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

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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 Pro 7.5 C
2. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.5 C
3. Victor Olofsson Europe 7.5 D
4. Hudson Fasching Pro 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. Jimmy Vesey Pro 7.5 B
2. William Carrier Pro 7.0 C
3. Alex Guptill Pro 7.0 D
4. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 D
5. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
6. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C
7. Evan Rodrigues Pro 6.0 D
8. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
9. Jean Dupuy CHL 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Connor Hurley NCAA 7.5 D
2. Tim Schaller Pro 6.5 C
3. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
4. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
5. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
6. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
7. Giorgio Estephan CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

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

Buffalo Sabres draw heavily from NCAA talent pool

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Photo: Will Borgen helped St. Cloud to an impressive third-place finish in the NCHC Conference before the playoffs began, building an impressive +17 rating along the way. (Courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Photo: Will Borgen’s +17 rating helped St. Cloud State to an impressive .729 win percentage this season and the team sat in third place before the NCHC playoffs began. (Courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

 

 

Perhaps more than almost any other team in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres have invested heavily in both the collegiate and European hockey scenes. A whopping 13 prospects from both factions inhabit their rankings, and that isn’t even including recent graduates like Boston University’s Jack Eichel and European Linus Ullmark. Read more»

Top 20 Buffalo Sabres prospects still full of NHL potential

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Photo: Just six months after he debuted at #1 of the Sabres top 20, super-rookie Jack Eichel is games away from graduating from Hockey's Future prospect criteria. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

Photo: Just six months after he debuted at #1 of the Sabres top 20, super-rookie Jack Eichel is games away from graduating from Hockey’s Future prospect criteria. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

 

 

The 2015-16 season has been quite noteworthy for the Buffalo Sabres and their prospects. After two consecutive seasons of languishing at the bottom of the standings, the team got an infusion of youth this season and have seen positive results. Read more»

Royals’ Joe Hicketts the top NHL property among WHL defensemen

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Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Hicketts served as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

 

The smallest defender lands the top ranking in this Hockey’s Future ranking of the top WHL defenders that are currently the property of NHL teams. Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals and a prospect of the Detroit Red Wings gets the nod as the defensive NHL property out of the WHL. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Eichel, Gostisbehere contend for Calder, Marner magic, Leipsic’s first NHL goal

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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brendan Leipsic celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the Vancouver Canucks this past weekend (courtesy of Rich Lam/Getty Images)

 

 

The Calder Trophy race is in full swing, and it appeared to be a three horse race heading into the rest of the regular season, but Shayne Gostisbehere is making a case to join Jack Eichel and others featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Also included is Brendan Leipsic’s first NHL goal, Joe Blandisi’s betweeen-the-legs effort, and more from Mitch Marner and a look at Jeff Lerg’s fine year in the ECHL. Read more»

2015-16 Calder Poll: Same trio tops the January NHL rookie rankings

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Dylan Larkin - Team Atlantic - 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game

Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been a top NHL rookie from the start of the 2015-16 season, which earned him a place in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game that took place at the end of January (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

The Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the leading candidates for this year’s Calder Trophy according to the January staff poll at Hockey’s Future. But the offensive exploits of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere — as well as the play of rookie goalies Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson — has made things interesting as the season progresses. Read more»

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