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

Legend of Players' Leagues
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. Barclay Goodrow Pro 6.0 B
7. Petter Emanuelsson Pro 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chris Tierney Pro 7.5 C
2. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.0 C
3. Rourke Chartier CHL 7.0 C
4. Jeremy Langlois Pro 6.0 C
5. Marcus Vela NCAA 5.5 C
6. Colin Blackwell NCAA 5.5 D
7. 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. Adam Parsells Junior 6.5 F
8. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
9. Patrick McNally Pro 6.0 D
10. Joakim Ryan Pro 6.0 D
11. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
12. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

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Colin Blackwell - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Colin Blackwell is currently ranked fifth in scoring on the Crimson roster (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)

The 2012-13 season has been a tough one so far for the Harvard Crimson. And with a host of injuries and the loss of four key sophomores earlier in the year, it has made the challenge of climbing out of the ECAC basement that much more difficult. It has also forced players such as sophomore Colin Blackwell to take on expanded or different roles.

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Defensemen lead the charge in San Jose Sharks minor league system

by Craig Fischer

Travis Oleksuk - Worcester Sharks

Photo: Center Travis Oleksuk is one of the Sharks' 2012 free agent signings that has struggled to make a consistent impact in his rookie season at the AHL level. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Worcester Sharks and San Francisco Bulls probably did not benefit as a whole due to the lockout as much as other AHL and ECHL organizations, but the individual San Jose Sharks prospects on the teams have made tremendous strides so far in the 2012-13 season. Injuries have slowed down development, but generally the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 has shown great improvement in the Shark’s prospect pool thanks in part to these AHL and ECHL players.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Connor Murphy and Sean Kuraly, USA

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Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and Phoenix Coyotes prospect Connor Murphy has been a solid defensive presence for Team USA at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

After dropping a couple of tight, low-scoring encounters to rivals Russia and Canada, Team USA appears to have gotten their offense in gear the past couple of games.  The USA has scored 16 times in those two games, against Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while giving up just three goals.

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

by HF Staff

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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Defensemen and depth forwards featured in San Jose Sharks group of CHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
Chris Tierney - London Knights

Photo: Chris Tierney has been a key defensive forward and a leader at the faceoff dot for the OHL's London Knights in 2012-13. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The San Jose Sharks have six prospects developing at the junior level. While that number is small in comparison to other organizations, it is a case of quality versus quantity for the Sharks. The group consists of three defenders, two centers, and a goalie. All of them could be considered dark horse prospects at their time of acquisition but they continue to develop and surprise.

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