NHL 22 Player Ratings: Best Young Right Wingers

Here’s your rundown of the best young RWs in NHL 22’s Franchise Mode and who you should acquire to guarantee that you’re team has a star on the right wing.

Ideally the main goal scorer for a team, the first line’s right winger often has the best shot on the team, making them the target for the team’s top playmakers. Of course, that’s not to say that the vision of a classy playmaker or the physicality of a power forward isn’t also welcomed down the right flank.

Finding a top RW in Franchise Mode to build your attack around for years to come, regardless of your team’s contending status, is key to maintaining long-term success. So, here are the best young right wingers in NHL 22.

Choosing NHL 22’s best young right wingers

This page will look at the best up-and-coming right wings in NHL 22, with Andrei Svechnikov, Kaapo Kakko, and Philip Tomasino making an appearance. Only those whose primary position is right wing and are 21-years-old at the most were chosen, with them all sorted by their potential.

At the bottom of the page, you will find a list of all of the best young right wings in NHL 22.

1. Andrei Svechnikov, 87 OVR (Potential: Elite med)

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age: 21
Position: Right Wing/Left Wing
Type: Sniper
Shoots: Left
Contract: $7.525M, 8 Years Left, One-Way
Best Attributes: 93 Slap Shot Power, 92 Wrist Shot Power, 91 Hand-Eye

A critical part of the Hurricanes’ offence, now and for the next near-decade, Andrei Svechnikov proved himself early as the second-overall pick in 2018 and was rewarded with an eight-year contract in August as an RFA to remain in Carolina.

His ratings in NHL 22 and statistics in real life prove his worth. He is a fiend on offence, with a 93 and 92 in slap and wrist shot power, respectively. He certainly isn’t a slouch with the puck, either, with 91 in hand-eye and puck control to go along with 90 in passing and 89 in deking.

He is entering his fourth season with the Hurricanes. During the 2020/21 season, he played 55 games, netting 27 assists and 15 goals, which includes four powerplay goals and one game-winner.

2. Cole Caufield, 83 OVR (Potential: Elite med)

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age: 20
Position: Right Wing
Type: Sniper
Shoots: Right
Contract: $0.775M, 2 Years Left, Two, Way
Best Attributes: 93 Deking, 92 Acceleration, 92 Agility

Cole Caufield zooms his way onto this list with an Elite med potential rating and a usable 83 overall rating.

He is fast with awesome puck skills, boasting speed of 91 with acceleration and agility of 92. His deking is a ridiculous 93, with hand-eye and puck control at 89 and passing at 88. He could and should be the fulcrum of any attack, particularly on the break.

He spent most of the 2020/21 season with the University of Wisconsin, where he had 30 goals and 22 assists in 31 games. He added four assists and one goal to his record in a ten-game stint with the Canadiens.

3. Kaapo Kakko, 81 OVR (Potential: Elite med)

Team: New York Rangers
Age: 20
Position: Right Wing
Type: Two-Way Forward
Shoots: Left
Contract: $0.925M, 1 Year Left, Two-Way
Best Attributes: 88 Slap Shot Power, 88 Wrist Shot Power, 87 Deking

The second-overall pick of 2019, Kaapo Kakko has also quickly proven himself, with a good amount of potential still left to fulfil in NHL 22, thanks to his Elite med rating.

He is a great shooter with 88 in both power ratings. His accuracies could improve but are still good at 84 for slap shot and 85 for wrist shot. His puck skills are also strong for a young player, with 87 in deking and 85 in hand-eye, passing, and puck control.

Entering his third season with the Rangers, Kakko had nine goals and eight assists in 48 games during the 2020/21 season. In 2019/20, he had 13 assists and ten goals in 66 games.

4. Lucas Raymond, 77 OVR (Potential: Elite med)

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age: 19
Position: Right Wing/Left Wing
Type: Sniper
Shoots: Right
Contract: $0.925M, 3 Years Left, Two-Way
Best Attributes: 86 Speed, 85 Discipline, 85 Durability

The young Lucas Raymond makes his way into the upper-tiers of this list of the best young RWs in NHL 22, hoping to make an impact in his first season with the Detroit Red Wings.

He is a solid skater for a rookie, with good discipline (85) and awareness (offensive 85, defensive 83) ratings. His shot needs improvement, but his deking is 84, passing and puck control 84, and hand-eye 81. He should grow into a solid, if not spectacular, right wing in NHL 22.

In 2020/21, Raymond played 34 games for Frölunda HC, tallying 12 assists and six goals. During 2019/20, he split time with the J20 team, where he had 11 assists and three goals in nine games. With the main club, he had six assists and four goals in 33 games.

5. Alexander Holtz, 77 OVR (Potential: Elite med)

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age: 19
Position: Right Wing
Type: Sniper
Shoots: Right
Contract: $0.925M, 3 Years Left, Two-Way
Best Attributes: 88 Slap Shot Power, 87 Wrist Shot Power, 85 Off. Awareness

The seventh-overall pick from 2020, Alexander Holtz appears among the best young right wings in NHL 22 in hopes of becoming a core feature of the New Jersey Devils before the season is completed.

