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 Pro 7.0 C
2. Joni Ortio Pro 7.0 C
3. Mason McDonald CHL 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Emile Poirier Pro 7.0 C
2. Hunter Smith CHL 6.0 D
3. Austin Carroll CHL 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 CHL 7.0 C
2. Kenny Agostino Pro 6.5 C
3. Michael Ferland Pro 6.5 C
4. Ben Hanowski Pro 6.5 C
5. Bryce Van Brabant Pro 6.5 D
6. David Wolf Pro 6.0 C
7. 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. Max Reinhart Pro 6.5 C
6. Matt DeBlouw NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Patrick Sieloff Pro 7.0 C
2. Kenney Morrison Pro 7.0 C
3. Tyler Wotherspoon Pro 6.5 B
4. Brett Kulak Pro 6.5 C
5. Ryan Culkin 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. Brandon Hickey NCAA 6.5 D
10. Eric Roy CHL 6.0 C
11. Rushan Rafikov Europe 6.0 D
12. Adam Ollas Mattsson Europe 6.0 D

Calgary Flames prospects gaining NCAA postseason experience

by Brian Jung
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Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov is an intelligent and calm defenseman. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov is an intelligent and calm defenseman playing in Russia’s second tier league. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The NCAA continues to be a quality source of promising prospects for the Calgary Flames with six currently represented in the system. Leading the way is a trio of Providence Friars which includes Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski, and John Gilmour. Matt Deblouw and Tim Harrison have returned to their respective schools with stronger seasons, while freshman Brandon Hickey has stepped in and elevated his play as a defender for Boston University.

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McDonald, Fucale the upper tier among NHL-drafted QMJHL goaltenders

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Zach Fucale - Team Canada - IIHF 2015 World Junior Tournament

Photo: Quebec Remparts goaltender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale was the starter in 5 of 7 games for the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

There are just six NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the QMJHL this season, a relatively low number for the league once known for producing some of the top goaltenders in the NHL. At most, there is three netminders with some combination of pedigree and talent, while the others are unlikely to advance far in pro hockey. Read more»

2014-15 Calder Poll: Ekblad impresses but Forsberg remains atop February ranking

by Tony Piscotta
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Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad has displayed the same maturity and talent level in his first NHL season that he was known for during his junior hockey days with the OHL’s Barrie Colts (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has played a key role in his team’s surprising push for the final wild card playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and as a result has all but closed the gap with Nashville Predators‘ left wing Filip Forsberg — the leading scorer among rookies — in the February Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll. Read more»

Gillies leads small but impressive group of NHL-drafted goaltenders from the NCAA

by DJ Powers
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Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College has maintained a presence in the top 15 of the NCAA Hockey rankings, with goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies playing a big part in the team’s success in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Fifteen NHL-drafted goaltenders are playing in the NCAA this season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer at the top five, all of whom are among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award that was recently announced. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Feb. 28th. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook , February, 2015

by Tony Androckitis
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Connor Brown - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown was chosen to take part in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference will undergo some major re-structuring over the summer as five AHL teams will be playing in California beginning in the 2015-16 season. But before the westward expansion takes place, there are several elite prospects playing in the Western Conference this season looking to make the full-time jump to the NHL. Read more»

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