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

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