Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Size and depth on the blueline
  • Wingers with a wide range of skills
Weaknesses
  • Lack of size, depth down the middle
  • No bonafide power play QB on the blueline
  • Lack of elite goaltending prospect

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. Laurent Brossoit Pro 7.0 C
2. Frans Tuohimaa Pro 6.5 C
3. Tyler Bunz Pro 6.5 D
4. Zach Nagelvoort NCAA 6.5 D
5. Keven Bouchard CHL 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Iiro Pakarinen Pro 6.5 C
2. Tyler Pitlick Pro 6.5 C
3. Kellen Jones Pro 6.0 C
4. Antti Tyrvainen Europe 6.0 C
5. John McCarron NCAA 6.0 C
6. Jackson Houck CHL 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jujhar Khaira Pro 7.0 C
2. Mitchell Moroz Pro 7.0 D
3. Daniil Zharkov Europe 7.0 F
4. Anton Slepyshev Europe 6.5 C
5. Curtis Hamilton Pro 6.0 C
6. Evan Campbell NCAA 6.0 D
7. Aidan Muir NCAA 5.5 D
8. Kale Kessy Pro 5.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Leon Draisaitl CHL 8.0 C
2. Marco Roy CHL 7.0 D
3. Bogdan Yakimov Pro 6.5 C
4. Kyle Platzer CHL 6.5 C
5. Greg Chase CHL 6.5 C
6. Tyler Vesel NCAA 6.5 D
7. Travis Ewanyk Pro 6.0 C
8. Andrew Miller Pro 6.0 C
9. Kellan Lain Pro 6.0 D
10. Liam Coughlin Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Darnell Nurse CHL 8.0 C
2. Dillon Simpson Pro 7.0 C
3. Martin Gernat Pro 7.0 D
4. David Musil Pro 7.0 D
5. Brandon Davidson Pro 6.5 C
6. Joey LaLeggia Pro 6.5 C
7. William Lagesson Junior 6.5 C
8. Brad Hunt Pro 6.0 C
9. Ben Betker CHL 5.5 D

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