Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 63 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘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 remain ‘A’ rated prospects, and are joined this month by Storm centreman Danny Zhilkin and Saginaw Spirit blueliner Pavel Mintyukov in the top tier of draft eligible talent.

“Some players who are true first-year draft eligible players or did not have the opportunity to play in 2020-21 have been able to establish their game and others have displayed continued improvements and developments,” director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “This update provides the opportunity to highlight some players whose game is trending in the right direction.”

NHL Central Scouting’s Joey Tenute had positive things to say about Zhilkin and Mintyukov, the OHL’s two newest additions to the ‘A’ category.

“It’s very evident just by watching him that Zhilkin is ahead of the curve at this point from a lot of prospects; he really plays a mature game,” said Tenute, who played four OHL seasons between Barrie and Sarnia from 2000-04. “He’s a top line player that plays in all situations for Guelph, so he’s a big part of his team and he’s a very strong skater.

“He had a good U-18 Worlds and showed his ability to play up and down the lineup while filling multiple roles in that tournament.”

Mintyukov has played big minutes for the Spirit this season, joining the franchise as the 52nd overall pick of the 2020 CHL Import Draft.

“I think [Mintykov’s] a very polished player,” Tenute said. “Coming over from Russia, and playing in a new league with new teammates, you don’t always know how quick a player is going to adapt but he’s a guy who’s come in and has had an immediate impact. He’s a top pairing defenceman who plays in every situation, crunches minutes, and excels on the power play.”

An additional 19 OHL players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 40, including five goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

Nineteen of 20 OHL teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with seven players ranked, the Guelph Storm with six including two ‘A’ rated skaters as well as the Niagara IceDogs and North Bay Battalion with five each.

The list includes 45 OHL forwards, 13 defencemen and five goaltenders.

2021 NHL Central Scouting November 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

APavel MintyukovLDSaginaw Spirit
AMatthew PoitrasRCGuelph Storm
AShane WrightRCKingston Frontenacs
ADanny ZhilkinLCGuelph Storm
BLiam ArnsbyRCNorth Bay Battalion
BOwen BeckRCMississauga Steelheads
BMichael BuchingerLDGuelph Storm
BAidan CastleRWNiagara IceDogs
BJorian DonovanLDHamilton Bulldogs
BJackson EdwardLDLondon Knights
BPano FimisRCNiagara IceDogs
BRuslan GazizovRWLondon Knights
BIsaiah GeorgeLDLondon Knights
BDavid GoyetteLCSudbury Wolves
BHunter HaightRCBarrie Colts
BJake KarabelaLCGuelph Storm
BPaul LudwinskiLCKingston Frontenacs
BBryce McConnell-BarkerLCSoo Greyhounds
BTy NelsonRDNorth Bay Battalion
BServac PetrovskyLCOwen Sound Attack
BVinzenz RohrerRWOttawa 67’s
BMatyas SapovalivLCSaginaw Spirit
BSpencer SovaLDErie Otters
CRyan AbrahamLCWindsor Spitfires
CSam AlfanoRWPeterborough Petes
CBraeden BowmanRWGuelph Storm
CBrett BrochuGLondon Knights
CGavin BryantLCOwen Sound Attack
CBrice CookeLWNiagara IceDogs
CBrody CraneLWLondon Knights
CLuca Del Bel BelluzLCMississauga Steelheads
CKocha DelicLCSudbury Wolves
CJustin DeZoeteLCPeterborough Petes
CRodwin DionicioLDNiagara IceDogs
CDom DiVincentiisGNorth Bay Battalion
CLucas EdmondsRWKingston Frontenacs
CJacob FrascaRCBarrie Colts
CVsevolod GaidamakLCOttawa 67’s
CCedrick GuindonLCOwen Sound Attack
CGavin HayesRWFlint Firebirds
CBeau JelsmaLCBarrie Colts
CEvan KonyenRWSudbury Wolves
CKirill KudryavtsevLDSoo Greyhounds
CArtem KulakovLDErie Otters
CNolan LalondeGErie Otters
CEthan LarmandLCSudbury Wolves
CZakary LavoieRWMississauga Steelheads
CAndrew LeBlancLCKitchener Rangers
CJacob LeBlancRDKitchener Rangers
CTnias MathurinLDNorth Bay Battalion
CJonathan MeleeLCHamilton Bulldogs
CMax NamestnikovLCSarnia Sting
CJacob OsterGGuelph Storm
CTucker RobertsonRCPeterborough Petes
CDylan RoobroeckLCNiagara IceDogs
CTeddy SawyerLDOttawa 67’s
CCharlie SchenkelGSoo Greyhounds
CLawson SherkLCHamilton Bulldogs
CLandon SimRWLondon Knights
CColton SmithLWLondon Knights
CBrady StonehouseRWOttawa 67’s
CZander VecciaRWMississauga Steelheads
CDalyn WakelyRCNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list along with additional scouting reports, 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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