2022 OHL Draft Ranking: December’s Top-50

Normalcy.

It has been terrific to see a return to it this year, as the best and brightest players in minor hockey have returned to their second homes — the rink. After missing all of the 2020-21 season due to the ongoing pandemic, players with aspirations of one day playing in the N.H.L. have returned to the ice, and with them parents, family, fans and scouts to the seats to watch. And to say that the 2021-22 minor hockey season to date as failed to disappoint would be a massive understatement. Games are being played with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, a reality which has made this campaign to date and incredibly exciting one to watch.

One other factor which has contributed to the excitement we have all witnessed on the ice this year is the immense quality of competition which we are fortunate to witness. This year’s draft class, those born in 2006 and eligible for the 2022 OHL Priority Selection, are as talented and unique as they are in position and region. There are a breadth of incredibly skilled players set to hear their names called in the 2022 OHL Draft, so much so that this — our initial ranking of the season — was woefully difficult to assemble. For example, the likes of Nathan Villeneuve, Michael Hage, Benjamin Cormier, Henry Mews and Malcolm Spence all stand atop this year’s crop… good luck determining which of those players is superior to the others!

Moreover, there are a handful of prospects who hold first-round talent who we have ranked outside of the top-20 for the time being. This class is simply that deeply skilled. With this all being said, jump into our first 2022 OHL Draft ranking of the 2021-22 season. Due to the depth of this year’s class, we’ve also included 25 honourable mentions. These 25 youngsters just missed cracking the top-50 overall, and should be watched closely in the weeks and months ahead as their respective games continue to develop.

Keep in mind that this ranking, coming relatively close to halfway point the season, is still a very early one. We expect this ranking to change dramatically and for new players to be added in the near future.

Have a happy and healthy holidays, everyone!

The Top-50 Prospects

Rank:Player:Team:Position:
1Nathan VilleneuveNavan Grads (HEO)C
2Michael HageToronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)C
3Benjamin CormierNavan Grads (HEO)C
4Henry MewsToronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)D
5Malcolm SpenceMississauga Senators (GTHL)C
6Jack Van Volsen Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)LW
7Beckett SenneckeToronto Marlboros (GTHL)C
8Luca Testa Niagara North Stars (SCTA)W
9Cole Beaudoin Nepean Raiders (HEO)C
10Bode StewartMississauga Senators (GTHL)W
11Liam GreentreeMarkham Majors (GTHL)C
12Riley Patterson Mississauga Senators (GTHL)RW
13Leo SerlinToronto Marlboros (GTHL)F
14Ethan ProcyszynNorth Central Predators (ETA)C
15Caden KellyMississauga Senators (GTHL)RW
16Justin HuynhMississauga Senators (GTHL)D
17Lucas Karmiris Brantford 99ers (Alliance)C
18Parker ForlinNiagara North Stars (SCTA)F
19Frankie MarrelliMarkham Waxers (ETA)D
20Marek VanackerBrantford 99ers (Alliance)F
21Nathan Aspinall Markham Waxers (ETA)F
22Broden McConnell-BarkerLondon Jr. Knights (Alliance)D
23Andrew Vermeulen Niagara North Stars (SCTA)F
24Jay FeldbergToronto Marlboros (GTHL)F
25Braedyn RogersQuinte Red Devils (ETA)D
26Jett LuchankoLondon Jr. Knights (Alliance)F
27William EggletonMississauga Senators (GTHL)F
28Philip RobertoMississauga Senators (GTHL)D
29Xavier BeauchampPembroke Lumber Kings (HEO)D
30Gabriel Frasca Mississauga Senators (GTHL)F
31Christopher SoaresHalton Hurricanes (SCTA)F
32Beckett EwartQuinte Red Devils (ETA) F
33Antonio TersigniToronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)F
34Zayne ParekhMarkham Majors (GTHL)D
35Porter MartoneToronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)F
36Sam O’ReillyVaughan Kings (GTHL)F
37Anthony CristoforoToronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)D
38Caton Ryan Carlton Place Canadians (HEO)F
39Kieron WaltonNorth York Rangers (GTHL)C
40Antonio CerqueMarkham Majors (GTHL)W
41Ethan MacDonaldAjax-Pickering Raiders (ETA)F
42Jacob TherrienClarington Toros (ETA)F
43Jack GoodMarkham Waxers (ETA)F
44Tate VaderHuron-Perth Lakers (Alliance)F
45Danny ThomakosRichmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)F
46Hudson GillBurlington Eagles (SCTA)D
47Roarke GilmourKemptville 73’s (HEO)D
48Tyler O’TooleMississauga Rebels (GTHL)D
49Ryserson LeendersToronto Young Nationals (GTHLG
50Justin BottineauToronto Marlboros (GTHL)F

25 Honourable Mentions

These 25 honourable mentions are listed in alphabetical order.

Rank:Player:Team:Position:
HMNate BrentnellRichmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)F
HMJacob Brunton Nichols School (16U)F
HMKarsen ChartierNorth York Rangers (GTHL)G
HMJack DeanMarkham Majors (GTHL)F
HMNolan DonnellyQuinte Red Devils (ETA)F
HMHayden DuncanLambton Jr. Sting (Alliance)G
HMClark DunfordHamilton Jr. Bulldogs (SCTA)RW
HMLucas EllinasNorth York Rangers (GTHL)F
HMAndrew GaultonMarkham Majors (GTHL)G
HMAnthony GiacaloneMarkham Majors (GTHL)C
HMNate GravelleNorth Bay Trappers (GNML)F
HMCarson HallMarkham Majors (GTHL)F
HMOwen KingBrantford 99ers (Alliance)F
HMDean LetourneauRenfrew Wolves (HEO)F
HMEvan MailletMississauga Senators (GTHL)G
HMEthan MorrisSudbury Nickel Capitals (GNML)F
HMVincent OuelletOHA U18 (HEOG
HMLogan SawyerVaughan Kings (GTHL)F
HMNathan SchaapNorth Central Predators (ETA)D
HMAidan ScheererGuelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA)G
HMLandon SimecBarrie Colts (ETA)G
HMJustin Tavares Vaughan Kings (GTHL)F
HMEthan TomsQuinte Red Devils (ETA)F
HMLuke TuinNiagara North Stars (SCTA)D
HMMasen WrayNorth Bay Trappers (GNML)F

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