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 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. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C
5. Evan Rodrigues Pro 6.0 D
6. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
7. Jean Dupuy CHL 5.5 D

Centers

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. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
5. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
6. Tim Schaller Pro 6.0 B
7. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
8. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
9. Giorgio Estephan CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

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

Defense prominently featured in Buffalo Sabres HF Prospect Awards

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Brian Flynn - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Brian Flynn has been one of the few pleasant surprises for the Buffalo Sabres this season. An undrafted free agent, Flynn managed six goals and five assists in 26 NHL games this season. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

It is an ongoing process for the Buffalo Sabres as they patiently wait for their prospects to develop. Most of their young players are already playing for the Sabres or their AHL affiliate in Rochester, and the ones still in college have improved by leaps and bounds. Below are the winners of the Buffalo Sabres Prospect Awards.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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