62 OHL Players Included NHLL Central Scouting’s Mid Term Rankings

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 62 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft that takes place July 7-8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.

The list includes 41 OHL forwards, 14 defencemen and seven goaltenders.

A total of 10 OHL players are ranked inside the first round led by Kingston Frontenacs centreman Shane Wright, a former OHL Rookie of the Year Award recipient and exceptional status first overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

“Shane is an excellent prospect and a guy that the scouting community has been tracking for a while now so everyone’s familiar with the attributes he can bring to a team,” OHL graduate Joey Tenute of NHL Central Scouting said. “He shows up every night, is a leader and plays every situation. He does what it takes all over the ice and any coach can rely on a player like that because he not only provides offense but is an all-around leader of a team … lead by example type of guy.”

Frontenacs teammate Paul Ludwinski joins Wright as a potential first round selection, being listed 29th among North American skaters.

Joining Czech forward Matyas Sapovaliv as one of two Saginaw Spirit players ranked inside the top-32, Russian defender Pavel Mintyukov comes in at number five on the list.

“Mintyukov, to me, is the best at his position for the 2022 draft,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “He plays a very dynamic game utilizing his size, skating, smarts and skills to control the play in all zones and situations. The confidence, composure and degree of authority in which he takes charge and executes on plays places him in a category all to himself.”

The Spirit also boast the highest-ranked goaltender on the list in 17-year-old Shelby Township, Mich. native Andrew Oke, who is the eighth-ranked North American netminder.

The OHL’s first place Mississauga Steelheads also feature two players ranked inside the first round with 18-year-old forward Luca Del Bel Belluz at eleventh on the list and 17-year-old centreman Owen Beck at number 19.

The Guelph Storm join Kingston, Saginaw and Mississauga in producing another pair of players ranked inside the first round in first-year centreman Matthew Poitras at 23rd and sophomore talent Danny Zhilkin at 27th. Rookie defender Michael Buchinger came in just outside of the top-32, being ranked 36th on the list.

Former first overall 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion is the highest-ranked Canadian-born defenceman at number 25 on the list.

Nineteen of the OHL’s 20 member teams feature at least one player included on the list, with the London Knights (8), Guelph Storm (6) and North Bay Battalion (5) leading the way.

2022 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings


1Shane WrightKingston FrontenacsC
5Pavel MintyukovSaginaw SpiritD
11Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga SteelheadsC
13Matyas SapovalivSaginaw SpiritC
19Owen BeckMississauga SteelheadsC
23Matthew PoitrasGuelph StormC
25Ty NelsonNorth Bay BattalionD
27Danny ZhilkinGuelph StormC
28Bryce McConnell-BarkerSoo GreyhoundsC
29Paul LudwinskiKingston FrontenacsC
35David GoyetteSudbury WolvesC
36Michael BuchingerGuelph StormD
38Spencer SovaErie OttersD
39Jorian DonovanHamilton BulldogsD
42Isaiah GeorgeLondon KnightsD
46Vinzenz RohrerOttawa 67’sC
47Hunter HaightBarrie ColtsC
52Servac PetrovskyOwen Sound AttackC
61Jake KarabelaGuelph StormC
62Ruslan GazizovLondon KnightsLW
66Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay BattalionC
68Gavin HayesFlint FirebirdsLW
75Jackson EdwardLondon KnightsD
76Cedrick GuindonOwen Sound AttackLW
77Pano FimisNiagara IceDogsC
88Evan KonyenSudbury WolvesRW
103Kirill KudryavtsevSoo GreyhoundsD
107Lucas EdmondsKingston FrontenacsRW
109Tucker RobertsonPeterborough PetesC
120Samuel MayerPeterborough PetesD
121Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’sC
124Zakary LavoieMississauga SteelheadsRW
129Colton SmithLondon KnightsLW
132Rodwin DionicioNiagara IceDogsD
137Beau JelsmaBarrie ColtsC
138Brady StonehouseOttawa 67’sRW
142Stuart RolofsOshawa GeneralsLW
152Tnias MathurinNorth Bay BattalionD
155Aidan CastleNiagara IceDogsRW
160Gavin BryantOwen Sound AttackC
163Brice CookeNiagara IceDogsLW
179Christian KyrouErie OttersD
182Kyle JacksonNorth Bay BattalionC
183Tyler SavardSoo GreyhoundsLW
188Brody CraneLondon KnightsLW
190Sam AlfanoPeterborough PetesRW
195Roberto ManciniSaginaw SpiritD
196Kirill SteklovLondon KnightsD
200Kocha DelicSudbury WolvesC
204James HardieMississauga SteelheadsLW
210Ryan AbrahamWindsor SpitfiresC
213Landon SimLondon KnightsRW
217Braeden BowmanGuelph StormRW
219Max NamestnikovSarnia StingC
224Nolan DannSarnia StingLW
LVSimon SlavicekFlint FirebirdsLW


8Andrew OkeSaginaw Spirit
10Nolan LalondeErie Otters
12Charlie SchenkelSoo Greyhounds
14Domenic DivincentiisNorth Bay Battalion
15Jacob OsterGuelph Storm
16Brett BrochuLondon Knights
29Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals

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