Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Defense
  • Goaltending depth
Weaknesses
  • Lack of depth on the wings

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Calvin Pickard Pro 7.0 C
2. Sami Aittokallio Pro 7.0 C
3. Spencer Martin CHL 6.5 C
4. Maximilian Pajpach Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Magyar CHL 7.0 D
2. Garrett Meurs Pro 6.5 D
3. Borna Rendulic Europe 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Andrew Agozzino Pro 6.5 C
2. Alexis Pepin CHL 6.5 D
3. Paul Carey Pro 6.0 D
4. Trevor Cheek Pro 6.0 D
5. Julien Nantel CHL 6.0 D
6. Dennis Everberg Pro 6.0 D
7. Samuel Henley CHL 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joey Hishon Pro 7.0 C
2. Michael Sgarbossa Pro 7.0 C
3. Conner Bleackley CHL 7.0 C
4. Troy Bourke CHL 6.5 C
5. Colin Smith Pro 6.5 C
6. Mitchell Heard Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chris Bigras CHL 7.5 C
2. Duncan Siemens Pro 7.0 C
3. Stefan Elliott Pro 7.0 C
4. Kyle Wood CHL 7.0 D
5. Mason Geertsen CHL 6.5 C
6. Will Butcher NCAA 6.5 C
7. Wilhelm Westlund Europe 6.5 D
8. Cody Corbett CHL 6.5 D
9. Anton Lindholm Europe 6.5 D
10. Gabriel Beaupre Pro 6.0 D
11. Markus Lauridsen Pro 6.0 D
12. Ben Storm Junior 6.0 D

Colorado Avalanche’s minor-league affiliate led by offensive defensemen

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Photo: Former first-rounder Joey Hishon is still suffering post-concussion syndrome and has yet to suit up for a game in the 2011-12 season. Having been out for eight months already, there is growing concern regarding Hishon's hockey career. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Lake Erie Monsters are in their fifth year as the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. They currently stand at third in the North Division of the Western Conference with a 16-15-1-1 record. Like many teams in the AHL this season, the Monsters have seen a great deal of players shuttle back and forth between the AHL and NHL, the most notable being Stefan Elliot, who looks as though he may be staying in the NHL for the remainder of the season.

Tyson Barrie, D, 20
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Colorado Avalanche possess slew of bruising defenders in junior

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Photo: A late round pick in 2011, Garret Meurs has shown improved consistency early on in the 2011-12 season. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have six prospects honing their skills at the junior level, comprised of one player in the OHL, two in the QMJHL in the WHL, and three in the WHL.

OHL

Stephen Silas, D, Belleville Bulls
Acquired: 4th round (95th overall) in 2010

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Colorado Avalanche Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

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Photo: Duncan Siemens possesses all of the tools to one day be a top four NHL defenseman. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

With a propensity to draft players from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL, Colorado Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman has assembled a wealth of skilled prospects who either continue to refine their game in the Canadian Hockey League, or have moved on to playing with Colorado's AHL-affiliated Lake Erie Monsters. Fewer in number are the Avalanche's prospects currently honing their craft in the NCAA or in Europe, but they do have several with the potential to be serviceable NHL players in the not-so-distant-future.

Position-wise, the Avalanche can boast about having a system that is arguably the richest in talent along the blue line, in addition to a promising plethora of young game-changers between the pipes. Up front, the Avalanche have considerably less depth, but they may still have a couple of future stars on their hands.

Left Wing
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Gabriel Landeskog assumes top role in Colorado’s fall Top-20

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Photo: Gabriel Landeskog will look to make an impact in the NHL with the Avalanche right away. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

With a couple of first-round draft picks among the top 11 selections in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche's top 20 prospects has changed dramatically over the past six months. The updated rankings include a pair of new faces in the top two positions in Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens. Fourth-round pick Joachim Nermark also makes his debut, while Ryan Stoa and Justin Mercier make the biggest downward slides.

1. (NR) Gabriel Landeskog, RW, 8.0C
Drafted 1st round, 2nd overall, 2011

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Colorado Avalanche 2011 draft review

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Photo: With their second pick in the first round, the Avalanche selected defenseman Duncan Siemens 11th overall. (photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Following a 29th place finish in 2010-11, the Colorado Avalanche were awarded the second overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft – their highest draft pick since the now-defunct Quebec Nordiques selected Eric Lindros with the first overall pick in 1991. A midseason trade with the St. Louis Blues saw general manager Greg Sherman acquire another early first-round selection. In addition to the two picks in the first, the Avalanche had just four more picks over the remaining six rounds.

In his third draft as Colorado's general manager, Sherman added three forwards, each of whom is capable of playing the wing, and three defensemen to the Avalanche's system.

Gabriel Landeskog, RW – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
1st round, 2nd overall
Height: 6'0 Weight: 207 lbs

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