2022 NHL Draft: Wright tops central scouting rankings
The Boy Scouts revealed their midterm rankings of North American top skaters and goalkeepers, and top skaters and international goalkeepers, on Wednesday. Right winger Joachim Kimmel of JYP in Liiga, Finland’s premier professional league, is No. 1 among international skaters.
“There was no consensus on the number one ranking [in North America] NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr said Shane Wright remains a coveted bundle of NHL talent and has proven he can handle it all. Burden and be the difference maker when needed in game situations. He has performed and carried himself remarkably well among the many upheavals and distractions of the past year and a half.”
[2022 Midterm rankings: North American skaters | North American goalies | International skaters | International goalies]
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The 2022 draft is scheduled to be held at the Bell Center in Montreal, with the first round on July 7 and rounds 2-7 on July 8. The NHL draft was held roughly in 2020 and 2021 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The NHL Draft Lottery for the first 16 picks in the draft will be announced at a later date.
Wright (6 feet 185 pounds), a right-handed defender, has scored 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) with 86 shots on target in 22 games this season. The 18-year-old also had one assist in two matches for Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships before the tournament was canceled on December 29.
“Shane is an excellent character and a man the scouting community has been tracking for a while now, so everyone is aware of the traits he can bring to the team,” said NHL Central Scouting’s Joey Tenot. “He shows up every night, he’s a leader and he plays in every situation. He does what it takes all over the ice and any coach can count on a player like that because not only does he provide attacking, he’s an overall captain of the team…a leader by the kind of guy example” .
Wright was playing for the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA when he was granted exceptional player status by Hockey Canada in March 2019, and was selected by Kingston with the #1 pick in the 2019 OHL Draft when he was aged 15. He was named Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year after scoring 66 points (39 goals, 27 assists) in 58 games in 2019-20.
Logan Cooley Center (5-10, 174) of the USA National Hockey Team Development Program ranks second on the list of figure skaters in North America. Cooley, a left-handed shot, has scored 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 24 games and leads the NTDP with an average of 1.42 points per game. The 17-year-old received one assist at 15:23 U.S. ice time in his only WJC match.
“Cooley’s continued development and successes have made the 2022 class number one a race between two players,” said Marr. “Cole in himself is a player who can influence games. His extreme off-the-charts speed and ability to tackle and execute quickly on plays make him a threat every time he steps on the ice.”
Cooley is one of nine NTDP players ranked in the top 32, including left winger Cutter Gauthier (6-2, 189) and right winger Jimmy Snuggerud (6-1, 186) among the top eight. Eight NTDP record players, including seven of the top 15 players, were selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Among the top five skaters in North America are Matt Savoy (5-9, 179) and Connor Jeke (6-3, 193) of Winnipeg in the Western Hockey League, and defender Pavel Mintyukov (6-1, 192) of Saginaw. (OHL).
Savoie leads the WHL with 52 points (18 goals, 34 assists) and 25 strength points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 34 games. Jake scored 38 points (11 goals and 27 assists) in 34 matches.
“Savoy has great wheels and a dynamic player,” said John Williams of NHL Central Scouting. “Geekie is taller and thinner and reminds me a bit Joe Thornton At this age the way he skates.”
Mintyukov, a left-handed shot, scored 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 29 OHL matches.
“For me, Mintyukov is the best in his position in the 2022 edition,” Mar said. “He plays a very dynamic game using his size, skateboarding, intelligence and skills to control play in all areas and situations. The confidence, composure and degree of authority in which he takes charge and performs on plays puts him in a class of himself.”
Kimmel (5-11, 171), right-wing striker, scored 18 points (12 goals, 6 assists), six powerful goals and three goals in 21 games with JYP. The 17-year-old had 105 shots on target with an average of 16:48 in ice time. He missed three weeks due to an upper body injury earlier in the season.
“We’ve studied the entire season, starting with the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August, and Kemell had a great start with JYP, so he’s currently number one,” said NHL European Director of Scouting, Goran Staab. “He’s been out for several weeks due to injury, but as a playmaker he’s healthy with acceleration and speed. He can use his smooth hands and passing abilities to move the disc through traffic.”
Among the top five international skaters are Slovakia-born defender Juraj Slavkovsky (6-3, 218) of TPS in Liga; right winger Danila Yurov (6-1, 178) from Magnitogorsk in the Continental Hockey League; defenseman David Jiricek (6-3, 189) from Plzen in the Czech Extraliga; And Brad Lambert (6-0, 175) from JYP Agency in La Liga.
Slafkovsky scored four points (one goal, three assists), scored 51 shots on goal and averaged 13:29 in 20 TPS matches. The 17-year-old averaged 22:03 in two matches with Slovakia at the WJC.
“Slavkovsky should be in the Slovak national team for the men’s national team at the Beijing 2022 Olympics in February,” said Staub. “He uses his great size, reach and power very well, within the bases. He’s an energetic and efficient auditor in both areas, with good insight and all the tools to have a great career.”
The number 1 goalkeeper in North America is Tyler Brennan (6-4, 180) of Prince George (WHL). He is 5-11-1 with 3.55 goals against average and 896 percent in 17 games.
“He’s a good professional size, and he’s very calm, relaxed and smart at reading a one-off pass or playing at the back door,” said Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting. “I also like how he’s back to stop dumps and can move the disc properly from behind his grid area. He has very good professional potential.”
The international No. 1 goalkeeper is Topias Leinonen (6-4, 214) of JYP in the Finnish Junior League. The 17-year-old, who could be the starting goalkeeper for Finland at the 2022 IIHF World U-18 Championship in Germany in April, has a 2.20 GAA and 0.911 save percentage in five games.
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