Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Two-way, hardworking forwards
  • Depth up front and on the blue line
Weaknesses

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. John Gibson Pro 8.0 C
2. Frederik Andersen Pro 7.0 B
3. Igor Bobkov Pro 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Rickard Rakell Pro 7.5 C
2. Stefan Noesen Pro 7.0 C
3. Nick Sorensen CHL 7.0 C
4. Chris Wagner Pro 7.0 D
5. Grant Besse NCAA 6.5 D
6. Ondrej Kase Europe 6.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Ritchie CHL 8.0 C
2. Kevin Roy NCAA 7.0 C
3. Max Friberg Pro 7.0 C
4. Andre Petersson Pro 7.0 D
5. John Kurtz Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicolas Kerdiles Pro 7.0 C
2. William Karlsson Pro 7.0 C
3. Louis Leblanc Pro 7.0 C
4. Antoine Laganiere Pro 7.0 C
5. Steven Whitney Pro 7.0 D
6. Radoslav Illo NCAA 6.5 C
7. Joseph Cramarossa Pro 6.5 C
8. Charles Sarault Pro 6.5 C
9. Miro Aaltonen Europe 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Shea Theodore CHL 7.5 C
2. Marcus Pettersson Europe 7.5 C
3. Brandon Montour Junior 7.5 D
4. Sami Vatanen Pro 7.0 B
5. Andy Welinski NCAA 7.0 D
6. Kevin Lind NCAA 6.5 C
7. Jesse Blacker Pro 6.5 C
8. Mat Clark Pro 6.5 C
9. Keaton Thompson NCAA 6.5 C
10. Kenton Helgesen CHL 6.5 D
11. Tim Heed Europe 6.5 D
12. Jaycob Megna Pro 6.5 D
13. Brian Cooper NCAA 6.0 C
14. Josh Manson Pro 6.0 C
15. Andrew O'Brien Pro 6.0 C
16. Matt Berkovitz Junior 6.0 C
17. Kevin Gagne Pro 6.0 D
18. Stefan Warg Pro 5.5 D

Los Angeles Kings 2012 draft preview

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo: Goaltender Chris Gibson fields questions with the media shortly after be selected by the Los Angeles Kings 49th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. Gibson is part of a large group of very talented young goaltenders in the Kings system. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)


Over the past year, the Los Angeles Kings shifted their philosophy from stockpiling young talent to selling it off for reliable roster players. Heading into the playoffs, the eighth-seeded Kings had bet the farm on what appeared to be a losing proposition. They entered the post-season as a bottom seed whose first pick in the 2012 draft was at 121. That changed, however, as they completed an improbable run to a Stanley Cup championship, which also will likely result in the Columbus Blue Jackets exercising the option to take their 2013 pick. The Kings will now have the final selection in this year's first round as well as six late picks, which they have invested wisely with in recent years.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Hampus Lindholm, Rogle BK

by Ken McKenna
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Photo: Swedish defender Hampus Lindholm should be a part of a strong group of defensive prospects chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Although a relative unknown to some at the start of the 2011-12 season, Swedish defenseman Hampus Lindholm has made a slow, steady climb up the 2012 draft ranks, to the point where he is a viable candidate to be chosen somewhere in the first round.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 1-10

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Photo: Forward John Huberdeau is the top prospect for the Florida Panthers and one of the top forwards not currently playing hockey at the professional level. (Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)

Below is the final part of Hockey's Future's 2012 Spring Organizational Rankings. The rankings were determined by taking each NHL team's entire prospect pool into consideration as well as the likelihood those prospects are to meet their maximum potential. For reference, each team's top five prospects are included, as well as the players they have graduated, traded, or added to their pool over the 2011-12 season. To be eligible, a player must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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Ducks have deep, diverse holdings in NCAA and Europe

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo: Ryan Hegarty was an effective shutdown defenseman in his four years with Maine. (Photo Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Ducks have more than doubled their investment in both the NCAA and European pro ranks, selecting two players competing in Sweden in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and diversifying their holdings at the college level. There is currently a very diverse mix of forwards and defensemen among the European and collegiate prospect pools.

NCAA

Justin Schultz, D, Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
Drafted 2nd round, 43rd overall, 2008

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Selanne setting example for Ducks prospects on and off the ice

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo:

Devante Smith-Pelly (right) has been one of several young Ducks players who has had the opportunity to learn under legend Teemu Selanne. (Photo courtesy of Ray Carlin/Icon SMI)

 

When Teemu Selanne was first shooting pucks out of the air in celebration and lighting it up in his own record-smashing rookie season, rookie Devante Smith-Pelly was still macking mashed peas and rocking Huggies.

But this season, the 19-year-old neophyte Smith-Pelly and the ageless Finnish Flash Selanne shared a bond on the Ducks bench.

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