NHL Draft 2022: Top 15 Left Wingers

This is the continuation of the top-listed prospects for the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft. Left-wingers are important because they usually cover the left side of the ice. The 2022 NHL Draft will take place on Thursday, July 7th for the first round in Montreal, Quebec, at the Bell Centre. The second thru seventh rounds will take place on Friday, July 8th. Who are potentially the top 15 left wingers in the 2022 NHL Draft?

1.Name: Juraj Slafkovsky

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 218 lbs

Last Amateur Club: TPS

League: Finland

Age: 18

Stats: 31 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, plus/minus 1. 18 playoff games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 1.

Scouting Report: He has a ton of upside and has a big body presence and will get in the dirty areas. Slafkovsky is projected to be a Top 2 pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft and can become an elite goal scorer.

NHL Comp: Jaromir Jagr.

2. Name: Cutter Gauthier

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 189 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 22 games, 19 goals, 9 assists, plus/minus 14.

Scouting Report: He will be attending Boston College to play college hockey in the fall. Gauthier is a very strong defensive player on the penalty kill and despite scoring goals, he needs to be wiser with his slot selection but the talent is there.

NHL Comp: Anders Lee.

3. Name: Rutger McGroarty

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 200 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 25 games, 15 goals, 18 assists, plus/minus 24.

Scouting Report. He will be attending the University of Michigan to play college hockey in the fall. McGroarty is very skilled and projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft and could be one of the most polished players in this draft.

NHL Comp: Jake Guentzel.

4. Name: Liam Ohgren

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 187 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Djugarden Jr.

League: Sweden-Jr.

Age: 18

Stats: 30 games, 33 goals, 25 assists, plus/minus 41.

Scouting Report: He has very high offensive upside with his capability of scoring goals and also passing the puck. Ohgren’s hockey IQ is off the charts and dominated play in his league this season.

NHL Comp: Gabriel Landeskog

5. Name: Ivan Miroshnichenko

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 185 lbs

Last Amateur Club: OMSK Krylia

League: Russia-2

Age: 18

Stats: 31 games, 10 goals, 6 assists, plus/minus rating -9.

Scouting Report: He was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and will potentially miss all of next season as well. Miroshnichenko was projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft, but we will see where he gets drafted now and if someone rolls the dice on him. The most important thing is that he makes a full recovery in order to live a normal life.

NHL Comp: N/A

6. Name: Alexander Perevalov

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 191 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Yaroslavl 2

League: Russia-Jr.

Age: 18

Stats: 42 games, 25 goals, 25 assists, plus/minus rating 21.

Scouting Report: He started the season out strong, but faded away as the season went on and that could concern some NHL scouts. Perevalov needs to work on his awareness with the puck, but could be great on the penalty kill though and also has a solid shot and could be a top-6 or top-9 player at the next level one day.

NHL Comp: N/A

7. Name: Gleb Trikozov

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 185 lbs

Last Amateur Club: OMSK 2

League: Russia-Jr.

Age: 17

Stats: 35 games, 23 goals, 22 assists, plus/minus rating 14. Playoffs, 13 games, 10 goals, 8 assists, plus/minus rating 10.

Scouting Report: His offensive potential is through the roof. Gleb Trikozov is an offensive star waiting to happen but the knock on him is his defensive game and if he isn’t scoring goals or creating plays for his teammates, he might not be useful.

NHL Comp: William Nylander

8. Name: Isaac Howard

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 182 lbs

Last Amateur Club: USA U-18

League: NTDP

Age: 18

Stats: 27 games, 11 goals, 26 assists, plus/minus rating 18.

Scouting Report: He is an excellent forward who is gifted with his offensive instincts. Isaac Howard is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for next season for collegiate hockey and is developing his game to be a more complete hockey player.

NHL Comp: N/A

9. Name: Rieger Lorenz

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 184 lbs

Last Amateur Club: OKOTOKS

League: AJHL

Age: 18

Stats: 60 games, 38 goals, 47 assists, plus/minus rating even. Playoffs 14 games played 2 goals, 9 assists, plus/minus rating even.

Scouting Report: He is more than a one-dimensional player. Lorenz also plays a very well-rounded two-way game.

NHL Comp: Jesper Bratt.

10. Name: Reid Schaefer

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 213 lbs

Last Amateur Club: Seattle

League: WHL

Age: 18.

Stats: 66 games, 32 goals, 26 assists, plus/minus rating 29. Playoffs, 12 games played, 5 goals, 9 assists, plus/minus rating 10.

Scouting Report: Schaefer is a hit-or-miss player. There are various times when he isn’t noticeable on the ice.

NHL Comp: N/A

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