Craig’s List: Wright leads forward-heavy Top 10
Shane Wright has long been regarded the crown jewel of this year’s prospect class, but teams looking for help up front have plenty of intriguing players to monitor this season.
The Kingston Frontenacs centre continues to be the clear leader of what is shaping up to be a forward-heavy top 10 in the November edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Wright has six goals and 18 points through the first 14 games of the Ontario Hockey League season and remains hockey’s the best all-around prospect.
“Precision is the word that comes to mind when I watch Wright play,” said TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. “He has all the tools to be a Patrice Bergeron-type at the next level.”
Logan Cooley of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team, another centre known for his play at both ends of the ice, sits second on the November list.
“Cooley is a terrific two-way centre who combines high-end skill with a high motor,” Button said of the Notre Dame commit.
Finnish right wing Joakim Kemell has jumped up to third in our rankings (up from No. 7 in September) after rocketing out of the gate with 12 goals and 18 points in the first 16 games of JYP’s SM Liiga season.
“He was off to the kind of start you just don’t see from a 17-year-old player in that league,” Button said. “He was leading the scoring race before he got injured. He’ll be out for a few weeks, but he is a dynamic offensive winger.”
Hulking Slovakian centre Juraj Slafkovsky (6-foot-4, 216 pounds) sits fourth, while diminutive Winnipeg Ice forward Matt Savoie (5-foot-9, 177 pounds) is up to fifth after sitting at No. 8 in September.
“Slafkovsky is an imposing centre with skill and will who is only getting better,” Button said.
Savoie has been unstoppable early this season, tied for the scoring lead in the Western Hockey League with 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 18 games for a Winnipeg team that is 17-1-0.
“He’s just so dynamic offensively,” Button said of Savoie. “He continues to progress in a lot of areas of the game where his impact and contributions are becoming greater.”
The first defenceman on the board is No. 6 Simon Nemec, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound right-shot blueliner who plays for HK Nitra of the Slovak Extraliga. He’s followed by a pair of Russian wingers – No. 7 Danila Yurov, a right wing for Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk of the MHL, and No. 8 Ivan Miroshnichenko, a left wing who is playing for Omskie Krylia in Russia’s VHL.
Rounding out Button’s top 10 are Swedish right wing Jonathan Lekkerimaki of Djurgårdens IF J20 (No. 9) and Canadian defenceman Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion (No. 10).
One highly touted player absent from the top group is Finnish right wing Brad Lambert, who was fourth in the first edition of Craig’s List but has dropped to No. 17. Lambert, the son of Canadian former minor-league player Ross Lambert, was the youngest member of Finland’s entry at last year’s World Juniors.
Button attributes the drop of the JYP forward to this being a more comprehensive scouting year after COVID-19 impacted so many leagues around the globe last season.
“This cohort and the potential of the individual players in this class was unknown to a large extent because of the pandemic,” Button said. “What is clear to me is that there are a lot of players with greater potential than Brad that we were previously unaware of.”
Craig's List - November 16
|1||Shane Wright||Kingston (OHL)||C||6'0||185||14||6||18|
|2||Logan Cooley||USA U-18 (USHL)||C||5'10||174||15||9||20|
|3||Joakim Kemell||JYP (SM Liiga)||RW||5'11 ¾||171||16||12||18|
|4||Juraj Slafkovsky||TPS (SM Liiga Jr.)||C/LW||6'3 ½||218||9||6||17|
