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. 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

Centers

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

Defensemen

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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