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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anton Forsberg Pro 7.0 C
2. Oscar Dansk Pro 7.0 D
3. Joonas Korpisalo Europe 6.5 C
4. Elvis Merzlikins Europe 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Oliver Bjorkstrand Pro 7.5 C
2. Daniel Zaar Pro 7.0 D
3. Josh Anderson Pro 6.5 C
4. Kole Sherwood CHL 6.5 D
5. Seth Ambroz Pro 6.0 C
6. Nick Moutrey CHL 6.0 C
7. Tyler Bird Junior 6.0 C
8. Keegan Kolesar CHL 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Paul Bittner CHL 7.5 D
2. Kerby Rychel Pro 7.0 B
3. Julien Pelletier CHL 6.5 D
4. Markus Soberg CHL 6.0 C
5. Markus Hannikainen Pro 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sonny Milano Pro 7.5 C
2. William Karlsson Pro 7.0 C
3. Kevin Stenlund Europe 7.0 C
4. T.J. Tynan Pro 7.0 D
5. Alex Broadhurst Pro 6.5 C
6. Michael Chaput Pro 6.5 C
7. Peter Quenneville CHL 6.5 D
8. Lukas Sedlak Pro 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zach Werenski NCAA 8.5 C
2. Gabriel Carlsson Europe 7.5 C
3. Michael Paliotta Pro 7.0 C
4. Dillon Heatherington Pro 7.0 C
5. Ryan Collins NCAA 7.0 C
6. Vladislav Gavrikov Europe 7.0 D
7. Blake Siebenaler CHL 6.5 C
8. Sam Ruopp CHL 6.5 C
9. Olivier LeBlanc CHL 6.0 D
10. Oleg Yevenko Pro 6.0 D
11. Markus Nutivaara Europe 5.5 D

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