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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Playing in Europe
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Campbell Pro 7.5 D
2. Philippe Desrosiers Pro 7.5 D
3. Brent Moran CHL 7.0 D
4. Markus Ruusu Europe 7.0 D
5. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
6. Maxime Lagace Pro 5.5 F

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 B
2. Denis Guryanov Europe 7.5 D
3. Branden Troock Pro 7.0 D
4. Matej Stransky Pro 6.5 C

Left Wing

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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore Pro 7.0 C
2. Mattias Janmark Europe 7.0 C
3. Brett Pollock CHL 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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Julius Honka Pro 8.0 C
2. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 B
3. Mattias Backman Europe 7.0 C
4. Esa Lindell Europe 7.0 C
5. Stephen Johns 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. Ludwig Bystrom Europe 6.5 C
11. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
12. Alex Peters CHL 6.5 C
13. Joseph Cecconi NCAA 6.5 C
14. Chris Martenet CHL 6.5 C
15. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
16. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
17. Troy Vance Pro 6.0 C
18. Patrick Sanvido CHL 5.5 D

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