. He doesn’t persistently drive play from his personal finish and there are shifts the place he appears to fail to make an affect. Nonetheless, he does present sturdy skating potential and is aware of methods to use his lengthy attain very properly. He loves to leap into the push and make a robust first move out of the zone. Regardless of the slide, he stays a robust prospect however the ceiling doesn’t look to be as excessive because it did coming into 2021-22. 

20. Tristan Luneau, D, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) 

Tristan Luneau managed to carry on to the highest spot from the QMJHL, however the hole considerably shrunk. The defender is a really clever, puck-moving defender that shows sturdy four-way mobility, however on the similar time can seem pretty misplaced in his personal zone when defending. Whereas persistently leaping into battles for the puck, he does appear to wrestle to win these battles. He has good upside, however his play off the puck might want to present enchancment transferring ahead.

21. Noah Ostlund, C, Djurgardens IF J20 (J20 Nationell) 

Noah Ostlund could have dropped two spots however he stays very a lot within the dialog for the highest Swedish prospect on this class. The middle has had a style of the SHL this season however has primarily frolicked within the J20 Nationell. He’s a really clever participant, making his affect felt each shift. He battles arduous on the forecheck and the backcheck, doing every part he can to verify his group has the puck when he’s on the ice. Ostlund’s lack of dimension and energy does present at occasions and can doubtless be a giant cause why he could slide on draft day.

22. Ty Nelson, D, North Bay Battalion (OHL) 

The OHL is a robust pipeline to the NHL however on this draft, at this level within the season, Wright and Ty Nelson look to be the one two prospects that look to have a semi-firm grasp on the primary spherical. Nelson is taking part in at almost a point-per-game tempo because of his sturdy puck-moving potential and imaginative and prescient. Nonetheless, he does present some struggles in his defensive zone consciousness and his decision-making. That is comprehensible to an extent after lacking your complete 2020-21 season, however he might want to present enhancements. This, mixed along with his smaller body, might see him be a candidate to fall within the draft.

23. Nathan Gaucher, C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) 

The second and final QMJHL participant on this checklist, Nathan Gaucher might very properly overtake Luneau in future updates to FCHockey’s rankings. The large, highly effective heart exhibits distinctive two-way potential and is dominant in puck battles because of his dimension. Regardless of his dimension, he’s fairly nimble on his skates, exhibiting sturdy edgework and fast velocity. His palms might stand to enhance as his puckhandling will be inconsistent and his move reception isn’t the strongest, however Gaucher has various instruments that NHL groups will worth extremely. 

24. Jonathan Lekkerimaki, C, Djurgardens IF J20 (J20 Nationell) 

The rise of Jonathan Lekkerimaki has begun and will very properly proceed if he continues how he’s performed to start out the season. The ahead is taking part in over a point-per-game tempo within the J20 Nationell and has had his first appears to be like on the SHL stage. He’s one more ahead on this class with a wonderful shot, who appears to have the ability to get it off his stick from wherever within the offensive zone at any time and put it at the back of the web. He’s a really sturdy skater and performs arduous within the offensive zone, however he might stand to carry that effort again to his personal finish. Along with his offensive skills although, he might proceed to shoot up draft boards.

25. Cutter Gauthier, LW, USNTDP (USHL) 

Yet one more Nationwide Crew Growth Program participant, Cutter Gauthier is a really expert winger with high-end imaginative and prescient. He performs with wonderful tempo regardless of holding a relaxed, poised demeanor. He appears to always scan the ice, realizing the place everyone seems to be always and pull off a powerful move to search out his man. He additionally performs a bodily sport, including to his intrigue. Gauthier can get caught puck watching in his personal zone, however his competitiveness and imaginative and prescient will doubtless earn him a glance earlier quite than later within the draft.

26. Filip Mesar, RW, HK Poprad (Slovakia)

The third-biggest riser in FCHockey’s top-32, Filip Mesar is the primary new title on this checklist as a first-time first rounder. The ahead continues to impress within the prime Slovak males’s league, exhibiting off sturdy skating potential and agility in addition to wonderful playmaking. He controls the puck properly and persistently dictates play. Mesar has promising creativity and might get round or via opponents with relative ease. He ought to proceed to rise all through the 2021-22 season.

27. Filip Bystedt, C, Linkoping HC (SHL)

The second new title on this checklist, Filip Bystedt is a giant, two-way heart that makes use of his energy and energy to his benefit each shift, dictating play and controlling opponents along with his dimension. He additionally shows nice puckhandling ability, one thing you may not anticipate with a participant of his dimension. He protects the puck very properly and is extremely arduous to strip the puck from. Bystedt has proven nice enhancements to date this season and will proceed to rise if it continues.

28. Simon Forsmark, D, Orebro HK (SHL)

Simon Forsmark has been bouncing between the J20 Nationell and SHL this season, however the defender has confirmed too good for the junior league — gathering over point-per-game to date. He performs like a veteran, with maturity and confidence very evident in his sport. His decision-making is superb and his potential to get the puck out of hazard stands out in his play. He exhibits sturdy consciousness on each ends of the ice and isn’t afraid to get bodily when wanted. An NHL group might chew early to verify they land the promising defender.

29. Liam Ohgren, LW, Djurgardens IF (SHL)

This checklist’s greatest riser, Liam Ohgren has stood out in a giant approach to FCHockey’s Swedish scouts. He’s spent extra time within the SHL than the J20 Nationell in no small half resulting from his spectacular offensive potential. He’s wonderful with the puck on his stick because of his stand-out creativity. He’s very calm and affected person whereas realizing methods to use his puck to guard the puck. He makes tough performs look simple and appears to face out in each sport. Ohgren has taken sturdy steps ahead to date this season and will proceed to rise if he retains it up.

30. Gleb Trikozov, LW, Omskie Krylia (VHL)

Simply the third Russian on this checklist, Gleb Trikozov is one other new title in FCHockey’s top-32. The winger is a fast skater with sturdy acceleration and excels in creating separation. He’s a really clever participant who reads defenses shortly, capable of finding the holes and the lanes with ease. His shot additionally stands out, with a fast launch and robust shot choice. He has a knack for locating the tender ice and attending to the web. Behind top-10 skills Yurov and Miroshnichenko, Trikozov appears to be like to be the highest Russian out there.

31. Lian Bichsel, D, Leksands IF (SHL)

Holding on to his spot on the finish of the primary spherical, Swiss defender Lian Bichsel stands at a towering 6-foot-5 and 216 kilos. And he is aware of methods to use it along with his physicality, and his lengthy attain to disrupt performs. The 2-way defender surprises with the quantity of ability he possesses, from his lengthy, highly effective strides to his general offensive consciousness, he exhibits top-four potential. He must calm his sport down a bit at occasions, however that is positively a participant that NHL groups will be aware of.

32. Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Closing out FCHockey’s top-32 rating, Kevin Korchinski slides into the ultimate spot along with his high-upside. He performs with distinctive tempo and motion, along with his general skating as a transparent standout element of his sport. He’s positively a risk-taker and that may get him into bother, however he has sufficient ability the place if he can enhance on when he takes these dangers, this could possibly be a particular participant. Korchinski might want to enhance his decision-making, however his skating, playmaking, and puckhandling skills are sufficient to place him within the first-round dialog.

Gamers that dropped out of projected first spherical

36. Bryce McConnell-Barker, C, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 

40. Lane Hutson, D, USNTDP (USHL)

41. Julian Lutz, LW, EHC Munchen (DEL)

52. Pano Fimis, C, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) 

60. Ludwig Persson, C, Frolunda HC J20 (J20 Nationell)