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. Andrey Makarov Pro 7.0 C
2. Jason Kasdorf NCAA 7.0 D
3. Linus Ullmark Europe 7.0 D
4. Jonas Johansson Europe 6.5 C
5. Nathan Lieuwen Pro 6.0 C
6. Cal Petersen NCAA 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Justin Bailey CHL 7.0 C
2. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.0 C
3. Hudson Fasching NCAA 7.0 C
4. Vaclav Karabacek CHL 7.0 D
5. Victor Olofsson Europe 7.0 D
6. Judd Peterson NCAA 6.0 D
7. Colin Jacobs Pro 5.0 C
8. Christian Isackson NCAA 4.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 D
2. William Carrier Pro 7.0 D
3. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
4. Jerry D'Amigo Pro 6.5 C
5. Jordan Samuels-Thomas Pro 6.0 C
6. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C
7. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
8. Brad Navin NCAA 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sam Reinhart CHL 8.0 B
2. Mikhail Grigorenko Pro 7.5 B
3. JT Compher NCAA 7.0 C
4. Connor Hurley NCAA 7.0 C
5. Johan Larsson Pro 6.5 B
6. Phil Varone Pro 6.5 C
7. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
8. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
9. Tim Schaller Pro 6.0 B
10. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
11. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
12. Kevin Sundher Pro 4.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Zadorov Pro 8.0 B
2. Jake McCabe Pro 7.5 B
3. Chad Ruhwedel Pro 7.0 C
4. Anthony Florentino NCAA 7.0 D
5. Brycen Martin CHL 6.5 C
6. Brady Austin Pro 6.0 C
7. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc Pro 6.0 D
8. Mark Adams NCAA 4.0 C

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