The final NHL Central Scouting report is out for 2022.

Okotoks Oiler forward Rieger Lorenz is ranked 17th among North American skaters.

That's a jump from 24th at the midterm mark.

It means he has a good chance of going in the first round of the NHL draft.

Lorenz is coming off a great rookie season with the Oilers of the AJHL, capturing the league's Rookie of the Year Award.

He also managed four assists at the recent U-18 men's world championships in Germany.

The 2022 draft is set for the Bell Centre in Montreal, with the first round July 7 and rounds 2-7 on July 8.