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 CHL 7.5 C
2. Anton Forsberg Europe 7.0 C
3. Joonas Korpisalo Europe 6.5 C
4. Elvis Merzlikins Europe 6.5 C
5. Martin Ouellette NCAA 6.0 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 CHL 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 CHL 7.0 B
2. Jerry D'Amigo Pro 6.5 C
3. Paul Thompson Pro 6.5 D
4. Julien Pelletier CHL 6.5 D
5. Markus Soberg Europe 6.0 C

Centers

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

Columbus Blue Jackets 2013 draft preview

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Ryan Murray - Everett Silvertips

Photo: The 2nd overall pick in 2012, Ryan Murray’s 2012-13 season in Everett was cut short by a shoulder injury (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The Columbus Blue Jackets were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the season when the Detroit Red Wings picked up their 24th victory to bring its point total to 56. Despite coming up a point short from its second trip to the playoffs, the new look Blue Jackets exceeded expectations after adding depth forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov from New York. A mid-season trade brought Marian Gaborik over from the Rangers and the star winger finished with 27 points after posting 19 with New York.

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Breakout seasons abound in Columbus Blue Jackets prospect awards

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Boone Jenner - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Columbus’ 37th overall pick in 2011, Boone Jenner set career-highs with 45 goals and 82 points for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals in 2012-13 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a ton of depth along its blue line with a prospect class led by players such as Ryan Murray, Mike Reilly, and Dalton Prout. Its defenders seem to be improving consistently and its undersized forwards keep getting quicker. Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner lead the playmaking forwards with quick routes to the net and crisp passing. Columbus’ prospects awards shed light on some of the key players who we could see dominating the NHL in a few short years.

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Columbus Blue Jackets have deep prospect pools in NCAA and Europe

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T.J. Tynan - Notre Dame University

Photo: Notre Dame forward T.J. Tynan, one of the Blue Jackets’ highest NCAA draft picks, experienced a bit of a down year on the score sheet in his junior season (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

A majority of  their early draft picks come from the CHL, but the Columbus Blue Jackets fill out the rest of the system with low risk role players from the NCAA and goaltenders from Europe. Forward prospects like fifth round pick Seth Ambroz and third round pick T.J. Tynan fit into this criteria. Goaltenders Joonas Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg highlight the Blue Jackets’ prospects playing in Europe.

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Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets system has contributed to NHL playoff push

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Cam Atkinson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Cam Atkinson is one of several Blue Jackets prospects who has seen regular time in the lineup for Columbus during the 2013 NHL season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

Welcome to the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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Talent and depth on defense is the backbone of Columbus Blue Jackets Top 20 ranking

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Cam Atkinson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Cam Atkinson, who has 10 points in 21 games with Columbus this season, ranks as the top forward prospect in the mid-season Top 20 ranking (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

 
The Columbus Blue Jackets still have strong defensive depth and a good amount of young wingers slowly reaching their potential. Unfortunately for Columbus not all of these wingers can be Cam Atkinson or Boone Jenner. Much like the deep defensive core, the Blue Jackets are riddled with gritty forwards that get in the dirty areas, but have trouble finding the back of the net. Although the Blue Jackets have a significant amount of household names, the back-end prospects in the talent pool are not improving nearly as much as they should.

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