Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Elite group of defensive prospects
  • Several NHL ready prospects
  • Deep group of speedy, gritty forwards
Weaknesses
  • Many prospects are long-term projects
  • Many prospects are high risk/reward

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. Matt Murray Pro 7.5 B
2. Tristan Jarry CHL 7.5 C
3. Sean Maguire Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Daniel Sprong CHL 7.5 C
2. Blaine Byron NCAA 7.0 D
3. Jaden Lindo CHL 6.5 D
4. Anton Zlobin Pro 6.5 F
5. Bryan Rust Pro 6.0 B
6. Josh Archibald Pro 6.0 C
7. Tyler Biggs Pro 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Scott Wilson Pro 6.5 B
2. Troy Josephs NCAA 6.5 D
3. Tom Kühnhackl Pro 6.0 B
4. Conor Sheary Pro 6.0 B
5. Dominik Uher Pro 6.0 C
6. Frederik Tiffels NCAA 6.0 C
7. Matthias Plachta Pro 5.5 C
8. Daniel O'Donoghue Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake Guentzel Pro 7.5 D
2. Teddy Blueger Pro 7.0 C
3. Jean-Sebastien Dea Pro 7.0 D
4. Dominik Simon Europe 7.0 D
5. Oskar Sundqvist Pro 6.5 B
6. Sam Lafferty NCAA 6.5 D
7. Anthony Angello NCAA 6.0 C
8. Nikita Pavlychev Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Derrick Pouliot Pro 8.0 B
2. Lukas Bengtsson Pro 7.0 C
3. Ethan Prow Pro 6.5 C
4. Ryan Segalla NCAA 6.5 D
5. Harrison Ruopp Pro 6.0 C
6. Reid McNeill Pro 6.0 C
7. Jeff Taylor NCAA 6.0 C
8. Dane Birks NCAA 6.0 D
9. James Melindy Pro 5.5 C

Pens bright side are the youngsters

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With a mere 32 games left in the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-25-4) find themselves struggling to hang on to a playoff spot. The bright side rests with the Penguins of tomorrow.

The “Jr. Pens” left winger Robert Dome has found his scoring touch again. He had 4 goals in three games, then 2 assists in a 5-3 loss against Hartford. Another bright spot on the “Jr. Pens” roster is Alexei Kolkunov, who has four goals in his last five games after a 14-game drought. Then there is rookie defenseman Andrew Ference who has 2 goals and 6 assists in a span of 9 games.

The brightest spot in the organization however, is not a “Jr. Pen,” he is a “Raider.” Besides putting on a brilliant show on the world stage in Sweden, Milan Kraft has 44 points (18-26) in 34 games with the Prince Albert Raiders (WHL).

Perhaps the best thing the Penguins can do right now is hold on to the hope of the future. If they cannot find heroes, and cannot find defenseman who truly can play a European style game, making necessary passes to those in motion, then stick to tomorrow. Try to imagine the havoc Kraft and Jagr will create playing side by side. It may take another year for this to happen, but it is a realistic goal and one to keep the Penguins optimistic.
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Penguins Report – Stats and News from the Penguins

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Top 10 – Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
GP G A PTS
Jaromir Jagr 4234 4074
Alexei Kovalev43 1521 36
Robert Lang41 1321 34
German Titov43 1220 32
Martin Straka33 6 23 29
Jan Hrdina31 8 13 21
Jiri Slegr355 14 19
Kip Miller 39 4 15 19
Alexei Morozov35 6 11 17
Michal Rozsival43 3 11 14

Top 15 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
GP G A PTS
John Slaney30 15 17 32
Greg Crozier36 13 13 26
Valentin Morozov35 10 1525
Tom Kostopoulos37 13 11 24
Martin Sonnenberg30 9 13 22
Dennis Bonvie29 2 20 22
Sven Butenschon389 11 20
Tyler Wright25 5 1520
Boris Protsenko32 7 10 17
Pavel Skrbek35 6 10 16
Alexei Kolkunov38 5 11 16
Robert Dome19 2 12 14
Casey Harris 40 5 2 7
Andrew Ference5 2 4 6
Josef Melichar41 2 4 6

