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 7.5 C
2. Ville Husso Europe 7.0 C
3. Pheonix Copley Pro 7.0 C
4. Luke Opilka CHL 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Danny Kristo Pro 7.5 D
2. Ty Rattie Pro 7.5 D
3. Austin Poganski NCAA 7.0 C
4. Jaedon Descheneau CHL 6.5 C
5. Dwyer Tschantz NCAA 6.5 D
6. Cody Beach Pro 6.0 C
7. C.J. Yakimowicz CHL 6.0 C
8. Sam Kurker NCAA 6.0 D
9. Jacob Doty Pro 5.5 C

Left Wing

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

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ivan Barbashev Pro 7.5 C
2. Zack Phillips Pro 7.0 D
3. Glenn Gawdin CHL 6.5 C
4. Adam Musil CHL 6.5 C
5. Justin Selman Pro 6.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jordan Schmaltz Pro 7.5 C
2. Vince Dunn CHL 7.5 C
3. Tommy Vannelli Pro 7.5 D
4. Santeri Saari Europe 7.0 D
5. Petteri Lindbohm Pro 6.5 B
6. Jake Walman NCAA 6.5 B
7. Jani Hakanpaa Europe 6.5 C
8. Dmitrii Sergeev CHL 6.5 C
9. Niko Mikkola Europe 6.5 C
10. Richard Nedomlel Pro 5.5 C

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