Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Overall depth of system is strong
  • Defensive prospects mix size with mobility
  • Depth and talent of center prospects
Weaknesses
  • Lack of an elite goaltending prospect
  • Little depth on wings, particularly right side

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. Matt Tomkins NCAA 6.5 D
2. Ivan Nalimov Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mark McNeill Pro 7.0 C
2. Ryan Hartman Pro 7.0 C
3. Chris Calnan NCAA 6.5 C
4. Ryan Haggerty Pro 6.5 C
5. Matt Iacopelli NCAA 6.5 C
6. Kyle Baun Pro 6.5 C
7. Roy Radke CHL 6.5 C
8. Maxim Shalunov Europe 6.5 D
9. John Hayden NCAA 6.5 D
10. Jack Ramsey NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tyler Motte Pro 7.0 C
2. Graham Knott CHL 7.0 C
3. Radovan Bondra CHL 6.5 B
4. Anthony Louis NCAA 6.5 C
5. Fredrik Olofsson NCAA 6.5 C
6. John Dahlstrom Europe 6.0 C
7. Garret Ross Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Schmaltz NCAA 7.5 C
2. Vince Hinostroza Pro 7.0 C
3. Dennis Rasmussen Pro 6.5 C
4. Tanner Kero Pro 6.5 C
5. Beau Starrett NCAA 6.5 D
6. Luke Johnson Pro 6.0 C
7. Liam Coughlin NCAA 6.0 D
8. Dylan Sikura NCAA 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ville Pokka Pro 7.5 C
2. Viktor Svedberg Pro 7.0 C
3. Gustav Forsling Europe 7.0 C
4. Dillon Fournier Pro 6.5 C
5. Carl Dahlstrom Europe 6.5 C
6. Luc Snuggerud NCAA 6.5 C
7. Dennis Gilbert NCAA 6.5 C
8. Ryan Shea Junior 6.5 C
9. Jake Massie Junior 6.5 C
10. Mathieu Brisebois Pro 6.0 C
11. Robin Norell Europe 6.0 C
12. Joni Tuulola Europe 6.0 C
13. Andreas Soderberg Europe 6.0 C
14. Robin Press Europe 6.0 D
15. Nolan Valleau Pro 6.0 D

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