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 Pro 7.5 C
2. Anton Forsberg Europe 7.0 C
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 CHL 7.0 C
2. Daniel Zaar Europe 7.0 D
3. Josh Anderson Pro 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 Pro 7.0 B
2. Jerry D'Amigo Pro 6.5 C
3. Julien Pelletier CHL 6.5 D
4. Markus Soberg CHL 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alexander Wennberg Pro 7.5 B
2. Sonny Milano CHL 7.5 C
3. Marko Dano Pro 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 Pro 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 NCAA 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. Will Weber Pro 6.0 C
8. Olivier LeBlanc CHL 6.0 D

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