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 7.5 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 B
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 7.5 C
3. Remi Elie CHL 7.0 C
4. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 B
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. Brett Pollock CHL 7.5 C
2. Devin Shore Pro 7.0 C
3. Mattias Janmark 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. 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. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 B
4. Esa Lindell Europe 7.0 C
5. Dmitry Sinitsyn Europe 7.0 C
6. Michael Prapavessis NCAA 7.0 C
7. Mattias Backman Europe 7.0 D
8. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
9. Aaron Haydon CHL 7.0 D
10. Ludwig Bystrom Europe 6.5 C
11. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
12. Alex Peters CHL 6.5 C
13. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
14. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
15. Jyrki Jokipakka Pro 6.0 A
16. Troy Vance Pro 6.0 C
17. Patrick Sanvido CHL 5.5 D

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