Top 10 – Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
GP G A PTS
Curtis Wilgosh 37 16 15 31
Derek Smith 36 11 16 27
Vladimir Gratchev27 9 13 22
Rob Millar26 5 14 19
Shannon Basaraba24 7 10 17
Jon Sorg37 5 13 18
Kevin Paden 32 8 9 17
Rob Sinclair17 3 8 11
Jeff Burgoyne28 6 8 14
Dimitri Sergeev26 4 11 15
Team Stats:
GP W L TPTS
Pittsburgh Penguins43 18 22 3 44
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Penguins: Players in the Spotlight: Butenschon and Ference

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One came up and one went down. It’s amazing what can happen through the course of one day. For a couple of young defenseman in the Penguins organization one day brought both reward and disappointment. One player was given a chance in the ‘big leagues,’ while the another was reminded what exactly it takes to be present on NHL ice.

Sven Butenschon had 9 goals and 10 assists in 34 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, earning the respect of both his peers and the Penguins organization. It is for this reason that General Manager Craig Patrick decided to pull him up for a game. In order to do so however, Pittsburgh had to first ship Andrew Ference down to the American Hockey League to clear a spot on the NHL roster. As odd as that may seem, Ference’s relocation to the minors was anticipated anyway. Why not give another prospect the chance to shine, even if it was for just one night?

Sven welcomed the opportunity, logging 18 minutes of ice time and finishing with a plus minus rating of plus – 1 against the Flyers, despite a 6-2 Penguin’s loss that evening (Jan. 8th). Both the coaching staff and management alike admitted to being impressed by his performance.

D -Sven Butenschon
Height: 6-4
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: March 22, 1976; Itzehoe, West Germany
Acquired: Pittsburgh’s third choice (57th overall) in 1994 Entry Draft.
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Penguins Prospect Update

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Boy oh boy is Milan Kraft looking like a draft jewel! He shows up at the World Junior Championship and dominates. Kraft ended the tourney with 5 goals 7 assists in 6 games. He helped the Czech Republic win gold, and he is a major piece in the building of the future for the Pittsburgh Penguins who seem to be rejuvenated with new coach Herb Brooks. Jaromir Jagr loves the offensive freedom. Kraft can be the total package when he adds weight to his frame, and a little knowledge defensively. Other than that, he is one year away from playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL for a few games before a call up to play with the best there is, Jagr. Alexander Zevakhin has been playing superb hockey also, collecting 5 points in 5 games, with fairly limited ice time. Alexander needs to mature up and play harder, he seems out of shape at times gasping for air after a bad shift. He plays like Pavel Bure at times, and Andrei Kovalenko at others.

It seems as though Craig Hillier is never going to get his chance like J-S Aubin. He needs more confidence and ice time in the parent league. Hillier plays like Martin Brodeur when he is confident, but most of the time no one has confidence in him, thus leaving him no confidence in himself. He can be a regular goalie when and if he is called on. Hillier should just wear number 13, because that is how his career has turned out to be. Lucky at times and unlucky at times sums it up nicely.
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Penguins: If the Future is Now, Who Will be the Legends of Tomorrow?

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The year 2000 is quickly approaching. By any definition, a new millennium symbolizes abundant change. What does the future hold? Some predict it will bring the end of the world, while others, more optimistic in outlook, believe 2000 will herald the beginning of a technological golden age, the beginning of a glorious new era. For sports fans it is a chance to fondly reflect on the past, dynasties and heroes alike, and move towards a brighter tomorrow. If the legends of yesterday have been surpassed in terms of skill, imagine the significance and impact of those yet to come. Who will they be?

Michael Jordan will forever be remembered as one of the finest and fiercest competitors in basketball history. The symbol of pure brilliance and centerpiece of 6 NBA crowns, his legend will live on for an eternity. Sadly however, interest in basketball has plummeted since Jordan announced his retirement. Superstar talent still exists, but it is hard to determine who exactly caught the torch.
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