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

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