Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth in goal.
  • Talent and depth at all forward positions.
  • Talent and depth on defense.
Weaknesses
  • Lack of elite forwards

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. Malcolm Subban Pro 8.0 B
2. Zane McIntyre NCAA 7.5 C
3. Niklas Svedberg Pro 6.5 A

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. David Pastrnak Europe 7.5 C
2. Brian Ferlin Pro 6.5 C
3. Jared Knight Pro 6.5 D
4. Alexander Fallstrom Pro 6.0 C
5. Tyler Randell Pro 5.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Peter Cehlarik Europe 7.0 C
2. Anthony Camara Pro 7.0 D
3. Craig Cunningham Pro 6.5 C
4. Anders Bjork Junior 6.5 C
5. Justin Florek Pro 6.0 B
6. Matt Lindblad Pro 6.0 C
7. Anton Blidh Europe 6.0 C
8. Mitchell Dempsey CHL 5.5 C
9. Colton Hargrove NCAA 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ryan Spooner Pro 7.5 C
2. Alexander Khokhlachev Pro 7.5 C
3. Ryan Fitzgerald NCAA 7.5 D
4. Ryan Donato Junior 7.5 D
5. Seth Griffith Pro 7.0 C
6. Danton Heinen Junior 6.5 C
7. Ben Sexton Pro 6.0 C
8. Rob Flick Pro 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joe Morrow Pro 7.0 C
2. Matt Grzelcyk NCAA 7.0 C
3. Maxim Chudinov Europe 7.0 F
4. Rob O'Gara NCAA 6.5 C
5. Zach Trotman Pro 6.5 C
6. Linus Arnesson Europe 6.5 C
7. Chris Casto Pro 6.5 D
8. Matt Benning NCAA 6.0 C
9. Wiley Sherman Junior 6.0 C
10. Emil Johansson Europe 6.0 C
11. Tommy Cross Pro 5.0 C

Boston Bruins Prospect Round-Up and Draft Primer

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Just when you thought it was safe to put away your hockey sweater for the summer, I am back with a quick down-and-dirty on the latest developments in the Boston Bruins camp since the season ended over a month ago. With the draft quickly approaching, we will take one final look at the Bruins’ biggest needs and who they may select to fulfill those requirements. Many thanks to those who responded to my earlier HF Draft Preview with good feedback that has allowed for one final tweak before the main event in Boston on Saturday.

Who’s In:
Jeff Zehr. The big news in Boston last week was the signing of 1997 Islanders 2nd- round draft pick Zehr, who comes to the Bruins after a solid OHL career. He has shown promise as a power forward and seems to have every inclination of earning a place on Boston’s roster this year. He’ll have his work cut out for him, but this is an excellent move by management after Zehr could not come to terms in New York.

Eric Van Acker. Van Acker is a big(6’5, 220 pound) blueliner out of Baie-Comeau of the Quebec League and was Boston’s 11th choice, 218th overall in 1997. He’s a meat-and-potatoes stay- at-home defender who does not generate much offense, but could develop into a solid pro with the right seasoning.

Who’s Out:
Jim Baxter. The Oshawa Generals’ defenseman had a great year, leading team defensemen in scoring and establishing himself as a real power play point-producer. Boston’s 9th choice(180) in 1997 couldn’t agree on a deal with Boston and re-enters the draft.
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Downey Worth His Weight in (Black and) Gold

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Born: August 27, 1974
Hometown: Shelburne, Ontario
Position: Right Wing
Number: 44
Height: 6’0
Weight: 210 lbs

If you could quantify a hockey player’s competetive drive in penalty minutes alone, the Providence Bruins’ Aaron Downey would be the American Hockey League’s undisputed leader. Downey, a prospect in the Boston Organization, came to Providence 2 years ago on a try-out agreement after spending 1995-97 in the East Coast Hockey League. In just 2 seasons with Providence, Downey has become something of a legend and is easily one of the most popular players on the Baby Bruins despite his modest point production. Why is this, you say? Well, a quick look at Aaron Downey in action will provide you with an answer quickly enough, as he throws his body around the ice at the opposition with reckless abandon and is able to ignite teammates and fans alike with his chippy, inspired play. Simply put, don’t ever use the words “quit” and “Aaron Downey” in the same sentence, lest you might find yourself on the ice dazed and confused, wondering what zip code you happen to be in.
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Like Father, Like Son