He is a good offensive threat who should become even better in the coming seasons. He has good shooting ratings with 88 slap shot power, 87 in wrist shot power, and 85 in both accuracies. His offensive awareness is also solid at 85.

During the 2020/21 season, he played 40 games with Djurgårdens IF, scoring seven goals and 11 assists, adding four points in three playoff games. In ten games with the Binghamton Devils, he had two assists and one goal.

6. Philip Tomasino, 70 OVR (Potential: Elite med)

Team: Nashville Predators
Age: 20
Position: Right Wing/Center
Type: Playmaker
Shoots: Right
Contract: $0.865M, 3 Years Left, Two-Way
Best Attributes: 85 Durability, 84 Slap Shot Power, 84 Wrist Shot Power

While Philip Tomasino is the lowest-rated feature player on this list – and only one point higher than the lowest rated in the table below – his potential is very much there at Elite med.

With that in mind, understand that Tomasino will take time to develop before you feel comfortable enough placing him in one of your lines. His shot power is good at 84 each, but his accuracies are mid-70, so those need work. He has decent speed with an 83 in all three speed skills, but his endurance (72) and strength (72) will make it difficult for him to stay on the ice for long stretches.

Playing 29 games for the Chicago Wolves in 2020/21, Tomasino netted 13 goals and 19 assists (and 43 penalty minutes). In 2019/20, he split time with the Niagara IceDogs and Oshawa Generals. With Niagara, he had 35 assists and 22 goals in 36 games. With Oshawa, he had 25 assists and 18 goals in 26 games.

7. Oliver Wahlstrom, 81 OVR (Potential: Top 6 high)

Team: New York Islanders
Age: 21
Position: Right Wing/Center
Type: Sniper
Shoots: Right
Contract: $0.895M, 2 Years Left, Two-Way
Best Attributes: 88 Deking, 88 Slap Shot Power, 88 Wrist Shot Power

The only player without Elite med potential featured atop the list of the best RWs in NHL 22, Oliver Wahlstrom is still a decent target for a long-term right wing. However, he may be closer to his ceiling than the previous six players, including Svechnikov.

Wahlstrom isn’t a slouch, though, particularly in his puck and shooting skills. He has an 88 in deking, 87 in hand-eye, and 86 in passing and puck control. His slap and wrist shot power are both 88, with both accuracy ratings at 87. Aided by an 86 in offensive awareness and 87 in all three speed categories, Wahlstrom is ready to be your offensive catalyst now.

During the 2020/21 season, Wahlstrom had 12 goals and nine assists in 44 games for the Islanders, adding four on the powerplay and one game-winner. In the playoffs, he scored a goal and two assists in five games.

All of the best young right wings in NHL 22

Below, you’ll find all of the best young RWs in NHL 22, sorted by their potential ratings.

Andrei Svechnikov  Elite med8721Right Wing/Left Wing$7.525M, 8 Years Left, One-WayCarolina Hurricanes  
Cole Caufield  Elite med8320Right Wing  $0.775M, 2 Years Left, Two, WayMontreal Canadiens  
Kaapo Kakko  Elite med8120Right Wing  $0.925M, 1 Year Left, Two-WayNew York Rangers  
Lucas RaymondElite med7719Right Wing/Left Wing$0.925M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayDetroit Red Wings  
Alexander Holtz  Elite med7719Right Wing  $0.925M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayNew Jersey Devils  
Philip Tomasino  Elite med7020Right Wing/Center  $0.865M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayNashville Predators  
Oliver Wahlstrom  Top 6 high  8121Right Wing/Center  $0.895M, 2 Years Left, Two-WayNew York Islanders  
Vitali Kravtsov  Top 6 med  7921Right Wing  $0.925M, 1 Year Left, Two-WayNew York Rangers  
Martin Kaut  Top 6 med  7521Right Wing  $0.865M, 2 Years Left, Two-WayColorado Avalanche  
Seth Jarvis  Top 6 med  7019Right Wing  $0.895M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayCarolina Hurricanes  
Jacob Perreault  Top 6 med  6919Right Wing/Center  $0.895M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayAnaheim Ducks  
Jack Quinn  Top 6 med  6920Right Wing/Left Wing$0.895M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayBuffalo Sabres  
Raphael Lavoie  Top 6 med  6920Right Wing/Center  $0.870M, 3 Years Left, Two-WayEdmonton Oilers  
Simon Holmström  Top 6 med  6920Right Wing  $0.865M, 2 Years Left, Two-WayNew York Islanders  
Jesse Ylönen  Top 6 med  6921Right Wing  $0.880M, 2 Years Left, Two-WayMontreal Canadiens  

If you want to secure a future superstar for your right wing, be sure to trade for one of the top young right wingers of NHL 22 listed above.

Bruce Lee

Bruce "Lee" is the Lead Editor for OutsiderGaming. He's a passionate writer, great editor who works tirelessly to develop young writers, and of course a great gamer. Bruce is interested in many games--from MLB the Show to the newest Pokemon releases.
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