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

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Hunter Shinkaruk Pro 7.5 C
2. Morgan Klimchuk Pro 7.0 C
3. Andrew Mangiapane CHL 7.0 D
4. Kenny Agostino Pro 6.5 C
5. Bryce Van Brabant Pro 6.5 D
6. Turner Elson Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Pollock CHL 7.0 C
2. Mark Jankowski Pro 6.5 B
3. Bill Arnold Pro 6.0 B
4. Matt DeBlouw NCAA 6.0 C
5. Pavel Karnaukhov CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Oliver Kylington Pro 7.5 D
2. Kenney Morrison Pro 7.0 D
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. Patrick Sieloff Pro 6.5 C
8. John Gilmour NCAA 6.5 C
9. Brandon Hickey NCAA 6.5 C
10. Keegan Kanzig CHL 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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