Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Strong character players
  • Two-way awareness among forwards
  • Offensive, puck-moving defensemen
  • Very few shutdown defenders
  • Little high-end scoring potential from forward group
  • Depth at left wing in the minors

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
2. Aaron Dell Pro 6.5 D
3. Jake Kupsky NCAA 6.5 D
4. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C
5. Mike Robinson Junior 6.0 D
6. Joel Rumpel Pro 5.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Timo Meier CHL 8.0 C
2. Nikolay Goldobin Pro 7.5 C
3. Joonas Donskoi Pro 7.0 C
4. Kevin Labanc CHL 7.0 D
5. Daniil Tarasov Europe 6.5 F
6. Noah Rod Europe 6.0 C
7. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 D
8. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.0 F
9. Chris Crane Pro 3.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Jevpalovs Pro 7.0 D
2. Rudolfs Balcers Europe 7.0 D
3. Dylan Sadowy CHL 6.5 C
4. Adam Helewka CHL 6.5 C
5. Emil Galimov Europe 6.5 F
6. Petter Emanuelsson Pro 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.0 C
2. Rourke Chartier CHL 7.0 C
3. Jeremy Langlois Pro 6.0 C
4. Marcus Vela NCAA 5.5 C
5. Colin Blackwell NCAA 5.5 D
6. Jake Jackson NCAA 4.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mirco Mueller Pro 7.5 C
2. Jeremy Roy CHL 7.5 D
3. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
4. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 7.0 C
5. Julius Bergman Pro 7.0 D
6. Karlis Cukste Junior 6.5 C
7. Cavan Fitzgerald CHL 6.5 D
8. Adam Parsells Junior 6.5 F
9. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
10. Patrick McNally Pro 6.0 D
11. Joakim Ryan Pro 6.0 D
12. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
13. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

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