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. Anton Forsberg Pro 7.0 C
2. Oscar Dansk Pro 7.0 D
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. Kole Sherwood CHL 6.5 D
5. Seth Ambroz NCAA 6.0 C
6. Nick Moutrey CHL 6.0 C
7. Tyler Bird Junior 6.0 C
8. Keegan Kolesar CHL 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. Julien Pelletier CHL 6.5 D
4. Markus Soberg CHL 6.0 C
5. Markus Hannikainen Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alexander Wennberg Pro 7.5 B
2. Sonny Milano Pro 7.5 B
3. William Karlsson Pro 7.0 C
4. Kevin Stenlund Europe 7.0 C
5. T.J. Tynan Pro 7.0 D
6. Alex Broadhurst Pro 6.5 C
7. Michael Chaput Pro 6.5 C
8. Peter Quenneville CHL 6.5 D
9. Sean Collins Pro 6.0 B
10. Lukas Sedlak Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zach Werenski NCAA 8.5 C
2. Gabriel Carlsson Europe 7.5 C
3. Michael Paliotta Pro 7.0 C
4. Dillon Heatherington CHL 7.0 C
5. Ryan Collins NCAA 7.0 C
6. Travis Dermott CHL 7.0 C
7. Austin Madaisky Pro 7.0 D
8. Vladislav Gavrikov Europe 7.0 D
9. Thomas Larkin Pro 6.5 C
10. Blake Siebenaler CHL 6.5 C
11. Sam Ruopp CHL 6.5 C
12. Will Weber Pro 6.0 C
13. Olivier LeBlanc CHL 6.0 D
14. Markus Nutivaara Europe 5.5 D

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