Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Blend of top-end talent
  • Speed, grit, tenacity
Weaknesses
  • Balance at forward position
  • No defense prospects with top-pairing upside

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. Louis Domingue Pro 7.0 C
2. Adin Hill CHL 7.0 C
3. Niklas Treutle Pro 6.5 D
4. Marek Langhamer Pro 6.0 C
5. Erik Kallgren Europe 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Merkley CHL 7.5 C
2. Christian Fischer CHL 7.5 C
3. Conor Garland CHL 7.5 D
4. Henrik Samuelsson Pro 7.0 C
5. Christian Thomas Pro 6.5 C
6. Jens Looke Europe 6.5 C
7. Stefan Fournier Pro 6.0 C
8. Matia Marcantuoni Pro 6.0 D
9. Jedd Soleway NCAA 5.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brendan Perlini CHL 7.0 C
2. Anton Karlsson Europe 6.5 C
3. Michael Bunting Pro 6.5 C
4. Brendan Warren NCAA 6.5 C
5. Hunter Fejes Pro 5.5 C
6. Sergei Plotnikov Pro 5.5 B
7. Jared Fiegl NCAA 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Dylan Strome CHL 8.5 C
2. Christian Dvorak CHL 8.0 C
3. Laurent Dauphin Pro 7.5 C
4. Ryan MacInnis CHL 7.5 C
5. Maxim Letunov NCAA 7.5 C
6. Conner Bleackley CHL 7.0 D
7. Yan-Pavel Laplante Pro 6.5 D
8. Tyler Gaudet Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jarred Tinordi Pro 7.0 D
2. Dysin Mayo CHL 7.0 D
3. Kyle Wood CHL 7.0 D
4. Kyle Capobianco CHL 7.0 D
5. Philip Samuelsson Pro 6.5 C
6. Dakota Mermis Pro 6.5 D
7. Justin Hache Pro 6.0 C
8. Rhett Holland NCAA 6.0 D
9. Connor Clifton NCAA 6.0 D
10. David Westlund Europe 5.5 C

Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Mark Visentin, Canada

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Although Canada goaltender Mark Visentin was not able to reach his goal of winning a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship, he did gain some measure of satisfaction with his shutout win over Finland in the bronze medal game.  Visentin was the goaltender of record in Canada’s loss to Russia in last year’s WJC gold medal game, so the Phoenix Coyotes prospect was hoping to erase that memory with a strong performance at the 2012 tournament.

Visentin talked about the win over Finland, and about his performance at the 2012 WJC. Read more»

Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Brandon Gormley, Canada

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Defenseman Brandon Gormley had hopes of winning gold in his first Under-20 WJC appearance with Team Canada.  Although Canada had a mostly easy run through the preliminary round of the 2012 World Junior Championship, Gormley and his teammates ultimately fell short of their goal after dropping a 6-5 decision to Russia in their semi-final matchup.  Canada can still earn a bronze medal with a win over Finland, but it will be a disappointment after having such high hopes.

Gormley talked about the loss to Russia following the game. Read more»

Phoenix Coyotes: Band Aid Solutions

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Bobby Smith is in deep trouble. With the imminent arrival of Wayne Gretzky as President of Hockey Operations, Smith is expected to be replaced by Gretzky’s agent Mike Barnett. In the meantime, Smith is beset by numerous personnel problems. His defense corps is in dire need of some physical presence. He’s in a two-year contract dispute with their number one netminder and second line center. To top this off, he has just lost several key free agents and a top line winger. The dam is about to burst for the Coyotes and Smith has attempted to cover up the damage with several short-term solutions.

In the last month, GM Bobby Smith has lost forwards Dallas Drake (expansion draft), Mikael Renberg (back to Sweden for personal reasons) and replaced them with Joe Juneau (trade for prospect Richard Wallin with the Minnesota Wild), and Brad May (trade with the Vancouver Canucks for a late pick in next years entry draft – most likely an 8th round pick). Juneau will be a welcome edition as a quarterback for the pathetic Coyotes power play. However, he is at best a Band-Aid replacement for Renberg. Renberg was a valued contributor for the Coyotes on their first line. Juneau has proved throughout his NHL career that he is at best a second line player.
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Coyotes Draft Review

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Going into the 2000 draft I wanted the Coyotes to take a gamble on
players with huge upsides. They did not disappoint as several of the
Coyote picks were made for skilled offensive players who are years away
from making any sort of impact in the NHL. They even managed to grab
two overage draft re-entries that provide the Coyote roster with some
much needed depth for the short term.

As for the draft itself, after much reflection, I have to admit I was
fairly pleased with the group of prospects they grabbed with their
selections. It is not an “A” draft by any means, but I would give the
Coyote staff a grade of a “B-“. The grade would have been higher if the
Coyotes had been able to move up in the draft or if more information
were available on second round pick Tatarinov. The Coyote drafting
strategy highlighted the need to bring players with the potential to
play on a top line. I am also biased by the selection of Ramzi Abid who
I feel will make an immediate impact for the Coyotes. It would be
fantastic if Abid could develop into the type of player that Shane Doan
has become. I think Daniel Briere could find some room to work some
magic playing in between these two behemoths. I have a feeling that
Abid will be on the NHL roster next season; especially if the Coyotes
are unable to come to terms with free agent wingers Greg Adams or Benoit
Hogue. So with apologies to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, here Read more»

Coyotes Roll Dice on Kolanos

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The Phoenix Coyotes rolled the dice in the 2000 draft by selecting three forwards with their first three picks. They were attempting to get bigger and more aggressive. Two of the three picks helped accomplish that. Expect the Coyotes to continue their search for big character players; especially at forward.


Coyotes Picks

Name Round Pick

1. Krys Kolanos 1 19
2. Alexander Tatarinov 2 53
3. Ramzi Abid 3 85

The selection of Krys Kolanos raised a few eyebrows at first glance, especially when other highly touted players were still waiting to be selected. Kolanos is a tremendous offensive talent whose strong finish with Boston College of the NCAA drew the attention from Coyotes scouts. Kolanos is a big centerman who has yet to learn how to consistently use his size to his advantage. The upside to this pick? A first or second line center in the mold of Adam Oates. My analysis: I originally was disappointed with this selection. Nothing against Kolanos but I wanted the Coyotes to select one of Frolov, Nikulin, or Samuelsson, all of which were still available. However, upon reflecting upon the offensive upside of the pick I find myself satisfied with the selection. Kolanos has the tools. If he develops the toolbox, he may have a very bright future with the Coyotes.


Coyotes first selection (19th overall) (Hockey News Ranking - 27)

Kris Kolanos 6'2" 196 lbs
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