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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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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 CHL 7.5 C
2. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.5 C
3. Victor Olofsson Europe 7.5 D
4. Hudson Fasching NCAA 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. William Carrier Pro 7.0 C
2. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 D
3. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
4. Jerry D'Amigo Pro 6.0 C
5. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C
6. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
7. Jean Dupuy CHL 5.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Eichel NCAA 9.0 B
2. Sam Reinhart CHL 8.0 B
3. Connor Hurley NCAA 7.5 D
4. Phil Varone Pro 7.0 D
5. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
6. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
7. Tim Schaller Pro 6.0 B
8. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
9. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
10. Giorgio Estephan CHL 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake McCabe Pro 7.5 B
2. Chad Ruhwedel Pro 7.0 C
3. Brendan Guhle CHL 7.0 C
4. Anthony Florentino NCAA 6.5 C
5. Brycen Martin CHL 6.5 C
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 Junior 6.0 D

Team Rankings: Talented, well-balanced prospect pool gives Florida Panthers top spot

by HF Staff

Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau finished the 2012-13 season tied for the lead among NHL rookies with 31 points (courtesy of Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Hockey's Future presents the top grouping of the Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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2013 Frozen Four: Ruhwedel’s long hockey path leads to Lowell, then Buffalo

by DJ Powers

Chad Ruhwedel - UMass-Lowell

Photo: Chad Ruhwedel, who led the UMass-Lowell defense in scoring during the 2012-13 season, signed a pro contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel didn’t take a short path to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In fact, the junior rearguard’s path was a rather winding one since he first started to play hockey in his hometown of San Diego, CA.

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Buffalo Sabres represented by small but talented group of NCAA and European prospects

by Jason Chen

Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe had a breakout sophomore season with the Wisconsin Badgers. McCabe was drafted 44th overall in 2012. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Buffalo Sabres tend to draft players out of the CHL, and as a result have fewer high-end prospects in Europe and the collegiate levels. Even when the Sabres elected to drafted European-born players with their first round picks, as they did twice in 2012 by taking Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons, both players were playing in North American leagues at the time.

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HF Prospect of the Month for February, 2013

by Ian Altenbaugh

Andrey Makarov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Goaltender Andrey Makarov went 15-0 in the month of February. Makarov was signed by the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent in 2012. (Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Saskatoon Blades goaltender Andrey Makarov (BUF) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for February. The undrafted Russian goaltender rocked the WHL last month, posting a 15-0 record, a 1.72 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage, and two shutouts.

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Mikhail Grigorenko remains top prospect for Buffalo Sabres

by Jason Chen

Mikhail Grigorenko - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Mikhail Grigorenko remains the top prospect for the Buffalo Sabres. Drafted 12th overall in 2012, Grigorenko has played 17 games in the NHL this season. (courtesy of Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)

The Buffalo Sabres prospect pool is in a state of transition, with many of their top prospects, such as Mikhail Grigorenko and Marcus Foligno, now contributing to the NHL roster. Many of the Sabres other prospects, such as Andrey Makarov and Daniel Catenacci, are dominating their respective competition levels and appear poised to move on to the professional level next year. In general, the Sabres have good depth at every position, though they are deepest at center and on defense.

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