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. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
4. Maxime Lagace CHL 5.5 F

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 C
2. Branden Troock CHL 7.5 D
3. Matej Stransky Pro 7.0 D
4. Cody Payne CHL 6.5 C
5. Austin Smith Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jason Dickinson CHL 7.5 C
2. Alex Guptill Pro 7.0 C
3. Cole Ully CHL 7.0 C
4. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 C
5. Remi Elie CHL 6.5 C
6. Nicholas Paul CHL 6.0 C
7. Matej Paulovic Europe 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore NCAA 7.5 C
2. Radek Faksa CHL 7.0 C
3. Mike Winther CHL 7.0 D
4. Emil Molin Europe 7.0 D
5. Scott Glennie Pro 7.0 D
6. Gemel Smith CHL 6.5 C
7. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C
8. Tristan King Pro 5.0 F

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jamie Oleksiak Pro 7.5 C
2. Ludvig Bystrom Europe 7.0 C
3. John Klingberg Europe 7.0 C
4. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 C
5. Dmitry Sinitsyn CHL 7.0 C
6. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
7. Cameron Gaunce Pro 6.5 B
8. Jyrki Jokipakka Pro 6.5 C
9. Kevin Connauton Pro 6.5 C
10. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
11. Esa Lindell Europe 6.5 D
12. Troy Vance CHL 6.0 C
13. Hubert Labrie Pro 6.0 C
14. Ryan Button Pro 6.0 C

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