Nick Richard’s 2022 NHL Draft Rankings: Final Edition

We have reached the conclusion of another scouting cycle and the draft is now within sight. With that comes my final ranking for the 2022 NHL Draft, including notes on my top-100 ranked prospects.
In terms of what I value most when ranking prospects, pace and hockey sense are paramount. Skill is obviously important but processing the game and executing at the speed required from NHL players is a lot different than doing it in junior. While I place significant importance on upside, I sometimes lean more in the direction of projectability or NHL certainty than some other scouts I’ve interacted with.
With most leagues around the world returning to regular schedules and prospects having full seasons to showcase themselves, my board has undergone significant changes since the fall. This list is the culmination of over a year’s worth of film study and discussion on these players with fellow scouts whose opinions I trust and respect.
Sparing further preamble, here are my top-100 prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft:
1 | Logan Cooley
C | NTDP U18 (USNTDP) | 5’10” | 181 lbs | Shoots: L
The number one spot on my board has been a source of internal debate for practically the entire season. In the end, I had to go with my gut and my gut says that Logan Cooley …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

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