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. Kieran Millan Pro 7.0 D
5. Kent Patterson Pro 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Garrett Meurs Pro 6.5 C
2. Luke Moffatt NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Troy Bourke 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

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joey Hishon Pro 7.0 C
2. Michael Sgarbossa Pro 7.0 C
3. Brad Malone Pro 6.5 B
4. Nate Condon NCAA 6.5 C
5. Colin Smith Pro 6.5 D
6. Mitchell Heard Pro 6.0 C
7. Michael Clarke CHL 6.0 C
8. Joseph Blandisi CHL 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. Gus Young NCAA 6.5 C
5. Mason Geertsen CHL 6.5 C
6. Wilhelm Westlund Europe 6.5 C
7. Will Butcher NCAA 6.5 C
8. Karl Stollery Pro 6.5 D
9. Cody Corbett CHL 6.5 D
10. Gabriel Beaupre Pro 6.0 C
11. Markus Lauridsen Pro 6.0 C
12. Ben Storm Junior 6.0 D

Colorado Avalanche prospects finding success in the CHL

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Mason Geertsen - Vancouver Giants

Photo: The Avalanche drafted heavily out of the CHL in 2013, including the imposing Mason Geertsen, currently patrolling the Vancouver Giants blue line (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While the majority of the Colorado Avalanche prospects are playing professional hockey for the Lake Erie Monsters or Denver Cutthroats, recently drafted players have been sent back to their junior teams in the CHL.

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Team Rankings: MacKinnon boosts status of Colorado Avalanche prospect pool

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Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, center Nathan MacKinnon has made a smooth transition to the NHL level. (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects for each club are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.

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Extra years in development leagues for Colorado Avalanche prospects will pay off in the future

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Spencer Martin - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Spencer Martin was Colorado’s third round pick in 2013, adding to an already strong group of prospects in net for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start this season and youngsters like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon are big reasons for their early success. What all three have in common is that they were able to jump immediately from the junior ranks to the NHL after being drafted.

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Top 50: Alex Galchenyuk takes over as the top NHL prospect

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Alex Galchenyuk - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk skated less than 14 minutes on opening night against Toronto, but still registered two assists in the defeat (courtesy of Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

 
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the top 10 prospects, led by Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk. The top spots were tightly contested with many of the prospects already having made their mark in the NHL.

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Nathan MacKinnon’s impact in NHL heads the Colorado Avalanche’s storylines for 2013-14 season

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Chris Bigras - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Defenseman Chris Bigras made a good first impression in camp with the Avalanche before he was assigned to the Owen Sound Attack (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

All eyes will be on Nathan MacKinnon on October 2nd as he will make the Colorado Avalanche’s opening night roster as the third line pivot. The 18-year-old rookie has big expectations coming in as the first overall pick but is in an excellent situation to excel as he will have the opportunity to learn from some of the league’s best centermen, including rising star Matt Duchene.

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