UFFS Scouts Release Midseason Rankings With Wright Remaining On Top

Updated: Mar 22

A lot has changed since November but not Shane Wright’s status as the consensus top prospect for this year’s NHL Draft, among UFFS scouts and the hockey world as a whole.

Heading into tomorrow’s CHL Top Prospects Game, Wright remained No. 1 for all six contributors to our UFFS midseason rankings, as he attempts to go wire-to-wire atop everyone’s list en route to becoming the first overall pick in July. Some challengers have emerged and entered the conversation — closing the gap, to some degree, from the start of the draft year — but Wright would certainly be the first name called if the draft was today. And also the first player selected in the UFHL Entry Auction — without much debate, nor suspense.


Wright won’t always “wow” onlookers and may not be the biggest standout in this week’s showcase but his overall body of work to date has scouts confident that his skill-set will translate to the NHL, anticipating a smooth transition to pro and expecting an impactful all-around player. He doesn’t dominate with flash and dash, but Wright is a polished product with a real effectiveness to his game — drawing favourable comparisons to Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews. I see some John Tavares in him too.

The rest of the Top 10 continues to be shuffled and is far from solidified as this class embarks on their stretch run. UFFS has five consensus Top 10 prospects, with four of them ranked in the Top 7 by all six scouts. That includes power forward Juraj Slafkovsky, coming off his Olympic MVP performance; fellow Slovak Simon Nemec, now the consensus top defender; and American centre Logan Cooley, an offensive driver with an attention to detail. Matthew Savoie, who will surprisingly be teammates with Wright rather than the opposing captain for the CHL Top Prospects Game, is the fifth member of that Top 10 club as a catalyst with a high ceiling. Savoie was ranked as low as 10th, while Finnish finisher Joakim Kemell slipped to 11th as his low mark despite still rounding out our Top 5 overall, just ahead of Savoie.

Looking back on our UFFS preliminary rankings from November, Nemec and Cooley are the biggest risers within the Top 10 — both up six spots — while Savoie and Brad Lambert are both down four spots despite staying in the Top 10 for these midseason rankings. Russian forward Ivan Miroshnichenko, who was No. 3 on our preliminary list, has been omitted this time around for health reasons, with uncertainty surrounding his hockey-playing future. That opened the door for Frank Nazar to rise into our Top 10 — up four spots from 13 to 9 — but Miroshnichenko is still considered a Top 10 talent with a clean bill of health. The only other newcomer to our Top 10 was Czechia defender David Jiricek, who has been sidelined by injury but bumped out big two-way centre Conor Geekie in a swap of the 10-11 spots.

Enough spoilers but a few more stats to share before revealing the rankings. There were 105 different prospects ranked in the Top 64 at least once across the six lists — down from 138 over seven lists in November. There were 17 consensus first-rounders, appearing in the Top 32 on each of the six lists — up from 15 in the preliminary rankings. And there were 35 prospects who cracked the Top 64 on all six lists — up from 24 in November, with those increases indicative of a growing consensus among our UFFS scouts.

As for the contributors who formed this consensus, we received rankings from the following scouts/agencies: Craig Button, president of High Level Scouting in UFFS and TSN’s director of scouting (Craig’s List from Jan. 12, updated version also published this week on TSN); UFFS partner EliteProspects/EP Rinkside, courtesy of J.D. Burke & Co. (recently released Top 64); UFFS partner Fantalytica, via their director of scouting Ed Palumbo; In The Trenches Management (ITTM), through the combined efforts of Gabe Foley, Marcus Borkowsky and Erin Jones/Alex Leblanc; Wild West Scouting, with Nick Uttley making his rankings debut for UFFS; and yours truly, Larry Fisher as UFFS director of scouting, with my personal Top 128 (four rounds) revealed below the consensus. Also be sure to check out the latest rankings from Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino — also of SaLu Scouting with Peter Loubardias in UFFS — who published his Top 32 for March.

Without further ado, here are the UFFS Consensus Midseason Rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft:

First Round

1) Shane Wright (RC, Canada, Kingston OHL)

2) Simon Nemec (RD, Slovakia, Nitra)

3) Logan Cooley (LC, USA, NTDP U18)

4) Juraj Slafkovsky (LW, Slovakia, TPS Liiga)

5) Joakim Kemell (RW, Finland, JYP Liiga)

6) Matthew Savoie (RC, Canada, Winnipeg WHL)

7) Danila Yurov (RW, Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL)

8) Brad Lambert (RC/RW, Finland/Canada, JYP Liiga)

9) Frank Nazar (RW, USA, NTDP U18)

10) David Jiricek (RD, Czechia, Plzen)

