Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Defense
  • Goaltending depth
Weaknesses
  • Lack of depth on the wings

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. Calvin Pickard Pro 7.5 C
2. Sami Aittokallio Pro 7.5 C
3. Spencer Martin CHL 7.0 C
4. Maximilian Pajpach Europe 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Magyar CHL 7.0 C
2. Garrett Meurs Pro 6.5 C
3. Luke Moffatt NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alexis Pepin CHL 6.5 C
2. Andrew Agozzino Pro 6.5 D
3. Trevor Cheek Pro 6.0 C
4. Paul Carey Pro 6.0 D
5. Julien Nantel CHL 6.0 D
6. Dennis Everberg Pro 6.0 D
7. Samuel Henley CHL 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joey Hishon Pro 7.0 C
2. Michael Sgarbossa Pro 7.0 C
3. Conner Bleackley CHL 7.0 C
4. Brad Malone Pro 6.5 B
5. Nate Condon NCAA 6.5 C
6. Troy Bourke CHL 6.5 C
7. Colin Smith Pro 6.5 D
8. Mitchell Heard Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Stefan Elliott Pro 7.5 C
2. Chris Bigras CHL 7.5 C
3. Duncan Siemens Pro 7.0 C
4. Kyle Wood CHL 7.0 C
5. Gus Young NCAA 6.5 C
6. Mason Geertsen CHL 6.5 C
7. Wilhelm Westlund Europe 6.5 C
8. Will Butcher NCAA 6.5 C
9. Anton Lindholm Europe 6.5 C
10. Karl Stollery Pro 6.5 D
11. Cody Corbett CHL 6.5 D
12. Gabriel Beaupre Pro 6.0 C
13. Markus Lauridsen Pro 6.0 C
14. Ben Storm Junior 6.0 D

Colorado’s top-20 prospects led by defenseman Stefan Elliot

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Photo: Rookie defenseman Stefan Elliot has been impressive this season, splitting time between the AHL and NHL. (Photo courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

With 16 roster players set to become either restricted or unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2011-12 season, Colorado Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman may opt to promote from within, providing an opportunity for many of his young prospects to play at the NHL level in 2012-13. Stefan Elliott, Tyson Barrie, Cameron Gaunce, Mark Olver, Brad Malone and Mike Connolly each have a good chance at leaving the AHL behind for good next season. Four of the prospects who appear in the Top 20 have suited up for NHL duty this year, and several more could receive a similar opportunity before the season concludes.

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Colorado Avalanche stocked up on future NHLers at 2007 draft

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Photo: Colorado's first pick of the 2007 Draft, Kevin Shattenkirk has gradually developed into one of the top young puck-moving defensemen in the NHL. (Photo courtesy of the NHL)

A retrospective glance at the selections made by the Colorado Avalanche at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft shows that former general manager Fracois Giguere and his team did a an above average job evaluating prospective talent for that season.

Despite striking out with a few risky picks in the late rounds, the Avalanche made their early selections count. Kevin Shattenkirk is a budding young star, T.J. Galiardi is an NHL regular, and Brad Malone, Kent Patterson, and Colby Cohen appear to be on their way to contributing at hockey's most elite level.

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Colorado Avalanche’s minor-league affiliate led by offensive defensemen

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Photo: Former first-rounder Joey Hishon is still suffering post-concussion syndrome and has yet to suit up for a game in the 2011-12 season. Having been out for eight months already, there is growing concern regarding Hishon's hockey career. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Lake Erie Monsters are in their fifth year as the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. They currently stand at third in the North Division of the Western Conference with a 16-15-1-1 record. Like many teams in the AHL this season, the Monsters have seen a great deal of players shuttle back and forth between the AHL and NHL, the most notable being Stefan Elliot, who looks as though he may be staying in the NHL for the remainder of the season.

Tyson Barrie, D, 20
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Colorado Avalanche possess slew of bruising defenders in junior

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Photo: A late round pick in 2011, Garret Meurs has shown improved consistency early on in the 2011-12 season. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have six prospects honing their skills at the junior level, comprised of one player in the OHL, two in the QMJHL in the WHL, and three in the WHL.

OHL

Stephen Silas, D, Belleville Bulls
Acquired: 4th round (95th overall) in 2010

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Colorado Avalanche Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

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Photo: Duncan Siemens possesses all of the tools to one day be a top four NHL defenseman. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

With a propensity to draft players from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL, Colorado Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman has assembled a wealth of skilled prospects who either continue to refine their game in the Canadian Hockey League, or have moved on to playing with Colorado's AHL-affiliated Lake Erie Monsters. Fewer in number are the Avalanche's prospects currently honing their craft in the NCAA or in Europe, but they do have several with the potential to be serviceable NHL players in the not-so-distant-future.

Position-wise, the Avalanche can boast about having a system that is arguably the richest in talent along the blue line, in addition to a promising plethora of young game-changers between the pipes. Up front, the Avalanche have considerably less depth, but they may still have a couple of future stars on their hands.

Left Wing
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