Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Deep pool of NHL ready defenders
  • Depth of play making centers
  • Depth and talent of prospects at pro level
Weaknesses
  • No premiere scorers at the wing
  • Goaltenders still a long way from NHL
  • Lack a big physical presence at forward

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. Oscar Dansk CHL 7.5 C
2. Anton Forsberg Europe 7.0 C
3. Elvis Merzlikins Europe 7.0 C
4. Martin Ouellette NCAA 6.5 C
5. Joonas Korpisalo Europe 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Oliver Bjorkstrand CHL 7.0 C
2. Daniel Zaar Europe 7.0 D
3. Josh Anderson CHL 6.5 C
4. Seth Ambroz NCAA 6.5 C
5. Nick Moutrey CHL 6.0 C
6. Tyler Bird Junior 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kerby Rychel CHL 7.5 D
2. Jerry D'Amigo Pro 6.5 C
3. Paul Thompson Pro 6.5 D
4. Julien Pelletier CHL 6.5 D
5. Markus Soberg Europe 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alexander Wennberg Europe 7.5 C
2. Sonny Milano Junior 7.5 C
3. Marko Dano Europe 7.5 D
4. T.J. Tynan Pro 7.0 D
5. Michael Chaput Pro 6.5 B
6. Peter Quenneville CHL 6.5 C
7. Sean Collins Pro 6.0 B
8. Lukas Sedlak CHL 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tim Erixon Pro 7.0 C
2. Mike Reilly NCAA 7.0 C
3. Dillon Heatherington CHL 7.0 C
4. Ryan Collins Junior 7.0 C
5. Thomas Larkin Pro 6.5 C
6. Blake Siebenaler CHL 6.5 C
7. Austin Madaisky Pro 6.5 D
8. Will Weber Pro 6.0 C
9. Olivier LeBlanc CHL 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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2012 World Championship: Thomas Larkin, Italy

by Chapin Landvogt
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It’s not often that you find a 6-5 defenseman with a right-handed shot blasting shots from the blueline. And it’s even more seldom that a player of this nature has an Italian passport. But both of these things are true in the case of Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2009 fifth round pick, Thomas Larkin.

With much on the line at the 2012 World Championships, Thomas Larkin and his teammates are doing all they can to position themselves for the 2014 Winter Olympics qualification round. With a 4-3 overtime victory against Denmark, the team has already been responsible for the tournament’s biggest upset to date.

Larkin answered a few questions for Hockey’s Future after the team’s opening day loss to Team Germany.

Hockey’s Future: I believe this is your first World Championship appearance

Thomas Larkin: It’s my first one in the top division. I represented Italy at the lower division tournament last spring.

HF: You opened this tournament with a tough 3-0 loss to Germany today. What was your take on the game?

TL: It was a tough game. I think we came out little soft, but started to feel well at the end there. By the time we figured things out, it was already too late.

HF: Do you find it difficult going from Colgate to the bigger European ice surfaces?

TL: It’s definitely a big change, especially playing defense against faster forwards, but it’s going well. We just had training camp for three weeks, so I’ve had some time to get used to it.

HF: What do you think this tournament will mean for you, perhaps even in the eyes of some NHL scouts who will be viewing events here?

TL: This tournament is really one of the best in the world and it’s a big step up for me going from playing college hockey to facing players from leagues like the NHL, AHL and KHL. You know, I just really hope to learn as much as I can this week and step my game up.

HF: Are you looking forward to playing against some of the stars playing for teams like Sweden and Russia?

TL: That’s definitely a factor, you know. Playing against players you’ve been watching on TV throughout the winter is really quite special. Nonetheless, I’ve got to try to keep that out of my mind and we’re going to try to sneak up on a few teams here and win a couple of games.

HF: There are a lot of guys on this Italian team who are originally from North America. What is your connection to the country? How is it you’re here playing for the “Azzurri”?

TL: Oh, I grew up there. My mother is Italian and I grew up in a town not far from Milan until I was 14. We then moved to the States. My dad is American, so I’m half and half, but I grew up in Italy and then moved to the States after that.

 

Smallish forwards headline Blue Jackets prospect awards

by Chris Roberts
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Photo: T.J. Tynan is one of several undersized but very talented players in the Blue Jackets system. Tynan has been a standout with the University of Notre Dame the last two years, managing 95 points in 83 games. (Photo courtesy of Zuma press/Icon SMI)

Below is the inaugural edition of the Columbus Blue Jackets prospect awards. The Blue Jackets remain among the bottom feeders in the NHL standings though unlike other teams who've languished at the bottom of the standings for several years, they lack a large stable of elite young talent. Instead there is a mix of moderately skilled, hard-working forwards and defensemen with loads of unrealized high-end potential.

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Blue Jackets system flush with NCAA prospects

by Chris Roberts
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Photo: Kevin Lynch (11) was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the second round of 2009 for his defensive prowess.  (Photo courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)

The Blue Jackets don't exactly have any blue-chip prospects currently playing NCAA hockey, but they've got a number of players who could potentially contribute to an NHL lineup in the near future. Undersized-center T.J. Tynan has quite a bit of offensive potential, while wingers Seth Ambroz and Jake Hansen have looked promising this season. On the back-end, Miami's Will Weber has been one of the top defensive defensemen in the CCHA. The club's lone prospect playing overseas, Anton Forsberg has been progressing better than expected, and at this point, looks to have NHL potential.

NCAA

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Blue Jackets’ 2007 draft laid framework for Jeff Carter trade

by Chris Roberts
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Photo: After spending his first three NHL seasons with Columbus, Jakub Voracek was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in a package that also sent the eighth and 68th overall picks of 2011 (Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins respectively) to Philly in exchange for center Jeff Carter. (Photo courtesy of the NHL)

It's been nearly five years since the 2007 NHL draft and the Blue Jackets top two selections are no longer with the organization. Not only that, they've only managed to get 24 games of NHL experience for their bottom five picks. Of their seven total selections, four went the NCAA route, three of whom are currently in their fourth and final season.

At this point, the jury is still somewhat out on how the organization did in the 2007 draft; it will likely depend on the progression of Weber, Hansen, and goaltender Allen York. The outlook however isn't too promising.
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