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

Phoenix Coyotes 2000 Draft Preview

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When Wayne Gretzky joined the Phoenix Coyote franchise it was supposed to serve as notice for the entire NHL that the Coyotes organization was to be taken seriously; that they were serious about making a run at becoming one of the NHL elite. If the Coyotes are indeed serious about making a run at the Cup, the changes are slated to start at the NHL entry draft.

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Phoenix Coyotes Update

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Expect one thing from the Phoenix Coyotes this summer. Changes. Lots and lots of changes. When Steve Ellman purchased the Coyotes franchise earlier this week, he purchased a team full of disenchanted players.

First and foremost for the Coyotes organization is a decision regarding GM Bobby Smith. Smith, brought in by the Burke regime, may find himself looking for a job sooner than later. The Coyotes hardly made any noise against the Avalanche in this years playoffs. This was due largely in part due to a lack of their star goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and center Robert Reichel. Both players, Smith was unable to come to an agreement on new contracts. With fourteen free agents this off-season, Smith can ill-afford to lose any more of their top line talent, namely Dallas Drake and Lyle Odelein.

Speaking of Khabibulin, the Tampa Bay Lighting have reportedly shown interest in the netminder. Khabibulin who starred in the IHL this season should demand a high price. However, if changes are made within the management structure of the Coyotes organization, expect Khabibulin to reach an agreement to remain in Phoenix next season. Khabibulin is on record stating that he would return to the Coyotes organization if such a change transpired. This is in stark contrast to his previous comments regarding never again playing for the Coyotes organization.
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First Round Draft Ghosts Haunt Coyotes

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With players like Teemu Selanne, Keith Tkachuk, Alexei Zhamnov, the Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg
Jets franchise had at one moment assembled one of the deepest talent pools in the NHL.
Were they that adapt at drafting or did it just happen that they got lucky?

The Coyotes/Jets franchise has been unable to rebuild their franchise effectively through the draft. A lot of this lack of success can be directly attributed to their poor use of their first round selections.

After drafting Keith Tkachuk in 1990, it has a long time before the Coyotes drafted anyone of significance with their first round pick. Case and point was the Sergei Bautin fiasco back in 1993. Back in 1992 Mike Smith then GM of the Jets decided that the best player available with their 17th pick overall was the then 25 year-old Sergei Bautin a rugged defensive defenseman. Needless to say, that move backfired and within four seasons and a trade to Detroit, Sergei was out of the NHL entirely. He will go down in history for the Jets/Coyotes as the worst draft pick in franchise history (Some Jimmy Mann critics may disagree) and provides a clear example of how pathetic this team was at the draft table during the first round for much of the decade. Read more»

Lack of Bite in Coyotes

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Another season has passed, and another first round loss for the Phoenix Coyotes. Most people point out that Jeremy Roenick wasn’t 100% after the vicious elbow he received from Derian Hatcher of the Dallas Stars. But the fact of the matter is they were beaten by a St. Louis team that was hungrier and worked harder than they did. If Phoenix would like to be considered among the elite of the Western Conference they need to develop a killer instinct and inject new blood in their lineup, especially at forward.

Unfortunately, their cupboard is very dry when it comes to forward prospects and the number of them who can make an impact in the NHL. Among the young players that were involved in the playoffs, only Shane Doan seemed to make significant contributions. Both Juha Ylonen and Daniel Briere were invisible on the ice, as they were for most of the season. Because of their promise, Bobby Smith decided to give Cliff Ronning for virtually nothing. Once it was obvious that the two youngsters couldn’t handle the number two center position, he panicked and gave up Brad Isbister, a young power, for free agent Robert Riechel. Riechel now plans to return to the Czech Republic to take an assistant coach/player job for the national team.
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