Four Ontario Junior Hockey League players are on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft that was released today :

  • Defencemen Jack Sparkes (71), of the St. Michael’s Buzzers in Toronto, and George Fegaras (91), of the North York Rangers, are rated in the third round

  • Centre Lucas Buzziol (167) of the Milton Menace is ranked in the sixth round

  • Harrison Ballard (199), a centre with the Wellington Dukes, is rated in the seventh round

Sparkes is committed to Michigan State, Fegaras to Cornell and Ballard to UMass.

Fourteen players currently on Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) rosters cracked the list. The OJHL had the most players on the list of all leagues in the CJHL

The rankings feature the top 224 skaters and 32 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 135 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally.

In its 47th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time scouts throughout North America.

The 22-team OJHL is the largest sanctioned Jr. A league in Canada.