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. 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


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


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

Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

by Ken McKenna
Jarred Tinordi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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Bill Arnold relishing experience at Frozen Four

by DJ Powers
Photo: Forward Bill Arnold (left) has been an important part of Boston College's success this season. (Photo courtesy of

Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Sophomore Bill Arnold has been a key contributor to Boston College's success not only on the offensive side, but on the defensive side as well. In February, he became the hero of the Beanpot Championship after scoring the game-winner in overtime to defeat nemesis Boston University 3-2.

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Calgary Flames drafted for grit and toughness in 2007

by HF Staff
Photo: Selected 24th overall, Mikael Backlund has developed into a solid top-six center at the NHL level. (Photo courtesy of the NHL)

The 2007 draft started with the Calgary Flames lacking picks in either the 2nd or 3rd round, but with multiple picks in both the 5th and 6th. Darryl Sutter managed to make a number of deals, including trading down in the first round from 18th to 24th where they selected a piece of the future of their top six. In the end the Flames only selected five players in what was seen as a very "safe" draft class.

Mikael Backlund, C, Vasteras (SWE) – 1st round, 24th overall
Status: NHL Player
Games Played in NHL: 138

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Abbotsford Heat chock full of hard-working, checking forwards

by HF Staff
Photo: Joni Ortio is currently in his first full season of North American professional hockey. Through eight games with the Abbotsford Heat he has a goals against average of 2.88 and a record of 1-4. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Abbotsford Heat have so far had a successful 2011-12 campaign. After a disappointing year in 2010-11, they find themselves not only in the upper echelon of their conference, but vying for their second playoff appearance in franchise history.

Though most of the Flames prospects playing for the Heat are of the "grinder" mold there are several who are showing top end potential.


Greg Nemisz, RW, 21
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Calgary Flames well represented in WHL

by HF Staff
Photo: Tyler Wotherspoon has the tools to at least develop into a defensive defensemen if not much more. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

In line with their recent drafting tendencies, the Calgary Flames have a number of top prospects playing in the Western Hockey League. Headlined by top prospect Sven Baertschi, Calgary also has a pair of forward prospects vying for spots on Team Canada's 2012 World Junior roster.

Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland Winterhawks
Acquired: 1st round (13th overall) in 2011

Sven Baertschi has very quickly shown why he was worthy of the 13th overall selection in the 2011 draft. Due to his time at Flames training camp, combined with an early season hip injury, Baertschi missed a significant amount of time at the start of the year. Despite these challenges he has managed to put up some impressive numbers. In just 24 games played this year Baertschi has posted 12 goals and 42 assists. His stunning rate of 2.25 points per game is best in the WHL.
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