11) Conor Geekie (LC, Canada, Winnipeg WHL)

12) Jonathan Lekkerimaki (RC, Sweden, Djurgardens SHL)

13) Pavel Mintyukov (LD, Russia, Saginaw OHL)

14) Liam Ohgren (LW, Sweden, Djurgardens SHL)

15) Filip Mesar (RC/RW, Slovakia, Poprad)

16) Cutter Gauthier (LW, USA, NTDP U18)

17) Denton Mateychuk (LD, Canada, Moose Jaw WHL)

18) Rutger McGroarty (LC, USA/Canada, NTDP U18)

19) Marco Kasper (LC, Austria, Rogle SHL)

20) Ty Nelson (RD, Canada, North Bay OHL)

21) Seamus Casey (RD, USA, NTDP U18)

22) Isaac Howard (LW, USA, NTDP U18)

23) Kevin Korchinski (LD, Canada, Seattle WHL)

24) Gleb Trikozov (LW, Russia, Omskie Krylia VHL)

25) Alexander Perevalov (LW, Russia, Loko Yaroslavl MHL)

26) Nathan Gaucher (RC, Canada, Quebec QMJHL)

27) Jimmy Snuggerud (RW, USA, NTDP U18)

28) Owen Pickering (LD, Canada, Swift Current WHL)

29) Tristan Luneau (RD, Canada, Gatineau QMJHL)

30) Jiri Kulich (LW, Czechia, Energie Karlovy Vary Czech)

31) Ryan Chesley (RD, USA, NTDP U18)

32) Calle Odelius (LD, Sweden Djurgardens SHL)

Second Round

33) Danny Zhilkin (LC, Canada/Russia, Guelph OHL)

34) Noah Ostlund (LC, Sweden, Djurgardens SHL)

35) Owen Beck (RC, Canada, Mississauga OHL)

36) Jack Hughes (LC, USA, Northeastern NCAA)

37) Elias Salomonsson (RD, Sweden, Skelleftea J20)

38) Mattias Havelid (RD, Sweden, Linkoping SHL)

39) Paul Ludwinski (LC, Canada, Kingston OHL)

40) Adam Ingram (LC, Canada, Youngstown USHL)

41) Mats Lindgren (LD, Canada/Sweden, Kamloops WHL)

42) Luca Del Bel Belluz (LC, Canada, Mississauga OHL)

43) Matthew Poitras (RC, Canada, Guelph OHL)

44) Lane Hutson (LD, USA, NTDP U18)

45) Filip Bystedt (LC, Sweden, Linkoping SHL)

46) Jagger Firkus (RW, Canada, Moose Jaw WHL)

47) Simon Forsmark (LD, Sweden, Orebro SHL)

48) Artyom Duda (LD, Russia, Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL)

49) Vladimir Grudinin (LD, Russia, Zvezda Moskva VHL)

50) Jordan Gustafson (LC, Canada, Seattle WHL)

51) David Goyette (LC, Canada, Sudbury OHL)

52) Matyas Sapovaliv (LC, Czechia, Saginaw OHL)

53) Bryce McConnell-Barker (LC, Canada, Soo OHL)

54) Lian Bichsel (LD, Switzerland, Leksands SHL)

55) Aleksanteri Kaskimaki (LC, Finland, HIFK Liiga)

56) Christian Kyrou (RD, Canada, Erie OHL)

57) Matthew Seminoff (RW, Canada, Kamloops WHL)

58) Sam Rinzel (RD, USA, Chaska High USHS)

59) Alexander Suzdalev (LW, Sweden/Russia, HV71 Allsvenskan)

60) Tucker Robertson (RW/RC, Canada, Peterborough OHL, overager)

61) Hunter Haight (RC, Canada, Barrie OHL)

62) Maveric Lamoureux (RD, Canada, Drummondville QMJHL)

63) Isaiah George (LD, Canada, London OHL)

64) Miko Matikka (RW, Finland, Jokerit U20/Sioux City USHL)

Honourable Mentions

65) Cruz Lucius (RW, USA, NTDP U18)

66) Rieger Lorenz (LC, Canada, Okotoks AJHL)

67) Jani Nyman (LW, Finland, Ilves Liiga)

68) Jordan Dumais (RW, Canada, Halifax QMJHL)

69) Arseni Koromyslov (LD, Russia, SKA St. Petersburg KHL)

70) Antonin Verreault (LW, Canada, Gatineau QMJHL)

71) Viktor Neuchev (LW, Russia, Avto Yekaterinburg MHL)

72) Markus Vidicek (LC, Canada, Halifax QMJHL)

73) Pano Fimis (RC, Canada, Niagara OHL)

74) Michael Fisher (RD, USA, St. Mark’s USHS)

