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 7.0 C
2. Sami Aittokallio Pro 7.0 C
3. Spencer Martin CHL 6.5 C
4. Maximilian Pajpach Europe 6.5 D
5. Roman Will Europe 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Magyar CHL 7.0 D
2. Garrett Meurs Pro 6.0 D
3. Borna Rendulic Pro 6.0 D

Left Wing

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

Defensemen

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

Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

by Ken McKenna
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Jarred Tinordi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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Trio of defensemen virtually sweep Avalanche prospect awards

by John Canario
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Photo: Defenseman Tyson Barrie is one of several defensive prospects for the Avalanche to see some NHL duties in 2011-12. (Photo courtesy of

Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

Below is the first edition of the Colorado Avalanche prospect awards. Featuring most prominently are a troika of defensemen whose skill and efforts have elevated them to the top of the organization's prospect pool.

Most Improved Prospect: Michael Sgarbossa, C, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
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2012 World Championship: Gabriel Landeskog, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog is taking part in his first Men's World Championship tournament (courtesy of

Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
 

Last summer’s second overall pick at the NHL Draft, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, jumped straight into the NHL as many thought he might. Landeskog has traveled far in one year's time, as he now stands as a finalist for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL's Rookie of the Year.

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Avalanche Collegiate and European prospects led by trio of netminders

by John Canario
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Photo: Goaltender Kieran Millan recently finished an illustrious four-year NCAA career with Boston University. (Photo courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

When it comes to the annual NHL draft the Colorado Avalanche appear more likely to turn to NCAA-feeder leagues for their selections than to Europe, with six players currently playing college hockey to just three overseas. The Avalanche management team has assembled a respectable group of NCAA and European prospects and while none are ready to make the jump to the NHL at the present time, at least four players could see duty at hockey's most elite level within two years, three of whom are goaltenders.

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

by John Canario
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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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