Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 66 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec.

Forwards Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm each received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round selection.

The OHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2019-20, Wright has recorded six points (2-4–6) through his first five games of the 2021-22 season. The 17-year-old Frontenacs captain played a key role in Canada’s gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Frisco, Texas this past May.

Poitras was the 12th overall pick of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Whitby Wildcats U16 program. The 17-year-old centreman has four points (3-1–4) through his first four OHL contests.

An additional 21 players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 43, including five goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with eight players included. The Guelph Storm and Sudbury Wolves trailed with six players respectively while the Niagara IceDogs and North Bay Battalion each had five.

The list includes 45 OHL forwards, 16 defencemen and five goaltenders.

2021 NHL Central Scouting October Players to Watch List – OHL

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

AMatthew PoitrasRCGuelph Storm
AShane WrightRCKingston Frontenacs
BLiam ArnsbyRCNorth Bay Battalion
BOwen BeckRCMississauga Steelheads
BMichael BuchingerLDGuelph Storm
BAidan CastleLWNiagara IceDogs
BJorian DonovanLDHamilton Bulldogs
BJackson EdwardLDLondon Knights
BPano FimisRCNiagara IceDogs
BDavid GoyetteLCSudbury Wolves
BCedrick GuindonLCOwen Sound Attack
BHunter HaightRCBarrie Colts
BGavin HayesRWFlint Firebirds
BJake KarabelaLCGuelph Storm
BZakary LavoieRWMississauga Steelheads
BPaul LudwinskiLWKingston Frontenacs
BBryce McConnell-BarkerLCSoo Greyhounds
BPavel MintyukovLDSaginaw Spirit
BTy NelsonRDNorth Bay Battalion
BVinzenz RohrerRWOttawa 67’s
BMatyas SapovalivLCSaginaw Spirit
BSpencer SovaLDErie Otters
BDanny ZhilkinLCGuelph Storm
CRyan AbrahamLCWindsor Spitfires
CSam AlfanoRWPeterborough Petes
CAndre AnaniaLDSudbury Wolves
CBraeden BowmanRWGuelph Storm
CBrett BrochuGLondon Knights
CGavin BryantLCOwen Sound Attack
CBen BujoldLCLondon Knights
CBrice CookeLWNiagara IceDogs
CBrody CraneLWLondon Knights
CNick DeGraziaLWSudbury Wolves
CLuca Del Bel BelluzLCMississauga Steelheads
CKocha DelicLCSudbury Wolves
CJustin DeZoeteRWPeterborough Petes
CRodwin DionicioLDNiagara IceDogs
CDomenic DiVincentiisGNorth Bay Battalion
CZach FilakLCSarnia Sting
CJacob FrascaRCBarrie Colts
CIsaiah GeorgeLDLondon Knights
CBeau JelsmaLCBarrie Colts
CEvan KonyenRWSudbury Wolves
CKirill KudryavtsevLDSoo Greyhounds
CArtem KulakovLDErie Otters
CNolan LalondeGErie Otters
CEthan LarmandLCSudbury Wolves
CAndrew LeBlancLCKitchener Rangers
CJacob LeBlancRDKitchener Rangers
CAlec LeonardRDNiagara IceDogs
CTnias MathurinLDNorth Bay Battalion
CJonathan MeleeLCHamilton Bulldogs
CDaniel MichaudLCOshawa Generals
CMax NamestnikovLCSarnia Sting
CCedricson OkitunduLDOwen Sound Attack
CJacob OsterGGuelph Storm
CServac PetrovskyLCOwen Sound Attack
CTucker RobertsonRCPeterborough Petes
CStuart RolofsLWLondon Knights
CTeddy SawyerLDOttawa 67’s
CCharlie SchenkelGSoo Greyhounds
CLandon SimLWLondon Knights
CColton SmithLWLondon Knights
CBrady StonehouseRWOttawa 67’s
CZander VecciaRWMississauga Steelheads
CDalyn WakelyRCNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.


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