Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Upper-echelon forwards are progressing nicely.
  • Copious amounts of sizeable, defensive defensemen.
  • Tremendous amount of overall depth.
Weaknesses
  • Few prospects expected to reach "elite" or "gamebreaker" status.
  • Recent grabs for offensive d-men came up short.
  • Goaltending depth is limited in quantity and quality.

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. Jack Campbell Pro 8.0 C
2. Philippe Desrosiers CHL 7.5 C
3. Brent Moran CHL 7.0 D
4. Henri Kiviaho Pro 6.5 D
5. Maxime Lagace Pro 5.5 F

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 C
2. Matej Stransky Pro 7.0 D
3. Branden Troock Pro 7.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jason Dickinson CHL 7.5 C
2. Cole Ully CHL 7.0 C
3. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 C
4. Remi Elie CHL 6.5 C
5. Brendan Ranford Pro 6.5 D
6. Ludwig Karlsson Pro 6.5 D
7. Matej Paulovic Junior 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore NCAA 7.5 C
2. Mattias Janmark Europe 7.5 C
3. Brett Pollock CHL 7.5 C
4. Radek Faksa Pro 6.5 B
5. Gemel Smith Pro 6.5 D
6. Emil Molin Europe 6.5 D
7. Scott Glennie Pro 6.0 C
8. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Julius Honka Pro 8.0 C
2. Jamie Oleksiak Pro 7.5 C
3. Ludvig Bystrom Europe 7.0 C
4. John Klingberg Pro 7.0 C
5. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 C
6. Dmitry Sinitsyn Europe 7.0 C
7. Michael Prapavessis NCAA 7.0 C
8. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
9. Aaron Haydon CHL 7.0 D
10. Mattias Backman Pro 6.5 C
11. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
12. Alex Peters CHL 6.5 C
13. Esa Lindell Europe 6.5 D
14. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
15. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
16. Troy Vance Pro 6.0 C
17. Jyrki Jokipakka Pro 6.0 C
18. Patrick Sanvido CHL 5.5 D

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