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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. 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. Jean Dupuy CHL 5.5 D
9. Brad Navin NCAA 5.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Eichel NCAA 9.0 B
2. Sam Reinhart CHL 8.0 B
3. JT Compher NCAA 7.0 C
4. Connor Hurley NCAA 7.0 C
5. Phil Varone Pro 6.5 C
6. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
7. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
8. Tim Schaller Pro 6.0 B
9. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
10. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
11. Giorgio Estephan CHL 6.0 D
12. Kevin Sundher Pro 4.0 C


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 7.0 D
5. Brycen Martin CHL 6.5 C
6. Devante Stephens CHL 6.5 C
7. Brady Austin Pro 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
11. Mark Adams NCAA 4.0 C

Sabres 2005 draft preview

by Ken McKenna

Sabres Top 10 Prospects

1. Thomas Vanek, LW
2. Derek Roy, C
3. Jason Pominville, RW
4. Drew Stafford, RW
5. Daniel Paille, LW/C
6. Clarke MacArthur, LW
7. Paul Gaustad, C
8. Chris Thorburn, RW
9. Nathan Paetsch, D Read more»

Sabres 2000 draft evaluation

by Ken McKenna

The Buffalo Sabres were just one year removed from an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals at the time of the 2000 NHL Draft. But the team barely made the playoffs in 2000, and, as a result finished in the middle of the overall standings, leaving them with the 15th selection in the draft.

With a roster that sported an aging Doug Gilmour, plus two younger, defensively-oriented centers in Mike Peca and Curtis Brown and little else at that position, the Sabres entered the 2000 NHL Draft looking to possibly upgrade their depth at center. The crop at that position, however, at least in the first round, was a modestly skilled group with no one player truly standing out. So, the expectation was that the Sabres would follow the tried and true “best player available” scenario in making that first round pick.

There was some thought that Darcy Regier and his scouts would be interested in choosing Czech center Vaclav Nederost if he fell to their position, but Nederost was chosen with the 14th pick by Colorado. With the Sabres pick up next, there were a few interesting names left unselected, including Russian winger Alexander Frolov, Buffalo-born defenseman Brooks Orpik, and Russian defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Instead, the Sabres made what many termed a “reach” by choosing center Artem Kriukov,, a large but largely unknown player in the Russian junior leagues. Kriukov had suffered a serious concussion in his draft year which limited the opportunities to see him in action, but the Sabres hockey braintrust liked his potential and felt that he wouldn’t be Read more»

Sabres Top 20 prospects

by Ken McKenna

In the preseason version of this listing of the Buffalo Sabres Top 20 prospects, forward Thomas Vanek knocked goaltender Ryan Miller from the top slot that the goaltender had held for some time. But the pendulum has swung back towards Miller in this mid-season presentation of the Top 20, with the two Rochester Americans teammates reverting back to their former standings.

This reversal is probably the most significant change in the top ten rankings, but there has been other movement in the lower half of the list that has a few new names appearing in the top 20 for the first time. Newcomers to the list include goaltender Michal Valent, a 2004 selection, and defenseman Nathan Paetsch, one of a handful of rearguards chosen by the Sabres in the 2003 NHL
Entry Draft.

As has been the case for the past couple of seasons, forwards have a solid hold on the top ten, with defensive prospects being better represented in the lower half of the list. There appears to be a solid mix of offensive players and grinders amongst the forwards, with Vanek, Roy and Pominville representing the former and Paille and Stafford amongst the latter. On the other hand, the defensive prospects seem to suffer from the lack of a real standout performer, while the group itself is characterized by more undersized players with decent ability. The goaltending is obviously topped by Miller, with the Slovakian netminder Valent having the potential to develop into a solid goaltendi Read more»

Stafford heads quintet of Sabres prospects at WJC

by Ken McKenna

A quick reading of Drew Stafford’s pre-draft scouting report might have given the impression that the Buffalo Sabres used their top pick in the 2004 NHL Draft on a moderately skilled winger with a strong work ethic. To some, Stafford’s profile screamed “Barrett Heisten”, the Sabres 1999 top selection who, six years on, is still trying to secure regular employment in the NHL.

For his part, Stafford, currently one of the better forwards at the NCAA level, may have quieted some of the concerns for his game with a strong performance at the 2005 World Junior Championships held in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Perhaps it was a case of some home cooking for the University of North Dakota star, since the Ralph Englestad Arena where many of the WJC games took place is UND’s home arena.

Whatever the case, Stafford’s performance should have the Sabres hockey department feeling good about their most recent first round selection. They may even be feeling some pride in the play of two more of their WJC participants, Clarke MacArthur and Denis Ezhov. The pair turned in solid performances of their own, with MacArthur taking home a gold medal playing for Canada and Ezhov bagging silver with the Russian team.

Although his USA squad failed to defend their 2004 gold medal, Stafford showed that he is more than just a grinder with some ability. Indeed, the Faribault, Minnesota native finished the tournament as the team’s leading scorer and goal scorer. He finished with eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) to finish tied for eighth in scoring in Read more»

Rochester Americans season preview

by Ken McKenna

After three consecutive years of playoff futility that saw the Rochester Americans ousted in the first round of the AHL playoffs, the club made a nice run in the 2003-04
postseason only to fall in the Western Conference final to their new nemesis, the Milwaukee Admirals. Although a series loss on the brink of the Calder Cup final was no doubt some hard medicine for the Amerks, the upside was that the team experienced some success with a roster that included several young NHL prospects.

Many of those same young prospects are returning to the 2004-05 edition of the Amerks, with some additional highly touted young guns added to the mix.

Rochester’s parent club, the Buffalo Sabres, signed two first round selections in the offseason, including 2002 selection and former Guelph Storm star Daniel Paille, and former Frozen Four MVP and 2003 top pick Tomas Vanek. In addition to those two highly anticipated signings, the Amerks also inked young Sabres defenseman Jeff Jillson to an AHL contract, which adds three former first round picks to a lineup already sporting some emerging young talent.

The foundation for the Amerks success last season was the special teams units, which included a power play that ranked first overall in the AHL plus the eighth-ranked penalty killing contingent. The powe Read more»

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