Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Skilled group of centers
  • Deep and diverse group of defensemen
Weaknesses
  • Shallow group of forwards
  • Lack of goaltending depth

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. Alex Nedeljkovic CHL 8.0 D
2. Daniel Altshuller Pro 7.0 C
3. Collin Olson Junior 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Greg Nemisz Pro 6.0 C
2. Jared Staal Pro 5.5 C
3. Brendan Woods Pro 5.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brock McGinn Pro 7.0 C
2. Warren Foegele NCAA 7.0 C
3. Sergey Tolchinsky CHL 7.0 D
4. Phil Di Giuseppe Pro 6.5 C
5. Justin Shugg Pro 6.5 D
6. Brent Pedersen CHL 6.0 C
7. Brendan Collier NCAA 5.5 C
8. Andrej Nestrasil Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Victor Rask Pro 7.0 C
2. Lucas Wallmark Europe 6.5 C
3. Patrick Brown Pro 6.5 D
4. Clark Bishop CHL 6.0 B
5. Brody Sutter Pro 5.5 B
6. Erik Karlsson (2012) Europe 5.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Haydn Fleury CHL 8.0 C
2. Ryan Murphy Pro 7.5 C
3. Trevor Carrick Pro 7.0 C
4. Jaccob Slavin NCAA 7.0 C
5. Brett Pesce NCAA 7.0 C
6. Danny Biega Pro 6.5 C
7. Keegan Lowe Pro 6.5 C
8. Austin Levi Pro 6.5 C
9. Josh Wesley CHL 6.5 C
10. Michal Jordan Pro 6.0 B
11. Rasmus Rissanen Pro 6.0 C
12. Tyler Ganly CHL 6.0 C
13. Kyle Jenkins CHL 6.0 D
14. Beau Schmitz Pro 5.5 C
15. Dennis Robertson Pro 5.5 C

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