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

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. 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

Centers

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

Defensemen

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

Cincinnati’s Torrey DiRoberto

by Rich Herles
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This week we take a look at Cincinnati’s speedy rookie center, Torrey DiRoberto.

He has spent the last four years playing junior hockey for Seattle in the WHL. Last year Torrey was fourth on the Seattle team in scoring with 25 goals and 42 assists for 67 points to go with 100 penalty minutes. DiRoberto was drafted Buffalo’s 6th choice (128th overall) in the 1998 Entry Draft. On July 1,1999, he was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

In Torrey’s first season in the AHL he is already making an impact with the Mighty Ducks. So far this year he is leading the rookies on his team in scoring with 9 goals and 9 assists for a total of 18 points.

When asked to assess Torrey so far this year, head coach, Moe Mantha said, “Torrey’s got some great speed. At this level he can drive a lot of defenseman crazy just because of the speed that he has. It’s a matter for us to teach him how to use it to his advantage. But overall, he’s starting to understand about playing his position a lot better, starting to compete better on the one on ones.”

“It’s a tough adjustment for a kid to come in here and learn to become a pro hockey player. He’s doing it. He’s like a sponge and he wants to learn. So, he’s going to have a bright future ahead of him. The fact that he wants to learn and work hard at his game.”

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Mighty Ducks: Quarter Report Card – Part 2

by Martin Dittman
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Maxim Balmochnykh – Left Wing; Grade: B (Cincy)
Balmochnykh was off to a good start in the AHL only to see it come to a crashing halt when he was suspended for a slash to Louisville Panther Curtis Doell. The suspension lasted eight games and killed Balmo’s momentum. Once, he came back, he was rusty and just as he started to get going again, he goes down with both hand and shoulder injuries. When he has been on the lineup, he usually plays well but the suspension put everything on hold and now the injury will continue to slow his development. He has five points in ten games with 31 penalty minutes, mainly stemming from the Doell slash.

Ladislav Kohn – Center & Right Wing; Grade: A (Anaheim)
Kohn has turned into a steal for the Ducks, adding much needed energy to a team that too often lacks it. He isnt scoring as much as they had hoped but he is doing the little things. He has played tenaciously and has shown he doesnt mind battling in the corners. He also filled in admirably on the Ducks’ top line, filling in for Teemu Selanne after an injury. The injury bug has now hit Kohn and he missed a couple weeks of action but he has proven his worth early in the season and should have no problem sticking for the whole season.

Gregg Naumenko – Goalie; Grade: A+ (Cincy) Read more»

Mighty Ducks: Quarter Report Card – Part 1

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are off to one of their best starts of their young history. The same can be said for their AHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. The baby Ducks have been helped thanks to depth and their new partial affiliation with the Detroit Red Wings.

The addition of the Wings has turned around the AHL team and has certainly helped the baby Duck players. They are now getting a chance to play with more skilled players. A welcomed change for a team that has never had much depth in their AHL system.

With the first quarter of the season already done, its time to get out the report cards and start grading.

Vitaly Vishnevski – Defense; Grade: B+ (Cincy)
Vitaly has been pretty good in his first AHL season. Nothing real fancy, and he has been doing some good work. A disappointment has been in the offensive department. Although he is not considered an offensive player, he should be contributing more. Fortunately, he is improving at that making him a much more solid player. He has racked up 35 penalty minutes in 17 games and had a tremendous pre-season delivering his trademark big checks. Vitaly will have to be more offensive when he joins the high flying NHL Ducks.

Niclas Havelid – Defense; Grade: A- (Anaheim) Read more»

Ducks: Balmochnykh Suspended

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are not the only Duck team feeling the effects of suspensions. On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks learned they have lost top flight prospect Maxim Balmochnykh for eight games.

Apparently aggrevated by pesky play from Louisville Panthers tough guy Curtis Doell, he speared Doell in the face causing him to bleed and receive stitches. The injury was not serious though since Doell came back to play in the game later.

Balmochnykh will miss almost a month of playing time due to the suspension, not exactly the best way to develop and learn the North American style of play. It could be called a rookie mistake, but in reality, it was bad judgment by the youngster who still has learning to do. This is certainly one that should help him mature by learning from his mistakes.

Balmo had been off to a hot start in the AHL. In Game 1 against the Kentucky Thoroughblades he scored two goals and demonstrated his great scoring sense. He had 4 shots on goal that night and was the second star. He still cant speak English, yet he still has the knack for putting the puck in the net.

FIGHT NIGHT AT FREEDOM HALL
The spearing incident between Balmo and Doell created a night of aggressiveness and brawls between both teams. Read more»

Mighty Ducks Camp Update

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have had a wonderful off sesaon. They have made some new acquistions, watched prospects mature and for once, they had a relatively quiet off season unlike the past which was full of contract squabbles, ego trips, coaching changes and the occassional front office swap. The only problems this year stem from the possible sale of the Ducks by Disney to the billionaires Henry, other wise known as Henry Nicholas and Henry Samueli. The Ducks dont seem to care about what happens up top, instead they are focusing on the future and getting ready for the season.

The Ducks’ training camp motto is “Take the Next Step”. Apparently the fans are ready. A capacity crowd showed up at Disney ICE when camp opened bringing plenty of energy to camp. Heres a look at those trying to take the next step and make the big club and those who are on the verge of being there this time around. And a note for those wondering the “borderline” monikers, etc, it is only meant as their chances of making the team out of camp this year, not in the future or their future as an NHLer.

DEFINITE DUCKS

Niclas Havelid, D
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