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. Philippe Desrosiers Pro 7.5 D
2. Jack Campbell Pro 6.5 D
3. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
4. Markus Ruusu Europe 6.5 D
5. Maxime Lagace Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 B
2. Denis Guryanov Europe 7.5 D
3. Matej Stransky Pro 6.5 C
4. Branden Troock Pro 6.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Cole Ully Pro 7.5 C
2. Remi Elie Pro 7.0 C
3. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 B
4. Brendan Ranford Pro 6.5 C
5. Matej Paulovic Junior 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore Pro 7.0 C
2. Jason Dickinson Pro 7.0 C
3. Roope Hintz Europe 7.0 C
4. Radek Faksa Pro 6.5 B
5. Gemel Smith Pro 6.5 D
6. Emil Molin Europe 6.5 D
7. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Julius Honka Pro 8.0 C
2. Mattias Backman Pro 7.0 C
3. Esa Lindell Pro 7.0 C
4. Stephen Johns Pro 7.0 C
5. Michael Prapavessis NCAA 7.0 C
6. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
7. Ludwig Bystrom Pro 6.5 C
8. Joseph Cecconi NCAA 6.5 C
9. Chris Martenet CHL 6.5 C
10. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
11. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
12. Patrik Nemeth Pro 6.0 B
13. Troy Vance Europe 6.0 C
14. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.0 C

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While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»

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