Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Size and depth on the blueline
  • Wingers with a wide range of skills
  • 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
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Ellis Pro 7.5 D
2. Laurent Brossoit Pro 7.0 C
3. Eetu Laurikainen Pro 6.5 C
4. Zach Nagelvoort NCAA 6.5 D
5. Miroslav Svoboda Europe 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Patrick Russell Pro 7.0 D
2. Tyler Pitlick Pro 6.5 D

Left Wing

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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Drake Caggiula Pro 7.5 D
2. Bogdan Yakimov Pro 6.5 C
3. Kyle Platzer Pro 6.5 C
4. Greg Chase Pro 6.5 C
5. Tyler Vesel NCAA 6.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Griffin Reinhart Pro 8.0 C
2. Ethan Bear CHL 7.0 C
3. David Musil Pro 7.0 D
4. Dillon Simpson Pro 6.5 C
5. Joey LaLeggia Pro 6.5 C
6. Jordan Oesterle Pro 6.5 C
7. William Lagesson NCAA 6.5 C
8. Ziyat Paygin Europe 6.5 C
9. Caleb Jones CHL 6.5 C
10. Adam Clendening Pro 6.0 B
11. John Marino Junior 6.0 C
12. Ben Betker Pro 5.5 D

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