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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Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Artemi Panarin’s 25 goals is three more than Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel in the 2015-16 NHL rookie goal-scoring standings (courtesy of Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin — the leading scorer amongst all rookies — takes over the top spot from the Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for February. But the big development is the scoring exploits of pre-season favorite Connor McDavid and Philadelphia Flyers‘ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, which have made the race a four-player contest. Read more»

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Throughout the NHL, young players are making a major impact for their franchises as teams are relying upon youth to lead their teams into the playoffs. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Rickard Rakell, Joel Armia, and Robby Fabbri are featured with highlight-reel goals. Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has his shot blocked and you won’t believe who did it. Plenty more highlights including a fun look at Dan Girardi’s pirate impression, and one SHL goalie who likes to have some fun post-game. Read more»

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The 2015 NHL Draft saw six defensemen from Finland selected for only the second time since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 2004. Though none of those players were selected in the top two rounds — as current Pittsburgh Penguin Olli Maatta was in the 2012 draft class that was previously the largest — the 2015 draft class has increased the number of NHL-drafted defensemen playing in Liiga. This has helped to expand this list to a top 10 after listing just five players last year. Read more»

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Photo: 2016 prospects Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67’s and Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires go head-to-head in OHL action this weekend with one month left in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

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