Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Deep and skilled group of goaltenders
  • Skill/speed of left wingers
  • Increasing size and skill of defensemen
  • Leadership, character, grit, and speed of prospects
  • Elite top line scoring
  • Mobile/offensive defenseman
  • Lacking depth at right 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. Nick Schneider CHL 7.5 D
2. Jon Gillies Pro 7.0 C
3. Joni Ortio Pro 7.0 C
4. Mason McDonald CHL 7.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Emile Poirier Pro 7.0 B
2. Hunter Smith Pro 6.5 C
3. Austin Carroll Pro 5.5 D
4. Garnet Hathaway Pro 5.5 D
5. Tim Harrison NCAA 5.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Morgan Klimchuk Pro 7.0 C
2. Andrew Mangiapane CHL 7.0 D
3. Michael Ferland Pro 6.5 B
4. Kenny Agostino Pro 6.5 C
5. Bryce Van Brabant Pro 6.5 D
6. Turner Elson Pro 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sam Bennett Pro 8.0 C
2. Markus Granlund Pro 7.0 B
3. Bill Arnold Pro 7.0 C
4. Mark Jankowski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Matt DeBlouw NCAA 6.0 C
6. Pavel Karnaukhov CHL 6.0 D
7. Freddie Hamilton Pro 5.5 B


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Oliver Kylington Pro 7.5 D
2. Kenney Morrison Pro 7.0 C
3. Rasmus Andersson CHL 7.0 D
4. Tyler Wotherspoon Pro 6.5 B
5. Brett Kulak Pro 6.5 C
6. Ryan Culkin Pro 6.5 C
7. Brandon Hickey NCAA 6.5 C
8. Patrick Sieloff Pro 6.0 C
9. Keegan Kanzig CHL 6.0 C
10. John Gilmour NCAA 6.0 C
11. Rushan Rafikov Europe 6.0 D
12. Adam Ollas Mattsson Europe 6.0 D
13. Riley Bruce CHL 6.0 D

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by David Hahn
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Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane was a top-ten scorer in the OHL last season, showing he has the work ethic and the skill level to put doubts about his physical game aside (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Calgary Flames have been able to quickly assess whether or not a number of their prospects are ready for NHL action over the last few years. With Sam Bennett, Micheal Ferland, and Joni Ortio playing a role in the team’s recent success, there are a number of players behind them working to do the same.
The Flames prospect pool is interesting because skaters who play professionally outnumber those who play junior or amateur hockey by a decent margin. The Flames’ penchant for patience, both in preferring older CHL players and allowing their collegiate prospects to play out their four years, results in an older and more experienced prospect pool.

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Photo: Stockton Heat goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has appeared in seven games for the Heat so far in 2015-16, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage (courtesy of Asvitt Photography)

Jon Gillies doesn’t look or act like a rookie for the Stockton Heat.

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Photo: After a slow start to his 2015-16 season, Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett has picked up the pace, posting three goals and nine points in 14 games this season (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either.  Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

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Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid has begun to produce after a quiet start to his 2015-16 season, netting five goals and 12 points in 11 games (courtesy of Chris LaFrance/Icon Sportswire)

The final section of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects features the least controversial 1-2 ranking in memory. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres are two of the most dynamic young players to arrive on the NHL scene since Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin debuted a decade ago. Read more»

Sam Bennett, other Calgary Flames prospects looking to make an impact in 2015-16

by David Hahn
Rasmus Andersson - Calgary Flames

Photo: A 2015 second-round pick, Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson can quiet some of his doubters with another big offensive season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Calgary Flames are just now beginning to reap the rewards of patience with the prospect group. After three consecutive quality drafts, there are a number of quality prospects already signed with the team that are either on the verge of playing in the NHL or already there. Among them, Sam Bennett is at the top of the heap, and for good reason.

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