Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Exceptional top end prospects
  • Loaded defensive pipeline
  • Solid group of wingers
  • Weak center depth
  • Limited goaltending depth
  • Not much diversity or ability past top-end players

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
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Playing in Europe
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Boyle Pro 7.5 D
2. Garrett Metcalf Junior 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Stefan Noesen Pro 7.0 C
2. Nick Sorensen Europe 7.0 D
3. Grant Besse NCAA 7.0 D
4. Deven Sideroff CHL 7.0 D
5. Ondrej Kase Pro 6.5 D
6. Matt Bailey Pro 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Ritchie Pro 8.0 C
2. Kevin Roy Pro 7.0 C
3. Kenton Helgesen Pro 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicolas Kerdiles Pro 7.0 C
2. Julius Nattinen CHL 7.0 C
3. Kalle Kossila Pro 7.0 C
4. Troy Terry NCAA 7.0 D
5. Chris Wagner Pro 6.5 B
6. Michael Sgarbossa Pro 6.5 C
7. Joseph Cramarossa Pro 6.0 C
8. Brent Gates NCAA 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Shea Theodore Pro 8.0 B
2. Brandon Montour Pro 7.5 C
3. Jacob Larsson Europe 7.5 C
4. Andy Welinski Pro 7.0 C
5. Marcus Pettersson Europe 7.0 C
6. Martin Gernat Europe 7.0 D
7. Brian Cooper NCAA 6.0 C
8. Andrew O'Brien Pro 6.0 C
9. Jaycob Megna Pro 6.0 C
10. Keaton Thompson Pro 6.0 C
11. Matt Berkovitz Junior 6.0 C
12. Steven Ruggiero NCAA 6.0 C

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Josh Archibald - Pittsburgh Penguins

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Photo: John Gibson and Sami Vatanen are among Anaheim’s top prospects. They were selected in the second round of the 2011 Draft and fourth round of the 2009 Draft, respectively. (courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images)


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