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

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. Jon Gillies NCAA 7.0 C
2. Joni Ortio Pro 7.0 C
3. Mason McDonald CHL 7.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Emile Poirier CHL 7.0 C
2. Hunter Smith CHL 6.0 D
3. Austin Carroll CHL 5.5 D
4. Tim Harrison NCAA 5.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Johnny Gaudreau Pro 8.0 C
2. Sven Baertschi Pro 8.0 C
3. Kenny Agostino NCAA 7.0 C
4. Ben Hanowski Pro 7.0 C
5. Morgan Klimchuk CHL 7.0 C
6. Michael Ferland Pro 6.5 C
7. Bryce Van Brabant Pro 6.5 D
8. Turner Elson Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sam Bennett CHL 8.0 C
2. Max Reinhart Pro 7.5 C
3. Mark Jankowski NCAA 7.5 D
4. Bill Arnold Pro 7.0 C
5. Markus Granlund Pro 7.0 C
6. Corban Knight Pro 6.5 B
7. Josh Jooris Pro 6.5 C
8. Matt DeBlouw NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Patrick Sieloff Pro 7.0 C
2. Tyler Wotherspoon Pro 7.0 C
3. Ryan Culkin CHL 6.5 C
4. Mark Cundari Pro 6.5 C
5. John Ramage Pro 6.5 C
6. Chad Billins Pro 6.5 C
7. Brett Kulak CHL 6.5 D
8. Keegan Kanzig CHL 6.5 D
9. John Gilmour NCAA 6.5 D
10. Brandon Hickey Junior 6.5 D
11. Eric Roy CHL 6.0 D
12. Rushan Rafikov Europe 6.0 D
13. Adam Ollas Mattsson Europe 6.0 D

Depth and skill improving in Calgary Flames prospect pool

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Roman Horak - Calgary Flames

Photo: After spending most of his 2011-12 season with the Flames, center Roman Horak has opened his 2012-13 season with a goal-per-game pace for Abbotsford in the AHL. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

 
After years of poor draft selections, trading away draft picks to try to win now, and bad development of their prospects, the Calgary Flames have slowly improved their organizational depth and talent pool over the last few years. The Flames still have a lot of work to do in order for their farm system to be where a smaller market team, in today's NHL cap world, needs to be for success as a franchise.

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Arnold looks to master two-way game at BC

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Bill Arnold - Boston College

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Bill Arnold has played an important role in the success Boston College has experienced the past couple of seasons (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Bill Arnold is off to a hot start for Boston College as he continues to develop into one of the most dominant two-way forwards in college hockey.

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Calgary Flames have several exciting prospects to watch in 2012-13

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Laurent Brossoit - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Laurent Brossoit, vying for a chance to represent Canada at this winter's World Junior Championships, will look to duplicate his success from the Oil Kings' WHL title run last season. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / CHL Images)


The Calgary Flames have improved their organization’s long term depth and talent pool during the off-season through the draft and some free agent signings at the AHL level. The team has four prospects starting their professional careers in Abbotsford for the 2012-13 season. The Heat will be a good mix of young and veteran talent and a team with a lot of players trying to make their mark while hoping to return to the AHL playoffs again this season.

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Sven Baertschi maintains status as Calgary Flames’ top prospect

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T.J. Brodie - Calgary Flames

Photo: T.J. Brodie turned in a strong debut with the Calgary Flames in 2011-12, but the lockout will keep the offensively-minded blueliner in the AHL for the 2012-13 season. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

 
The Calgary Flames prospect pool appears to be on the upswing. A blue-chip prospect on the verge of NHL stardom like Sven Baertschi will do that for an organization, of course, but there are also a handful of prospects who earned NHL experience during the club's 2011-12 campaign. The organization boasts several high-upside prospects developing at lower levels of play as well, giving the Flames as strong a pipeline as they have had in recent years.

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Gaudreau hopes to add gold medal after winning national championship

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John Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect John Gaudreau hopes to be a part of the United States squad for the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

After being cut from the United States World Junior team last winter, John Gaudreau had doubts about his hockey career.  But in fact, being cut has helped Gaudreau take his game to the next level for Boston College.

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