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

Calgary Flames 2012 draft review

by Jared Ramsden

Photo: A forward for Stanstead College in Quebec, Mark Jankowski was one of the riskier selections made in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Having just missed out on the 2012 post-season, the Calgary Flames were in almost the exact same draft spot headed into the 2012 NHL Draft (14th overall) as they were in 2011 (13th overall). The organization did not stand pat at that position however and traded back seven spots with the Buffalo Sabres, picking up a second round pick in the process.

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Calgary Flames 2012 draft preview

by Ryan Holmer

Photo: Taken 13th overall in 2011, Sven Baertschi is the best offensive player the Flames have had in their system in many years. (Ken McKenna/HF)


The Calgary Flames currently own the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  Last year, the Flames drafted Swiss forward, Sven Baertschi, who has since dominated the WHL by producing a two-point per game pace. This upcoming draft will yet again be a big step for the Calgary Flames, as they attempt find another gem midway through the first round.

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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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