Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth in goaltending
  • Many prospects ready for NHL
  • Depth at center
Weaknesses
  • Lack of depth and talent on wing

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. Matt Hackett Pro 7.0 C
2. Andrey Makarov Pro 7.0 D
3. Linus Ullmark Europe 7.0 D
4. Nathan Lieuwen Pro 6.0 C
5. Cal Petersen Junior 6.0 C
6. Connor Knapp Pro 5.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joel Armia Pro 7.0 B
2. Justin Bailey CHL 7.0 D
3. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.0 D
4. Hudson Fasching NCAA 7.0 D
5. Judd Peterson Junior 6.0 D
6. Colin Jacobs Pro 5.0 C
7. Christian Isackson NCAA 5.0 C
8. Shawn Szydlowski Pro 4.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 C
2. Nicolas Deslauriers Pro 7.0 D
3. William Carrier CHL 7.0 D
4. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
5. Eric Locke CHL 6.0 C
6. Brad Navin NCAA 5.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mikhail Grigorenko CHL 7.5 C
2. JT Compher NCAA 7.0 C
3. Johan Larsson Pro 6.5 B
4. Connor Hurley Junior 6.5 C
5. Justin Kea CHL 6.0 C
6. Logan Nelson CHL 6.0 C
7. Phil Varone Pro 6.0 C
8. Kevin Sundher Pro 6.0 C
9. Tim Schaller Pro 6.0 C
10. Sean Malone NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Rasmus Ristolainen Pro 8.0 C
2. Mark Pysyk Pro 7.5 C
3. Jake McCabe Pro 7.5 C
4. Nikita Zadorov CHL 7.5 C
5. Chad Ruhwedel Pro 7.0 C
6. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc Pro 6.0 C
7. Anthony Florentino NCAA 6.0 C
8. Nick Crawford Pro 5.5 C
9. Matt MacKenzie Pro 5.5 C
10. Brady Austin CHL 5.5 C
11. Mark Adams NCAA 5.0 D

Size and toughness main strengths of Buffalo Sabres prospect pool

by Jason Chen
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Joel Armia - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Finnish forward Joel Armia is among the many promising young prospects in the Buffalo Sabres' system. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Slowly, the Buffalo Sabres are shedding their reputation for being an undersized team severely lacking in the toughness department. At the 2012 NHL Draft, GM Darcy Regier selected two marquee centers, Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons, with the 12th and 14th overall picks, giving them size, depth and versatility at that position.

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Buffalo Sabres 2012 draft review

by Tony Musso
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Mikhail Grigorenko - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Center Mikhail Grigorenko was one of two centers the Sabres selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Buffalo Sabres entered the 2012 NHL Draft with four of the top 50 picks for the first time since 1998. Sabres brass knew they needed to get bigger and add more depth up the middle and addressed that by selecting five centers, including two in the first round. General Manager Darcy Regier had a clear plan in this draft, which was executed to near perfection.

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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Mikhail Grigorenko, Buffalo Sabres

by Ken McKenna
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Photo: Talented center Mikhail Grigorenko fell out of the 2012 NHL Draft's top 10 and into the laps of the Buffalo Sabres, who snapped Grigorenko up with the 12th pick overall (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

In the early going of the 2011-12 season, center Mikhail Grigorenko was considered by some to be the top prospect available for the 2012 NHL Draft.  By season's end, however, the talented Russian was dropping in the rankings, finally being chosen with the 12th selection overall by the Buffalo Sabres.

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Buffalo Sabres 2012 draft preview

by Tony Musso
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Photo: The Buffalo Sabres looked for some size and scoring from the wing at last year's NHL Draft with the selection of Finnish forward Joel Armia (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

 

The Buffalo Sabres enter the 2012 NHL Draft armed with four of the first 45 picks, which is the most picks inside the top 50 that they have had since 1998. Though he receives a lot of flak from fans, Darcy Regier should be commended for both his draft record and deft maneuverings at last year's draft as well as the 2012 trade deadline which brought in the extra first and second round picks that the Sabres hold this year.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 11-20

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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