Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Good balance of speed, talent, and character.
  • Depth and high-end talent at most positions.
Weaknesses
  • Lack of high-end talent at the center.

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. Zachary Fucale CHL 8.0 D
2. Hayden Hawkey Junior 7.0 D
3. Mike Condon Pro 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sven Andrighetto Pro 7.5 C
2. Nikita Scherbak CHL 7.5 C
3. Mike McCarron CHL 7.5 D
4. Christian Thomas Pro 7.0 D
5. Jake Evans NCAA 6.5 D
6. Stefan Fournier Pro 6.0 C
7. Maxim Trunev Europe 5.0 F

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Charles Hudon Pro 7.5 C
2. Tim Bozon CHL 7.5 D
3. Artturi Lehkonen Europe 7.5 D
4. Jiri Sekac Pro 7.0 C
5. Mark MacMillan NCAA 7.0 D
6. Connor Crisp Pro 7.0 D
7. Martin Reway Europe 7.0 D
8. Daniel Carr Pro 6.5 D
9. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jacob de la Rose Pro 7.0 C
2. Jeremy Gregoire CHL 7.0 C
3. Joonas Nattinen Europe 7.0 D
4. Daniel Audette CHL 7.0 D
5. Gabriel Dumont Pro 6.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nathan Beaulieu Pro 8.0 C
2. Jarred Tinordi Pro 7.5 C
3. Dalton Thrower Pro 7.0 C
4. Morgan Ellis Pro 7.0 C
5. Darren Dietz Pro 7.0 C
6. Nikolas Koberstein Junior 7.0 D
7. Josiah Didier NCAA 6.5 C
8. Mac Bennett Pro 6.5 C
9. Brett Lernout CHL 6.5 C
10. Colin Sullivan NCAA 6.5 D
11. Greg Pateryn Pro 6.0 B
12. Magnus Nygren Pro 6.0 B

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Photo: Dartmouth forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Dustin Walsh looked to be coming into his own in 2011-12 but ended up sidelined for most of the season due to injury (courtesy of Bob Fisher/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Photo: Forward Brady Vail is just one of the many gifted junior players the Montreal Canadiens selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. (CHL Images)

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Photo: Michael Bournival is one of many Montreal Canadiens prospects to make his professional debut in 2012-13 (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

Using the 2012 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens' greatly improved their organizational prospect pool over the past off-season. GM Marc Bergevin has changed the organizational philosophy by adding a bigger management staff, more scouting, and a development team to work with the prospects at all hockey levels and leagues.

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Photo: Forward Blake Geoffrion is one of several Montreal prospects who are hoping to have a bounceback season in 2012-13. (Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)

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Louis Leblanc - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Forward Louis Leblanc is entering his second professional season with the Montreal Canadiens organization. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

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