|5||Matt Savoie||Winnipeg (WHL)||C/RW||5'9||179||18||8||29|
|6||Simon Nemec||Nitra (SVK)||D||6'0||190||15||0||8|
|7||Danila Yurov||Magnitogorsk (KHL)||RW||6'1||178||6||3||12|
|8||Ivan Miroshnichenko||Omsk (VHL)||LW||6'1||185||20||4||9|
|9||Jonathan Lakkerimaki||Djurgardens (SWE J-20)||RW||5'10 ½||165||16||16||25|
|10||Ty Nelson||North Bay (OHL)||D||5'9 ½||195||16||4||15|
|11||Conor Geekie||Winnipeg (WHL)||C||6'3||193||18||6||23|
|12||Liam Öhgren||Djurgardens (SWE J-20)||LW||6'0||187||8||7||13|
|13||David Jiricek||Plzen (CZE)||D||6'3||189||20||4||9|
|14||Frank Nazar||USA U-18 (USHL)||C/RW||5'9 ¾||175||18||7||20|
|15||Alexander Perevalov||Yaroslavl (MHL)||LW||6'0||191||23||17||34|
|16||Jimmy Snuggerud||USA U-18 (USHL)||RW||6'1 ¼||186||18||9||19|
|17||Brad Lambert||JYP (SM Liiga)||RW||6'0 ½||175||15||1||4|
|18||Rutger McGroarty||USA U-18 (USHL)||C||6'0 ¾||203||12||8||18|
|19||Nathan Gaucher||Quebec (QMJHL)||C/RW||6'3||208||17||7||15|
|20||Filip Mesar||Poprad (SVK)||RW||5'10||167||13||4||7|
|21||Cutter Gauthier||USA U-18 (USHL)||LW||6'2||189||18||8||17|
|22||Arseni Koromyslov||St. Petersburg (MHL)||D||6'3||180||14||0||5|
|23||Calle Odelius||Djurgardens (SWE J-20)||D||5'11 ¼||185||17||3||14|
|24||Bryce McConnell-Barker||Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)||C||6'1||187||16||8||12|
|25||Danny Zhilkin||Guelph (OHL)||C/LW||6'0 ½||183||16||6||15|
|26||Aleksanteri Kaskimaki||HIFK (SM Liiga Jr.)||C||5'11 ½||181||17||14||25|
|27||Kevin Korchinski||Seattle (WHL)||D||6'1 ¼||185||14||0||8|
|28||Isaac Howard||USA U-18 (USHL)||LW||5'9 ¾||182||18||8||20|
|29||Marco Kasper||Rögle (SHL)||C||6'1||183||16||4||6|
|30||Matthew Poitras||Guelph (OHL)||C||5'11||173||16||4||13|
|31||Simon Forsmark||Orebro (SWE J-20)||D||6'2||191||19||3||21|
|32||Jack Hughes||Northeastern (NCAA)||C||5'11||165||12||3||5|
|33||Rieger Lorenz||Okotoks (AJHL)||LW||6'1 ½||184||22||12||32|
|34||Gleb Trikozov||Omsk (MHL)||RW||6'1||185||8||7||11|
|35||Jiří Kulich||Karlovy (CZE)||C||5'11 ½||172||20||6||9|
|36||Jani Nyman||Ilves (SM Liiga Jr.)||RW||6'2 ¾||212||3||2||4|
|37||Alexander Suzdalev||HV 71 (SWE J-20)||LW||6'2||172||21||8||23|
|38||Lane Hutson||USA U-18 (USHL)||D||5'8||148||18||1||15|
|39||Jordan Gustafson||Seattle (WHL)||C/LW||5'10 ½||178||14||8||15|
|40||Seamus Casey||USA U-18 (USHL)||D||5'9 ¾||162||18||5||13|
|41||Paul Ludwinski||Kingston (OHL)||LW||5'11||172||14||3||10|
|42||Artyom Duda||Moskva (MHL)||D||6'1||180||30||10||26|
|43||Tristan Luneau||Gatineau (QMJHL)||D||6'1 ½||175||13||1||7|
|44||Ryan Chesley||USA U-18 (USHL)||D||6'0 ¼||187||17||1||4|
|45||Antonin Verreault||Gatineau (QMJHL)||LW||5'8||162||16||3||13|
|46||Hunter Haight||Barrie (OHL)||C/RW||5'10 ½||173||14||4||8|
|47||Elias Salomonsson||Skellefteå (SWE J-20)||D||6'0||172||14||5||10|
|48||Filip Bystedt||Linköping (SWE J-20)||C||6'2 ½||187||14||6||17|
|49||Maverick Lamoreux||Drummondville (QMJHL)||D||6'6 ¾||196||17||0||5|
|50||Ruslan Gazizov||London (OHL)||RW||5'11||185||4||0||7|
|51||Mats Lindgren||Kamloops (WHL)||D||5'10 ¾||173||15||1||9|
|52||Colton Smith||London (OHL)||LW||6'2 ½||207||13||8||13|
|53||Luca Del Bel Belluz||Mississauga (OHL)||C||6'0 ½||178||13||7||15|
|54||Julian Lutz||München (DEL)||LW||6'1 ¾||185||0||0||0|
|55||Jorian Donovan||Hamilton (OHL)||D||6'1||182||15||1||5|
|56||Jake Karabela||Guelph (OHL)||C/LW||5'10 ½||165||16||3||13|
|57||Devin Kaplan||USA U-18 (USHL)||RW||6'2 ¼||199||18||4||14|
|58||Brandon Lisowsky||Saskatoon (WHL)||C/LW||5'8 ¼||171||18||9||12|
|59||David Goyette||Sudbury (OHL)||C||5'10 ½||172||15||4||12|
|60||Mathew Ward||Swift Current (WHL)||C||5'7 ½||156||16||7||19|
|61||Denton Mateychuk||Moose Jaw (WHL)||D||5'11||188||16||2||9|
|62||Spencer Sova||Erie (OHL)||D||6'0||185||13||1||5|
|63||Tyler Brennan||Prince George (WHL)||G||6'4||180||9||2.64||.919|
|64||Owen Beck||Mississauga (OHL)||C||5'11||190||13||5||10|