75) Fabian Wagner (RW, Sweden, Linkoping J20)

76) Noah Warren (RD, Canada, Gatineau QMJHL)

77) Tyler Brennan (G, Canada, Prince George WHL)

78) Jace Weir (RD, Canada, Red Deer WHL)

79) Ludwig Persson (LC/LW, Sweden, Frolunda SHL)

80) Ilya Kvochko (LC, Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL)

81) Otto Salin (RD, Finland, HIFK Liiga)

82) Dmitri Buchelnikov (LW, Russia, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL, overager)

83) Max Namestnikov (LC, Russia/USA, Sarnia OHL)

84) Angus Booth (LD, Canada, Shawinigan QMJHL)

85) Devin Kaplan (RW, USA, NTDP U18)

86) Brandon Lisowsky (LC/RW, Canada, Saskatoon WHL)

87) Lucas Edmonds (RW/LW, Sweden/Canada, Kingston OHL, overager)

88) Beau Jelsma (LW, Canada, Barrie OHL)

89) Michael Buchinger (LD, Canada, Guelph OHL)

90) Elias Pettersson (LD, Sweden, Orebro SHL)

91) Mathew Ward (RW, Canada, Swift Current WHL)

92) Ruslan Gazizov (RW, Russia, London OHL)

93) Alexander Pelevin (LD, Russia, Chaika Nizhny Novgorod MHL)

94) Topias Leinonen (G, Finland, JYP U20)

95) Adam Sykora (RW/LW, Slovakia, Nitra Slovakia)

96) Mikey Milne (LW, Canada, Winnipeg WHL, overager)

97) Jake Livanavage (LD, USA, Chicago USHL)

98) Jorian Donovan (LD, Canada, Hamilton OHL)

99) Owen Van Steensel (LW, Canada, North Bay OHL)

100) Kocha Delic (LC, Canada, Sudbury OHL)

101) Colton Smith (LW, Canada, London OHL)

102) Ryan Greene (RC, Canada, Green Bay USHL)

103) Kyle Jackson (LW/LC, Canada, North Bay OHL, overager)

104) Gavin Hayes (RW, USA, Flint OHL)

105) Sergei Ivanov (G, Russia, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL)

 

Prospect Breakdowns

1) Shane Wright (RC, Canada, Kingston OHL)

HIGHEST: 1

LOWEST: 1

AVERAGE: 1.00

TOTAL: 6 – 1 (x6)

OWNED BY: High Level Scouting (Trish Millard/Craig Button)


2) Simon Nemec (RD, Slovakia, Nitra)

HIGHEST: 3

LOWEST: 6

AVERAGE: 3.83

TOTAL: 6 – 3 (x3), 4 (x2), 6

OWNED BY: Pipeline Prospects (Arnie Entz)


3) Logan Cooley (LC, USA, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 2

LOWEST: 7

AVERAGE: 4.00

TOTAL: 6 – 2 (x2), 3, 5 (x2), 7

OWNED BY: Fantalytica.tech (Rob Love)


4) Juraj Slafkovsky (LW, Slovakia, TPS Liiga)

HIGHEST: 2

LOWEST: 7

AVERAGE: 5.00

TOTAL: 6 – 2, 3, 6 (x3), 7

OWNED BY: Pipeline Prospects (Arnie Entz)


5) Joakim Kemell (RW, Finland, JYP Liiga)

HIGHEST: 2

LOWEST: 11

AVERAGE: 5.33

TOTAL: 6 – 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


6) Matthew Savoie (RC, Canada, Winnipeg WHL)

HIGHEST: 2

LOWEST: 10

AVERAGE: 5.67

TOTAL: 6 – 2, 4, 5 (x2), 8, 10

OWNED BY: Dultak Scouting Service (Gur Dultak)


7) Danila Yurov (RW, Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL)

HIGHEST: 5

LOWEST: 13

AVERAGE: 8.67

TOTAL: 6 – 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


8) Brad Lambert (RC/RW, Finland/Canada, JYP Liiga)

HIGHEST: 4

LOWEST: 17

AVERAGE: 8.83

TOTAL: 6 – 4, 6, 8, 9 (x2), 17

OWNED BY: Brennen Kopp


9) Frank Nazar (RW, USA, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 4

LOWEST: 12

AVERAGE: 9.00

TOTAL: 6 – 4, 7, 8, 11, 12 (x2)

OWNED BY: Pipeline Prospects (Arnie Entz)


10) David Jiricek (RD, Czechia, Plzen)

HIGHEST: 2

LOWEST: 18

AVERAGE: 9.17

TOTAL: 6 – 2, 6, 8, 10, 11, 18

OWNED BY: Spitfire Scouting (Dale Hardy)


