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

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Magyar CHL 7.0 D
2. Garrett Meurs Pro 6.5 D
3. Borna Rendulic Europe 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 D
4. Trevor Cheek 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. Troy Bourke CHL 6.5 C
5. Colin Smith Pro 6.5 C
6. Mitchell Heard Pro 6.0 C

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 CHL 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 Junior 6.0 D

Colorado Avalanche 2013 draft preview

by Blake Benzel
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Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado’s second overall pick in 2011, Gabriel Landeskog made an immediate impact in the lineup and was named the team’s captain in 2012 (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have had quite a bit of turnover already in their off-season, first firing former Head Coach Joe Sacco, then hiring Patrick Roy to be their new bench boss and Vice President of Hockey Ops and promoting Joe Sakic to be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Ops. Roy and Sakic have joined the fray and will look to help the team improve upon their prospect base that has them sitting 29th in the NHL in that regard.

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Minor pro players lead the Colorado Avalanche prospect awards

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Stefan Elliott - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: After a long stint in Colorado in 2011-12, defenseman Stefan Elliott underachieved at the AHL level for most of his season with Lake Erie in 2012-13 (courtesy of Jimmy Simmons/Icon SMI)

Despite making the playoffs a few seasons ago, the Colorado Avalanche have been languishing the last few seasons, not fully able to cash in on the promise of their young players. Not only have they struggled on the ice, but they have struggled in the draft as well, lacking the organizational depth that makes the great teams truly great. All that aside, there are players in their system that have stood out a bit above the rest.

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Small group of Colorado Avalanche prospects playing in NCAA and Europe

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Gus Young - Yale Bulldogs

Photo: Junior defenseman Gus Young stepped into a shutdown role in a breakout season for the National Champion Yale Bulldogs (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

It would be easy to overlook the prospects that the Colorado Avalanche have developing in the NCAA and Europe, simply because none are flashy prospects. All were drafted after the third round and none are even the superstars on their own teams. To overlook these four prospects, however, would be a huge mistake as all of them look to be making strides that will, ultimately, find them playing in the pro ranks soon.

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Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets system has contributed to NHL playoff push

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Cam Atkinson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Cam Atkinson is one of several Blue Jackets prospects who has seen regular time in the lineup for Columbus during the 2013 NHL season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

Welcome to the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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2013 Frozen Four: Young concentrating on defensive play at Yale

by DJ Powers
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2013 NCAA Frozen Four

Article: Yale defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Gus Young and his Bulldogs teammates will face-off against UMass Lowell in the early semi-final game at the 2013 Frozen Four.

Junior defenseman Gus Young (COL) has blossomed into a tough and effective defensive defenseman for the Yale Bulldogs this season. He has played in all 35 games for that school, posting eight points (two goals, six assists) to date. Young is one of just three Colorado Avalanche prospects playing in the NCAA this season.

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