The midseason rankings for the 2022 NHL entry draft are in, offering a glimpse at which players might go at the top of the first round based on their performance thus far.
To the surprise of very few, Shane Wright is the top-ranked North American prospect heading into the 2022 draft, as the Kingston Frontenacs center has racked up an impressive 30 points in 22 games this season, good enough for a 1.36 points-per-game pace, after earning CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year honors in 2019-20.
Wright also led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 U-18 World Championship, serving as team captain, before representing his country once again at the 2022 World Junior Championship in Red Deer before the event was unfortunately canceled.
If selected first overall, Wright would be the first member of the Kingston Frontenacs to ever be chosen with the top pick.
Below Wright on the North American rankings is United States Development Program center Logan Cooley at number two, Winnipeg Ice centers Matt Savoie and Conor Geekie at numbers three and four, and Saginaw Spirit defender Pavel Mintyukov rounding out the top-five.
On the international rankings, Finnish forward Joakim Kemmel stands above his peers, and for good reason.
Kemmel currently leads all rookies in the Finnish Elite League in goals with 12, having also led his team's junior affiliate in points the year before. Kemmel was selected to the Finnish National Team for the 2022 World Junior Championship, playing in both of his country's games before the tournament was ended prematurely.
The rest of the international top-five consists of Slovak Juraj Slafkovsky at number two, Russian forward Danila Yurov at number three, Czech defender David Jiricek at number four, and Kemmel's teammate, Brad Lambert at number five.
Tyler Brennan of the WHL's Prince George Cougars is the top-ranked North American goaltending prospect, while Finnish netminder Topias Leinonen is number one on the international side.
The 2022 NHL entry draft is set to take place on Jul. 7-8 in Montreal.