On Wednesday, NHL Central Scouting presented its “midterm ranking” ahead of the NHL Entry Draft 2022, ie the organization’s ranking after just over half of the 2021-22 season was played. At the top of the North American rankings we find, unsurprisingly, the super promise Shane Wright (OHL) – while the Finnish sniper Joakim Kemell (Liiga) pinches the first place among European outdoor players.
Among the goalkeepers is Tyler Brennan (WHL) at the top among North Americans, while the best European in the ranking is Topias Leinonen (Liiga).
From a Swedish perspective, several players are high on the lists. At the top among outdoor players we find the Djurgården trio Jonathan Lekkerimäki, Liam Öhgren and Calle Odelius. Lekkerimäki and Öhgren are forwards, while Odelius is back.
Lekkerimäki, who is ranked ninth among European outfielders, has accounted for 33 points (18 + 15) in 24 matches for Djurgården’s J20 team this season, and three points (2 + 1) in ten matches for Djurgården in the SHL.
Öhgren, who is ranked eleventh among European outfielders, has accounted for 28 points (18 + 10) in 16 matches for Djurgården’s J20 team, but also two points (1 + 1) in 21 matches for DIF in the SHL.
Odelius, who is ranked 13th among European outfielders, has accounted for 20 points (3 + 17) in 27 matches for Djurgården’s J20 team, and yet no points in seven matches for Djurgården in the SHL.
Ian Blomquist, from Västerås IK, is ranked as the best Swedish goalkeeper. Blomquist is ranked as the second best goalkeeper promise before the NHL Entry Draft 2022, only behind Leinonen.