OHL Writers 2022 Final Draft Rankings

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Congratulations to the Saint John Sea Dogs on winning the 2022 Memorial Cup. Our own Hamilton Bulldogs should hold their heads up high on a fantastic season winning the J Ross Robertson Cup and putting up a great effort in Saint John.

The handing out of the Memorial Cup brings us to one item remaining for this season and that is our final ranking on Ontario Hockey League players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. It was great to get a full season in and to be in the rinks once again – except for a couple of short weeks where the Pandemic caused us to stay out of buildings.

It was a difficult season to assess players because we didn’t have a previous season to base a player’s development on. So instead, we looked at how a player developed throughout the season.

This season, we ranked the top 60 players and the top 9 goaltenders from the OHL. Obviously, they won’t all get drafted but I would expect 35 that will be including four goaltenders. So, why rank 60 players? Because there are bound to be players outside my top 35 that will get picked and there will be development camp invites and you can get an idea of where I would have them.

Lucas Edmonds (Kingston), Matthew Maggio (Windsor), Amadeus Lombardi (Flint), Samuel Mayer (Peterborough), James Hardie (Mississauga), Kyle Jackson (North Bay), Tucker Robertson (Peterborough), Braeden Bowman (Guelph), Gavin White (Hamilton) and Kirill Steklov (London) are draft re-entries that made our list. In net, re-entries include Patrick Leaver (Oshawa), Brett Brochu (London) and Marco Costantini (Hamilton).

Shane Wright (Kingston) and Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw) have been one-two for almost the entire season. Luca Del Bel Belluz (Mississauga) had a slight dip in the top five for us as did Ty Nelson (North Bay). David Goyette (Sudbury) did plenty to put himself into the top five in our minds and Owen Beck (Mississauga) was a mainstay there all season.

Our biggest climber was the same as virtually everyone else’s: Christian Kyrou (Erie) while our biggest faller was Ruslan Gazizov (London).

Here are our final rankings along with NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking among North American Skaters:

RKPLAYERTEAMNHLCS
1Shane WrightKingston1
2Pavel MintyukovSaginaw6
3Owen BeckMississauga10
4David GoyetteSudbury13
5Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga8
6Matyas SapovalivSaginaw23
7Ty NelsonNorth Bay32
8Danny ZhilkinGuelph35
9Paul LudwinskiKingston49
10Hunter HaightBarrie44
11Bryce McConnell-BarkerSoo34
12Isiah GeorgeLondon53
13Matthew PoitrasGuelph45
14Christian KyrouErie48
15Gavin HayesFlint51
16Vinzenz RohrerOttawa42
17Jake KarabelaGuelph62
18Michael BuchingerGuelph30
19Beau JelsmaBarrie88
20Servac PetrovskyOwen Sound58
21Cedrick GuindonOwen Sound59
22Lucas EdmondsKingston104
23Jorian DonovanHamilton81
24Spencer SovaErie80
25Pano FimisNiagara75
26Tnias MathurinNorth Bay126
27Kirill KudryavtsevSoo108
28Matthew MaggioWindsor103
29Jackson EdwardLondon123
30Kocha DelicSudbury122
31Evan KonyenSudbury85
32Amadeus LombardiFlint94
33Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay115
34Samuel MayerPeterborough139
35Tucker RobertsonPeterborough162
36Rodwin DionicioNiagara118
37Ruslan GazizovLondon149
38Brady StonehouseOttawa152
39Gavin WhiteHamiltonNR
40Colton SmithLondonNR
41Zakary LavoieMississauga134
42James HardieMississauga148
43Aidan CastleOwen Sound151
44Kyle JacksonNorth Bay158
45Nolan CollinsSudbury153
46Gavin BryantOwen Sound179
47Bryce CookNiagara183
48Braeden BowmanGuelph194
49Kai SchwindtMississauga196
50Sam AlfanoPeterborough207
51Max NamestnikovSarnia211
52Owen Van SteenselNorth BayNR
53Chas SharpeMississaugaNR
54Kirill SteklovLondon221
55Roberto ManciniSaginaw222
56Landon SimLondon215
57Kasper LarsenMississauga220
58Caeden CarlisleSoo223
59Angus BoothBarrieNR
60Simon SlavicekFlintNR
GOALTENDERSTEAMNHLCS
1Domenic DiVincentiisNorth Bay24
2Patrick LeaverOshawa16
3Andrew OkeSaginaw9
4Nolan LalondeErie14
5Brett BrochuLondon31
6Charlie SchenkelSoo17
7Jacob OsterGuelph18
8Josh RosenzweigNiagara22
9Marco CostantiniHamilton29

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