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

Right Wing

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

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

Defensemen

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

Lindell’s solid season has him atop list of drafted defensemen playing in Finland

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Joonas Lyytinen - Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: KalPa Kuopio defenseman and Nashville Predators prospect Joonas Lyytinen was one of the better performers for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Finland as a nation has produced several young defensemen in recent years. With many of those players now beginning to make their way in North America, including Dallas Stars‘ rookie Jyrki Jokipakka and St. Louis Blues prospect Petteri Lindbohm, the number of those players still plying their trade in the domestic Liiga has dwindled. Read more»

Matheson, Skjei lead strong crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

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Michael Matheson - Boston College

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Michael Matheson is the captain for the 10th-ranked Eagles in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

For the 2014-15 season, there are 75 NHL-drafted defensemen playing in the NCAA. The 10 drafted defensemen ranked in this article represent six NHL teams, with the Florida Panthers and the St. Louis Blues each having two prospects ranked. The 10 players also represent eight NCAA programs playing in four of the six conferences. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Prospect Faceoff 2/6/15

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid goes head-to-head this weekend against World Junior teammate Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Terry Wilson/OHL Images (R))

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes one of the best matchups in the OHL this season, a look at top goalies facing off against each other in the QMJHL, and two more matchups featuring key prospects for their respective organizations. We also look back at how a game turned out for a pair of talented imports in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikita Scherbak. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Ho-Sang faces top 2015 goaltending prospect, Bulldogs spoil Nylander’s Marlies debut, and more

by David Hahn
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Prospect Faceoff - Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs; Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) and Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (2015) go head-to-head in one of the more interesting NHL prospect matchups this weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes a look at weekend matchups that include a couple of top performers from the 2015 World Juniors, plus interesting NHL prospect head-to-heads in NCAA and SHL play. In addition, we look back at the matchups featured in last week’s PF offering, including the results of William Nylander’s first North American action. Read more»

On the Rush, January 2015

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Nick Shore - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

Welcome to the January 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.

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