Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Gritty bottom-six forwards with good size
  • Character players in all positions
  • Two-way defenseman
Weaknesses
  • Top-end talent in goal and at forward

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. Kasimir Kaskisuo Pro 7.5 D
2. Antoine Bibeau Pro 7.0 C
3. Garret Sparks Pro 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mitch Marner CHL 8.5 C
2. Kasperi Kapanen Pro 7.5 C
3. Jeremy Bracco CHL 7.5 D
4. Connor Brown Pro 7.0 C
5. Tobias Lindberg Pro 7.0 C
6. Zach Hyman Pro 7.0 D
7. Fabrice Herzog Europe 7.0 D
8. J.J. Piccinich CHL 7.0 D
9. Nikita Soshnikov Pro 7.0 D
10. Nikita Korostelev CHL 7.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brendan Leipsic Pro 7.0 C
2. Andreas Johnson Europe 7.0 C
3. Pierre Engvall Europe 7.0 D
4. Martins Dzierkals CHL 7.0 D
5. Dmytro Timashov CHL 7.0 D
6. Josh Leivo Pro 6.5 C
7. Nolan Vesey NCAA 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. William Nylander Pro 8.0 C
2. Tony Cameranesi Pro 6.5 C
3. Dominic Toninato NCAA 6.5 C
4. Colin Smith Pro 6.5 C
5. Frederik Gauthier Pro 6.5 C
6. Dakota Joshua NCAA 6.5 D
7. Sam Carrick Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Zaitsev Pro 7.5 B
2. Stuart Percy Pro 7.0 C
3. Connor Carrick Pro 7.0 C
4. Rinat Valiev CHL 7.0 D
5. Travis Dermott CHL 7.0 D
6. Jesper Lindgren Europe 7.0 D
7. Scott Harrington Pro 6.5 B
8. Viktor Loov Pro 6.5 C
9. Andrew Nielsen CHL 6.5 D
10. Stephen Desrocher CHL 6.0 D

Toronto Maple Leafs own several NHL-ready prospects at minor league level

by Jason Chen
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Joe Colborne - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Joe Colborne is one of several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects who has NHL experience. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Toronto Maple Leafs' cupboard is no longer bare, though it is certainly lacking high caliber offensive forwards. In previous years, the Leafs have been known to make rash signings and trades, paying little to no attention to the quality and continuity of their pipeline. They renewed their focus on drafting and development several ago and are only now slowly beginning to reap the benefits.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Morgan Rielly, Canada

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Morgan Rielly - Canada

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly and his Team Canada teammates will battle for the bronze medal against familiar protagonist, Russia (courtesy of Imago/Icon SMI)

For Team Canada, anything less than winning the gold medal at the U-20 World Junior Championship is considered a major disappointment. But, for the third consecutive year, Canada is in just that position as they dropped their WJC semi-final game to the USA, 5-1.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Filip Forsberg and Tom Nilsson, Sweden

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Tom Nilsson - Sweden

Photo: Swedish defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Tom Nilsson has previously competed internationally for his country, but this is his first time playing at the U-20 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For Sweden's Filip Forsberg, the 2013 World Junior Championship provides a chance to cement the idea that Sweden has arrived as a hockey power at the junior level. Forsberg was a part of his country's gold medal squad at the 2012 World Juniors, with his performance at that tournament no doubt helping to solidify his stock for the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Toronto Maple Leafs heavy in OHL prospects at the junior level

by John-Eric Iannicello
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Stuart Percy - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Stuart Percy is one of several prominent defensive prospects the Maple Leafs have at the CHL level. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs junior prospects feature a handful of the organizations top young talent such as Tyler Biggs, Matt Finn, Morgan Rielly, and Stuart Percy. In total the Maple Leafs have eight prospects playing in the Ontario Hockey League, and only two in Rielly (WHL) and Dominic Toninato (USHL) playing in other North American junior leagues. The Maple Leafs have three prospects from the junior level heading to World Junior camps this December.

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Team Rankings: Anaheim Ducks continue to have solid talent at all positions

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Sami Vatanan - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: After playing the past three seasons in Finland, defenseman Sami Vatanen made his way to North America and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Below is the middle section Hockey’s Future’s NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.

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