Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth and talent of prospects at pro level
  • Depth of play making centers
  • Deep pool of NHL ready defenders
Weaknesses
  • 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
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. 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

Centers

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

Defensemen

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

Smallish forwards headline Blue Jackets prospect awards

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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

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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

Seth Ambroz, LW, Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA) Read more»

Blue Jackets’ 2007 draft laid framework for Jeff Carter trade

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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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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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