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. Joonas Korpisalo Europe 6.5 C
4. Elvis Merzlikins Europe 6.5 C
5. Martin Ouellette NCAA 6.0 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 6.0 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 7.0 B
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 B
2. Sonny Milano Junior 7.5 C
3. Marko Dano Europe 7.0 B
4. T.J. Tynan Pro 7.0 D
5. Michael Chaput Pro 6.5 B
6. Peter Quenneville CHL 6.5 D
7. Sean Collins Pro 6.0 B
8. Lukas Sedlak CHL 6.0 C

Defensemen

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

Defense, depth forwards populate Columbus Blue Jackets minor-league system

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Photo: Cody Goloubef is one of several talented young defensemen in the Blue Jackets minor league system. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Springfield Falcons are off to another mediocre start this season, having gone 14-15-1 through 30 games, but there have been some positives. For the first time since Dan LaCosta was putting up decent numbers in Syracuse, the Blue Jackets have had decent goaltending in the minor affiliate this year – Manny Legace has been a stabilizing force between the pipes. The team also has more veteran firepower up front than they had in years prior. Yet, with a young defensive core and a slow start to the season, the team currently sits outside of the playoff picture.

AHL

Matt Calvert, LW, 22
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Struggling forwards highlight CHL pool for Columbus Blue Jackets

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Photo: Second round pick Boone Jenner is currently the top prospect for the Blue Jackets who is playing in the CHL. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Under General Manager Scott Howson, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been keen to draft players going the NCAA route. Consequentially, the team has just seven prospects currently playing in the CHL.

QMJHL

Michael Chaput, C, Shawinigan Cataractes
Acquired: Trade with Philadelphia, February 28th, 2011

An off-season trade to Shawinigan has helped boost Chaput’s offense this season. Though he was productive offensively with Lewiston last season, scoring just under a point-per-game, the Montreal native currently has 25 points in just 19 games. His 19 assists lead the team, and he has showed great chemistry with Russian Anton Zlobin, setting up the majority of his 21 goals.
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Columbus Blue Jackets Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

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Photo: Playing for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL, Boone Jenner has been among the most dominant players early in the season, managing 16 points in 13 games. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Columbus Blue Jackets boast one of the deepest prospect pools in hockey; while they don't have many top tier prospects – ignoring Ryan Johansen, of course – they have an abundance of potential second and third line forwards and top-six defensemen.

While the organization hasn't had that much of a makeover in terms of their prospects – apart from Nikita Filatov's departure – there has been noticeable progression in many mid-round picks, improving the organizational depth drastically; for instance, Matt Calvert, Cam Atkinson, Tomas Kubalik, David Savard, and Allen York have all improved their stock considerably.
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Springfield Falcons 2011-12 season preview

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Photo:

Matt Calvert will be expected to continue the success he had at the NHL last season where he managed 11 goals in 42 games. (Photo courtesy of Holly Gunning/HF)

 

While the Columbus Blue Jackets have had a very strong prospect pool for the past few years, their farm team has struggled, failing to make the playoffs in the last three seasons. Last year, the club began a partnership with the Springfield Falcons after having their farm team play out of Syracuse for ten years. The Falcons posted a record of 35-40-2-3, finishing fifth last in league-wide standings.

The team featured some promising young talent, but injuries and NHL call-ups played a vital role in their tough season; not to mention, the Falcons blue line was filled with young and inexperienced – though promising – defenders. The Falcons need improvements in every aspect if they are to be a playoff team this season, but with added depth both up front and on the back-end, and the maturation of younger players, they should be a more competitive team.

Forwards
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Johansen still top prospect for Columbus Blue Jackets

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Photo: The Blue Jackets took T.J. Tynan in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft with the hope he can develop into a similarly talented player as undersized forwards Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson. (Photo courtesy of DJ Powers/HF)

Over the past decade the Columbus Blue Jackets top 20 prospects would often feature a new face near the top following the annual Entry Draft; however, after dealing their first round selection in the 2011 draft to acquire Jeff Carter, their top 20 remains relatively unchanged. Their second and third round selections – Boone Jenner and T.J. Tynan – crack the top ten, while two second rounders from last year's draft – Dalton Smith and Petr Straka – fall quite a few spots after disappointing seasons.

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