Mid-Season Rankings The 2022 draft NHL entry is in, giving us a sneak peek into which players are likely to come out on top in the first round based on their performances so far.
To the surprise of very few, Shane Wright is North America’s Rookie of the Year entering the 2022 draft, as the Kingston forward-center has an impressive 30 points in 22 games this season, good enough to hit 1.36 per game score level. Game tempo after winning 2019-20 CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year honors.
Wright also led Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 U-18 World Championships as captain, before representing his country again at the 2022 Red Deer World Junior Championships, which unfortunately was cancelled.
If selected overall, Wright would be the first member of the Kingston forwards to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick.
Ranked below Wright in North America are U.S. Development Program center Logan Cooley at No. 2, Winnipeg Ice Center Matt Sava and Connor Gigi at No. 3 and No. 4, and Saginaw Spirit linebacker Pavel Mingqiu. Cove is in the top five.
In the international rankings, Finnish striker Joakim Kemmel stands out among his peers, and for good reason.
Kemer currently leads all rookies in Finland’s elite league with 12 goals, and was also ahead of his team’s junior league in points the previous year. Kemer was selected for the Finnish national team for the 2022 World Youth Championship, playing in two games for the Finnish national team before the tournament ended prematurely.
The rest of the international top five includes Slovakian Juraj Slafkovsky in second, Russian striker Danila Yurov in third, Czech defender David Jiricek in fourth and Kemmel’s teammate Brad Lambert in fifth.
Tyler Brennan of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars is the No. 1 goalkeeper in North America, while Finnish webmaster Topias Leinonen is No. 1 internationally.
The 2022 NHL entry draft will be held July 7-8 in Montreal.