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Born: August 31, 1975
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Position: Goaltender
Number: 47
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 210 lbs

By now, John Grahame is tired of being reminded of the fact that he is linked to one of the greatest players in Boston Bruins history, the incomparable Raymond Bourque. John’s father, Ron, played 40 games in goal for Boston before getting traded to the Los Angeles Kings for their 1979 first round draft choice. Bruin GM Harry Sinden selected Bourque who, 20 years later, is still playing all-star hockey in the National Hockey League. Ron Grahame played a few forgettable seasons with the Kings and Quebec Nordiques before retiring in 1981.

John hopes that he and his father can become the answer to a future trivia question: who is the only father-son combination to play goal for the Boston Bruins? Based on John’s performance with Boston’s top affiliate Providence of the American Hockey League over two seasons, his NHL debut seems imminent. In two years at the minor pro level, Grahame has established himself as a dependable stopper, capable of making important saves when called upon. At the age of 23, his future looks promising despite the Bruins’ 30 years of draft futility at the goaltender position.
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Cub Report: Boston’s Top Prospects

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POS HT WT AGE
Ben Clymer D 6-1 195 21

GP G A PTS PIM
98-99 Seattle 70 12 44 56 93 (WHL)
98-99 Seattle 6 1 3 4 8 (Playoffs)

Strengths- Offensive Instincts, Strength
Weaknesses- Speed, Quickness
Ben Clymer left the University of Minnesota for the Western Hockey League, where he led all Seattle defensemen in scoring during the 1998-99 regular season. Clymer showed an impressive ability to help generate offense and was a integral part of Seattle’s power play unit. Clymer is a willing and able hitter.

Clymer has been knocked for sub-par skating ability and quickness, but other NHL players have been able to shed that label through hard-work and dedication to improving their shortcomings. Time will tell whether Clymer can improve enough to make the Boston Bruins. He is a player who has shown terrific upside, however.

Projection at NHL level- 6th-7th Defenseman.
Current Stock Status- On the Rise

POS HT WT AGE
Lee Goren RW 6-3 210 22

GP G A PTS PIM
98-99 North Dak 38 26 19 45 20 (WCHA)

Strengths- Skating, Hands, Hockey sense
Weaknesses- Physical Play. Read more»

Cub Report: Boston’s Top Prospects

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POS HT WT AGE
Eric Nickulas C 5-11 190 24

GP G A PTS PIM
98-99 Prov 67 27 25 52 79 (AHL)
98-99 BOS 2 0 0 0 0 (NHL)

Strengths- Hands, Hockey Sense
Weaknesses- Inexperience, 2-way Play.
Eric Nickulas has been an important contributor to the success of the AHL’s number one team. Nickulas has always been a gifted goal scorer at every level he has played, and the AHL has been no exception. He has made his mark on the power play, where he has 14 tallies with the man-advantage. Nickulas doesn’t seem to possess much speed, but he is a deceptive skater who has the ability to get open in close, where he does the most damage. Not the most diligent of back-checkers, he will need to sharpen his skills if he wants a regular shift in Boston.

Nickulas has the tools to make it to the NHL, but Boston has quite a few players with similar attributes. Between Randy Robitaille, Shawn Bates and Andre Savage, Nickulas will need to continue to put the puck in the net if he is to get another shot in the NHL after a limited audition for 2 games in December.

Projection at NHL level- 3rd-line Winger.
Current Stock Status- On the Rise

POS HT WT AGE
John Grahame G 6-2 210 23

GP W L T AVG Sav%
98-99 Prov 41 32 7 1 2.79 .900 (AHL)

Strengths- Mobility, Athleticism, Mental Game. Read more»