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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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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. Marko Dano Pro 7.5 B
2. Mark McNeill Pro 7.0 C
3. Ryan Hartman Pro 7.0 C
4. John Hayden NCAA 7.0 D
5. Chris Calnan NCAA 6.5 C
6. Ryan Haggerty Pro 6.5 C
7. Matt Iacopelli NCAA 6.5 C
8. Kyle Baun Pro 6.5 C
9. Maxim Shalunov Europe 6.5 D
10. Roy Radke CHL 6.0 C
11. Jack Ramsey NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Teuvo Teravainen Pro 8.0 B
2. Nick Schmaltz NCAA 7.5 C
3. Phillip Danault Pro 7.0 C
4. Vince Hinostroza Pro 7.0 C
5. Dennis Rasmussen Pro 6.5 C
6. Tanner Kero Pro 6.5 C
7. Beau Starrett NCAA 6.5 D
8. Luke Johnson NCAA 6.0 C
9. Liam Coughlin NCAA 6.0 D
10. Dylan Sikura NCAA 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ville Pokka Pro 7.5 C
2. Trevor van Riemsdyk Pro 6.5 B
3. Dillon Fournier Pro 6.5 C
4. Carl Dahlstrom Europe 6.5 C
5. Luc Snuggerud NCAA 6.5 C
6. Gustav Forsling Europe 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. Sam Jardine NCAA 6.5 D
11. Nick Mattson NCAA 6.5 D
12. Viktor Svedberg Pro 6.0 C
13. Mathieu Brisebois Pro 6.0 C
14. Robin Norell Europe 6.0 C
15. Joni Tuulola Europe 6.0 C
16. Andreas Soderberg Europe 6.0 C
17. Robin Press Europe 6.0 D
18. Nolan Valleau Pro 6.0 D
19. Dennis Robertson Pro 5.5 C

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