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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Roy NCAA 7.0 C
2. Max Friberg Pro 7.0 C
3. Andre Petersson Pro 7.0 D
4. 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. Sami Vatanen Pro 7.0 B
3. Andy Welinski NCAA 7.0 D
4. Kevin Lind NCAA 6.5 C
5. Jesse Blacker Pro 6.5 C
6. Mat Clark Pro 6.5 C
7. Keaton Thompson NCAA 6.5 C
8. Kenton Helgesen CHL 6.5 D
9. Tim Heed Europe 6.5 D
10. Jaycob Megna Pro 6.5 D
11. Brian Cooper NCAA 6.0 C
12. Josh Manson Pro 6.0 C
13. Andrew O'Brien Pro 6.0 C
14. Kevin Gagne Pro 6.0 D
15. Stefan Warg Pro 5.5 D

Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Rikard Rakell, Sweden

by Ken McKenna
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Swedish forward Rikard Rakell and his teammates weren’t even born the last time that Sweden won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship.  But Rakell was one of the players that helped the team earn their first gold medal at that tournament in 31 years as they defeated Russia in overtime to win the 2012 WJC.  Rakell picked up five points and pumped 35 shots on goal during the tournament, his first appearance at this event.

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Swede outspoken in home press

by Peter Westermark
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Europeans know exactly what to say when they´re talking to the North
American press. Well, maybe Vaclav Prospal should sometimes choose his words
more carefully, but most europeans offer the clichés that are expected from
them. Read the press in their home country and it´s a different story.
Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Jonas Rönnqvist´s comments in the Swedish press
after being dispatched to the minors was anything but clichés as he
criticized the team.

He was quoted in the Aftonbladet as saying ”I´ve been forced to play with a
knee injury. It´s sick, I can´t play up to my capacity.”
Rönnqvist was also
quoted in the article as saying that the team should have brought up someone
from the farm team to replace him while he nursed his injury, but that it
was a question of the team not wanting to spend any extra money.

Now, compare Rönnqvist´s comments with Eric Lindros´ infamous comments about
the Flyers´ medical staff. There´s not that much difference, right ? Of
course, one has to take the difference in stature between the two players
into consideration. Lindros was a superstar captain and Rönnqvist is a depth
player, so it´s not front page news, but Anaheim General Manager Pierre
Gauthier will nevertheless be less than amused to read such comments about
the organization. If he ever gets to read them that is.

The former Luleå star isn´t the first Swede to come out criticizing their
NHL club in the Swedish press. This can to a large extent be attributed to
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Leopold Gets the Boot in Duck Land

by Martin Dittman
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The Ducks have traded University of Minnesota defenseman Jordan Leopold to Calgary. They got Andrei Nazarov and a ghost of the future in a draft choice. But they gave up a sure-fire NHLer. Arguably, one of the best d-man in all of college hockey.

It’s very easy to defend this trade. The Ducks received “The Most Dangerous Man in Hockey.” Andrei Nazarov brings a player for today into the fold. He’ll be right there joining Jim Cummins as a tag team of sorts. He can fight well not to mention be one of the most brutal players the NHL has ever seen. Just ask his victims. But is he a defenseman that will be around as a potential anchor? Hardly. In fact, he’s your basic role player whom the Ducks love to have a surplus of.

The theory that Nazarov will protect Selanne and Kariya is a good one. But he may not bring enough else to the game. Of course, the Ducks received a second round draft choice as well. It can’t be forgotten that Leopold was a second round draft choice himself. This way, the claim is the Ducks at least made the trade even if not the better end of the deal. It makes no difference if another Nik Tsulygin is chosen with that choice.

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Camp Breeds Hope for Anaheim

by Martin Dittman
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If first impressions mean anything, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have a very bright future. Then again, the Ducks are traditional optimists who often over analyze the future. Going into this season’s training camp, that tradition continued. Maxim Balmochnykh, J-S Giguere and Marc Chouinard were just a few of the several young guns the Ducks were counting on for this season. As the Ducks had hoped, the first week of camp has been a step up for the young guns, causing the usual euphoria over the future.

The early scrimmages have shown the usual. The Ducks are a fast team which we already knew. This off season was extremely quiet which left many with questions about the Ducks. Will they finally have a true second line? Are Balmo and Alexei major league busts? Are the Ducks still pretenders? So far, some of these questions have been answered while others are still left up in the air.

Answering the question of the second line, Jonas Ronnqvist has been extremly feisty in the first week of camp and may have supplanted Matt Cullen as a second line player. Ronnqvist has been largely paired with German Titov and Mike Leclerc, a group of hard working speedy forwards. Titov brings most of the skill although neither Leclerc nor Ronnqvist has looked out of place. They are very skillful on their own. The bad news is Leclerc and Ronnqvist are unproven as second liners thus leaving Anaheim in the same predicament as in the past.
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Chouinard Looks to Anaheim

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks re-signed Marc Chouinard to their roster on Tuesday night and barely anybody talked about it. The message boards and mailing lists were silent. Nobody seemed to care in California as the papers barely mentioned the signing – instead focusing on Marty McInnis. But perhaps they should start paying more attention.

Chouinard is not a top prospect nor is he the answer to Anaheim’s problems at scoring depth but he is very intriguing. A center with a great frame (6’5 – 200) he’s still young and at the ripe age of 23, and he brings about curiosities. Over the last several seasons Chouinard has battled injuries. In juniors, he struggled with shoulder problems. In his rookie pro year, he suffered a lacerated achilles tendon which set him back the entire year but it has been all uphill since then.

Marc is coming off a career season with Cincinnati where he played an aggressive checking game while showing capable offensive skills. He scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in 70 games. While that might not sound like much, for Chouinard it’s extremely impressive.

MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF

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