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

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