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. Joonas Korpisalo Pro 7.0 C
2. Anton Forsberg Pro 7.0 C
3. Oscar Dansk Europe 7.0 D
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 7.5 D
3. Keegan Kolesar CHL 7.5 D
4. Josh Anderson Pro 7.0 C
5. Kole Sherwood CHL 6.5 D
6. Nick Moutrey Pro 6.0 C
7. Tyler Bird NCAA 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. Markus Soberg Europe 6.0 C
4. Markus Hannikainen Pro 6.0 D


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


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

Handful of Columbus Blue Jackets prospects had productive playoffs

by Chris Roberts

Photo: One current Columbus Blue Jackets prospect and one former one faced off at the 2012 Memorial Cup Tournament. Michael Chaput led the Shawinigan Cataractes to the Memorial Cup and was rewarded with an NHL contract, while goaltender Mathieu Corbeil of the Saint John Sea Dogs went unsigned (courtesy of Terry Wilson / CHL Images)


While the majority of Columbus Blue Jackets prospects missed out on post-season play this season – the Springfield Falcons, where the bulk of the organization’s prospects play, missed the playoffs – there were a few that did make enormous contributions to their teams' playoff fortunes. Goaltender Mathieu Corbeil helped lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to a QMJHL Championship, while Michael Chaput was named the Memorial Cup MVP. After the most disappointing season in the club’s history, the Blue Jackets, at the very least, received some rays of hope with the performances of select prospects.

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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets

by Ken McKenna

Photo: Defenseman Ryan Murray ended up being chosen as predicted by most, going to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)


The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft needing help at all positions. Holding the second selection overall in the draft allowed Scott Howson and Co. to begin their building efforts in a big way, and they did just that with the selection of defenseman Ryan Murray from the WHL's Everett Silvertips.

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2012 draft preview

by Chris Roberts

Photo: The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a first round pick at the 2011 NHL Draft, so second rounder Boone Jenner was the team's top pick at last year's draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)


The Columbus Blue Jackets had one of their most disappointing seasons in recent history, and with the likely departure of Rick Nash, the 2012 NHL Draft could to mark a turning point in the franchise's history. Though they missed out on winning the draft lottery, they should still come away with a top prospect with the second-overall selection.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

by Ken McKenna
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

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.