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
5. Roman Will Europe 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Magyar CHL 7.0 D
2. Garrett Meurs Pro 6.0 D
3. Borna Rendulic Pro 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 B
4. Trevor Cheek Pro 6.0 D
5. Julien Nantel CHL 6.0 D
6. Dennis Everberg Pro 6.0 D
7. Samuel Henley Pro 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 Pro 6.5 C
5. Colin Smith Pro 6.5 C
6. Mitchell Heard Pro 6.0 D

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 Pro 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 NCAA 6.0 D

Colorado Avalanche minor league system flush with defensive talent and depth forwards

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Michael Sgarbossa - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Playing in his rookie pro season, Michael Sgarbossa was leading the Lake Erie Monsters in scoring when he was called up to the NHL club on January 29th. (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

 
The depth and talent developing at the pro level is an organizational strength for the Colorado Avalanche. Players like Michael Sgarbossa, Mark Olver, and Tyson Barrie got off to strong starts in the AHL and are now making an impact for the Avs in 2013. Meanwhile prospects Stefan Elliott, Brad Malone, and Cameron Gaunce are knocking on the door and are more than ready to step in as injury replacements this season.

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Several Colorado Avalanche prospects finding success in junior leagues

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Troy Bourke - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Winger Troy Bourke, currently ranked second on the Prince George Cougars in scoring, is one of the Avalanche prospects that is making his mark at the junior level during the 2012-13 campaign. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 
The Colorado Avalanche currently have eight players developing in the junior league ranks, including their second first-round draft pick from the 2011 NHL Draft, defenseman Duncan Siemens, who joined Team Canada for the 2012 Subway Super Series with Team Russia but was left off of the World Junior roster in Ufa.

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Goaltending and defense the strengths of Colorado Avalanche prospect system

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Cameron Gaunce - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Cameron Gaunce is one of several experienced defensive prospects in the Avalanche prospect pool on the verge of making the NHL. (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

 
With players like Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene quickly ascending to the pro ranks, it is easy to see why the Colorado Avalanche’s prospect cupboards might be a bit bare. On the surface that is certainly the case, but if you dig a little deeper and poke around, you can see that there is at least a little depth to be had at every position – even the ones that do not appear to have it.

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Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets feature improved prospect pool after busy off-season

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Ryan Murray - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Though the Columbus Blue Jackets added several important prospects this past off-season, none were more prominent than defenseman Ryan Murray, who was selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Below is the bottom third of the NHL Team Rankings in terms of prospects as voted on by Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.

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Colorado Avalanche prospects poised to make an impact in 2012-13

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Mark Olver - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Although he is stuck in the AHL with Lake Erie so far this season, Mark Olver is among the most NHL-ready prospects in the Colorado Avalanche system. (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)


Despite having a rather shallow system outside of the pro ranks, the Colorado Avalanche slowly amassed one of the deepest pools of professional prospects in the NHL. From Stefan Elliott to Michael Sgarbossa and Mark Olver, the team has a wealth of pro prospects able to make the jump to the NHL when called upon. Throw in four goaltending prospects in the minors with the potential to play in the NHL, and the upcoming season promises to be worth watching for the Avs' prospects.

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