Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Scoring potential at both right and left wing
  • Improved depth in goal
Weaknesses
  • Scoring depth at center and defense
  • Depth at left wing needs improvement

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. Jordan Binnington Pro 8.0 D
2. Ville Husso Europe 7.0 C
3. Niklas Lundstrom Pro 7.0 D
4. Luke Opilka NCAA 6.5 C
5. Pheonix Copley Pro 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Danny Kristo Pro 7.5 D
2. Ty Rattie Pro 7.5 D
3. Sam Kurker NCAA 6.5 C
4. Austin Poganski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Jaedon Descheneau CHL 6.5 C
6. Dwyer Tschantz NCAA 6.5 D
7. Cody Beach Pro 6.0 C
8. Sebastian Wannstrom Pro 6.0 C
9. C.J. Yakimowicz CHL 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Yannick Veilleux Pro 6.5 C
2. Ryan Tesink Pro 6.5 C
3. Mackenzie MacEachern NCAA 6.5 C
4. Zach Pochiro CHL 6.5 C
5. Samuel Blais CHL 6.5 D
6. Liam Dunda CHL 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ivan Barbashev CHL 8.0 D
2. Robby Fabbri CHL 7.5 C
3. Max Gardiner NCAA 6.5 C
4. Glenn Gawdin CHL 6.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jordan Schmaltz NCAA 7.5 D
2. Tommy Vannelli CHL 7.5 D
3. Vince Dunn CHL 7.5 D
4. Konrad Abeltshauser Pro 7.0 C
5. Colton Parayko Pro 7.0 D
6. Santeri Saari Europe 7.0 D
7. Jani Hakanpaa Pro 6.5 B
8. Petteri Lindbohm Pro 6.5 B
9. Joel Edmundson Pro 6.5 C
10. Jake Walman NCAA 6.5 C
11. Niko Mikkola Europe 6.5 C

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