I have hesitated to do early draft rankings during these pandemic years because everything has been so up in the air and development curves have been so drastically impacted. I got a little bit of comfort recently when talking to an NHL exec who pointed out how ‘off’ the OHL seems this season – completely understandable given that last year’s campaign was cancelled.

Having said that, y’all love draft rankings and who am I to deprive you of an initial look at the 2022 field? Maybe I’m wild here, but the following is a first shot at what the first round might look like when we all blessedly gather for in-person festivities in Montreal this summer (fingers crossed).

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