11) Conor Geekie (LC, Canada, Winnipeg WHL)

HIGHEST: 9

LOWEST: 16

AVERAGE: 12.50

TOTAL: 6 – 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16

OWNED BY: Spitfire Scouting (Dale Hardy)


12) Jonathan Lekkerimaki (RC, Sweden, Djurgardens SHL)

HIGHEST: 9

LOWEST: 20

AVERAGE: 13.33

TOTAL: 6 – 9, 11 (x3), 18, 20

OWNED BY: Horse Lake Scouting (Andy Charanduk)


13) Pavel Mintyukov (LD, Russia, Saginaw OHL)

HIGHEST: 7

LOWEST: 26

AVERAGE: 17.50

TOTAL: 6 – 7, 12, 16, 19, 25, 26

OWNED BY: Horse Lake Scouting (Andy Charanduk)


14) Liam Ohgren (LW, Sweden, Djurgardens SHL)

HIGHEST: 9

LOWEST: 27

AVERAGE: 17.50

TOTAL: 6 – 9, 16 (x2), 18, 19, 27

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


15) Filip Mesar (RC/RW, Slovakia, Poprad)

HIGHEST: 15

LOWEST: 24

AVERAGE: 17.50

TOTAL: 6 – 15, 16 (x2), 17 (x2), 24

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


16) Cutter Gauthier (LW, USA, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 12

LOWEST: 37

AVERAGE: 19.67

TOTAL: 6 – 12, 14 (x2), 20, 21, 37

OWNED BY: 5 Eyes Scouting Services (Trevor Zimmer)


17) Denton Mateychuk (LD, Canada, Moose Jaw WHL)

HIGHEST: 8

LOWEST: 28

AVERAGE: 20.00

TOTAL: 6 – 8, 15, 19, 22, 28 (x2)

OWNED BY: Brennen Kopp


18) Rutger McGroarty (LC, USA/Canada, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 13

LOWEST: 50

AVERAGE: 22.17

TOTAL: 6 – 13, 14, 15, 17, 24, 50

OWNED BY: Prestige Worldwide (Zac Zawisza)


19) Marco Kasper (LC, Austria, Rogle SHL)

HIGHEST: 13

LOWEST: 32

AVERAGE: 23.00

TOTAL: 6 – 13, 17, 23, 26, 27, 32

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


20) Ty Nelson (RD, Canada, North Bay OHL)

HIGHEST: 13

LOWEST: 54

AVERAGE: 27.33

TOTAL: 6 – 13, 17, 22, 28, 30, 54

OWNED BY: Dultak Scouting Service (Gur Dultak)


21) Seamus Casey (RD, USA, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 18

LOWEST: 49

AVERAGE: 27.33

TOTAL: 6 – 18, 20, 22, 24, 31, 49

OWNED BY: Pipeline Prospects (Arnie Entz)


22) Isaac Howard (LW, USA, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 15

LOWEST: Not Ranked (NR)

AVERAGE: 29.00

TOTAL: 5 – 15 (x2), 19, 20, 40

OWNED BY: Spitfire Scouting (Dale Hardy)


23) Kevin Korchinski (LD, Canada, Seattle WHL)

HIGHEST: 12

LOWEST: 43

AVERAGE: 29.50

TOTAL: 6 – 12, 25, 29, 34 (x2), 43

OWNED BY: CanWest Scouting Agency (Harrison Fallow)


24) Gleb Trikozov (LW, Russia, Omskie Krylia VHL)

HIGHEST: 19

LOWEST: 51

AVERAGE: 30.17

TOTAL: 6 – 19, 21, 25 (x2), 40, 51

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


25) Alexander Perevalov (LW, Russia, Loko Yaroslavl MHL)

HIGHEST: 10

LOWEST: NR

AVERAGE: 30.67

TOTAL: 5 – 10, 13, 25, 35, 36

OWNED BY: Alpine Prospects (Jeff Rea)


26) Nathan Gaucher (RC, Canada, Quebec QMJHL)

HIGHEST: 18

LOWEST: 38

AVERAGE: 31.00

TOTAL: 6 – 18, 26, 34, 35 (x2), 38

OWNED BY: Fantalytica.tech (Jordan Shedletzky)


27) Jimmy Snuggerud (RW, USA, NTDP U18)

HIGHEST: 14

LOWEST: 60

AVERAGE: 31.67

TOTAL: 6 – 14, 24, 27, 29, 36, 60

OWNED BY: Pipeline Prospects (Arnie Entz)


28) Owen Pickering (LD, Canada, Swift Current WHL)

HIGHEST: 20

LOWEST: 44