Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth at center
  • Many prospects ready for NHL
  • Depth in goaltending
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. Linus Ullmark Europe 7.5 D
2. Cal Petersen NCAA 7.0 C
3. Andrey Makarov Pro 7.0 D
4. Jason Kasdorf NCAA 7.0 D
5. Jonas Johansson Europe 6.5 C
6. Nathan Lieuwen Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Justin Bailey Pro 7.5 C
2. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.5 C
3. Victor Olofsson Europe 7.5 D
4. Hudson Fasching Pro 7.0 C
5. Vaclav Karabacek CHL 7.0 D
6. Judd Peterson NCAA 6.0 D
7. Colin Jacobs Pro 5.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jimmy Vesey Pro 7.5 B
2. William Carrier Pro 7.0 C
3. Alex Guptill Pro 7.0 D
4. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 D
5. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
6. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C
7. Evan Rodrigues Pro 6.0 D
8. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
9. Jean Dupuy CHL 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Connor Hurley NCAA 7.5 D
2. Tim Schaller Pro 6.5 C
3. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
4. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
5. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
6. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
7. Giorgio Estephan CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chad Ruhwedel Pro 7.0 C
2. Brendan Guhle CHL 7.0 C
3. Anthony Florentino NCAA 6.5 C
4. Brycen Martin CHL 6.5 C
5. Michael Sdao Pro 6.5 D
6. Brady Austin Pro 6.0 C
7. Devante Stephens CHL 6.0 C
8. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc Pro 6.0 D
9. Ivan Chukarov NCAA 6.0 D
10. Will Borgen NCAA 6.0 D

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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

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