2022 NHL prospect pool rankings – [Update News]

Welcome to the 2022 edition of my annual ranking of every NHL team’s prospect pools.

The 31-day project will determine the NHL team with the most prospects. This page will be updated daily between Jan. 10 and Feb. 9. More than 100,000 words will be spent evaluating more than 500 prospects.

I have tried to include quotes and insights from these sources throughout the article. However, the evaluations and rankings themselves (both of individual prospects and each team’s farm system overall) are strictly my own. These assessments are the result of many viewings and conversations over several years. In cases where my contact with a prospect was limited, I have spoken up and relied on others more.

In the interest of evaluating only prospects who I believe have even a remote chance at the NHL, the rankings are capped at a maximum of 20 players per organization (though a little more than a dozen of the league’s 32 teams will have honourable mentions beyond that number). The pools with the lowest league rankings will have fewer players. It can be assumed when a player isn’t on my list that I don’t believe he has NHL upside.

In order to be considered for inclusion, skaters must:

Less than 23 years old. We know that players who turn 23 are likely to have stopped the upward trajectory we see in prospects.

A non-full-time NHL player. This is an arbitrary part of the criteria. Here I trust my judgment about whether or not a rostered NHL hockey player is likely to bounce around between levels more than any pre-determined games cutoff. The preference for being included as an NHL prospect will be more given to teens than to 22-year olds.