The last month or so has been an absolute insane process of attempting to evaluate prospect talent. Between postponed and cancelled games in all major leagues across North America and Europe and the abrupt cancellation of the World Junior Championship, there have been few opportunities to evaluate talent well.

That being said, some players took advantage of limited World Junior games and league play. Here are a few thoughts on some of those players and my top 32 for January.

Shane Wright

Wright played a pre-tournament game for Canada and two round-robin games before the tournament ended. Wright was fairly quiet in a support role for Canada. He was considered an under-age player in the tournament, so a “quiet” three games aren’t a red flag.  It didn’t help matters that 2023 Draft front-runner Connor Bedard took the tournament by storm and caused fans and scouts alike to compare the two. Regardless, Wright is still the undisputed number one prospect in this draft in my books.

Brad Lambert

Unlike Wright, Lambert had a lot to prove at the World Juniors. He has struggled this year and was a question mark to even make the team. However, in limited games, Lambert showed why he is still in consideration as a top 10 prospect. Lambert put up 5 points in 2 games and showed amazing playmaking prowess. He remains in my top 10 for January.

Juraj Slafkovsky

Slafkovsky has been hyped all season and affirmed the hype with a strong World Juniors, though he had no points in two games.  Slafkovsky showed a very mature game, using his size well and showed excellent hands and overall skill. His ability to make plays in tight and use his reach to break-up plays defensively stood out. He solidified himself in my top 10 with a strong showing.

Here are my top 32 Prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft for January.

Rank Position and Name Height and Weight Team and League
1. C Shane Wright 6’1 188 Kingston (OHL)
2. C Matthew Savoie 5’9 180 Winnipeg (WHL)
3. C Brad Lambert 6’0 180 JYP (FIN)
4. C Logan Cooley 5’10 174 US NTDP (USHL)
5. W Joakim Kemell 5’11 180 JYP (FIN)
6. W Juraj Slafkovsky 6’4 225 TPS (FIN)
7. D Simon Nemec 6’1 192 HK Nitra (SLO)
8. C Conor Geekie 6’4 205 Winnipeg (WHL)
9. W Danila Yurov 6’1 172 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
10. W Ivan Miroshnichenko 6’1 185 MHL (Russia)
11. D David Jiricek 6’4 176 HC Plzn (CZE)
12. D Seamus Casey 5’10 162 US NTDP (USHL)
13. D Ryan Chesney 6’0 194 US NTDP (USHL)
14. C/W Frank Nazar 5’10 174 US NTDP (USHL)
15. C Jack Hughes 6’0 165 Northeastern (NCAA)
16. D Dante Mateychuk 5’11 192 Moose Jaw (WHL)
17. D Ty Nelson 5’8 172 North Bay (OHL)
18. W Isaac Howard 5’10 183 US NTDP (USHL)
19. W Cutter Gauthier 6’3 190 US NTDP (USHL)
20. C/W Rutger McGroarty 6’1 204 US NTDP (USHL)
21. W Marco Kasper 5’10 176 Rogle (SWE)
22. C/W Jonathan Lekkerimaki  5’11 172 Djurgardens (SWE)
23. C/W Noah Ostlund 5’10 160 Djurgardens (SWE)
24. W Filip Mesar 5’9 165 SLO
25. W Gleb Trikozov 6’1 185 MHL (RUS)
26. D Lane Hutson 5’8 150 US NDTP (USHL)
27. D Owen Pickering 6’5 180 Swift Current (WHL)
28. C/W Nathan Gaucher 6’3 207 Quebec (QMJHL)
29. W Liam Ohgren 6’0 190 Djurgardens (SWE)
30. D Tristan Luneua 6’2 174 Gatineau (QMJHL)
31. D Elias Salomonsson 6’1 161 Skelleftea (SWE)
32. D Mattias Havelid 5’10 172 Linkoping (SWE)