Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Strong character players
  • Two-way awareness among forwards
  • Offensive, puck-moving defensemen
Weaknesses
  • 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
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. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
2. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C
3. J.P. Anderson Pro 5.5 B

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolay Goldobin CHL 7.5 D
2. Daniil Tarasov Pro 7.0 F
3. Eriah Hayes Pro 6.5 C
4. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 D
5. Kevin Labanc CHL 6.0 D
6. Max Gaede NCAA 3.0 B
7. Chris Crane Pro 3.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tye McGinn Pro 7.0 C
2. Gabryel Boudreau CHL 7.0 F
3. Emil Galimov Europe 6.5 D
4. Barclay Goodrow CHL 6.0 C
5. Petter Emanuelsson Europe 6.0 D
6. Dylan Sadowy CHL 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tomas Hertl Pro 8.0 B
2. Chris Tierney CHL 7.5 C
3. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.5 D
4. Rylan Schwartz Pro 7.0 D
5. Cody Ferriero NCAA 6.5 C
6. Noah Rod Europe 6.5 C
7. Travis Oleksuk Pro 6.5 D
8. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.5 D
9. Sean Kuraly NCAA 6.0 B
10. Freddie Hamilton Pro 6.0 B
11. Rourke Chartier CHL 6.0 C
12. Colin Blackwell NCAA 4.0 B
13. Jake Jackson Junior 2.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Tennyson Pro 7.5 C
2. Mirco Mueller CHL 7.5 C
3. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
4. Konrad Abeltshauser Pro 7.0 C
5. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 7.0 C
6. Julius Bergman Europe 7.0 C
7. Joakim Ryan NCAA 6.0 C
8. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
9. Isaac MacLeod NCAA 6.0 D
10. Taylor Doherty Pro 6.0 D
11. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
12. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

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