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 D
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. Matej Stransky Pro 7.0 C
3. Cody Payne CHL 6.5 C
4. Branden Troock CHL 6.5 D
5. Austin Smith Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alex Guptill Pro 7.5 C
2. Jason Dickinson CHL 7.5 C
3. Cole Ully CHL 7.0 D
4. Remi Elie CHL 6.5 C
5. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.0 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 7.0 C
2. Radek Faksa CHL 7.0 C
3. Emil Molin Europe 7.0 C
4. Mike Winther CHL 7.0 D
5. Scott Glennie Pro 7.0 D
6. Gemel Smith CHL 6.0 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. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 C
3. Kevin Connauton Pro 7.0 C
4. Ludvig Bystrom Europe 7.0 D
5. John Klingberg Europe 7.0 D
6. Dmitry Sinitsyn CHL 7.0 D
7. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
8. Cameron Gaunce Pro 6.5 B
9. Jyrki Jokipakka 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

Lehkonen heads short list of drafted wingers playing in Finland

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Artturi Lehkonen - Finland

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen played on Finland’s top line at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Like Sweden's SHL and the Czech and Slovak Extraligas, Finland's Liiga has been hit hard by the defection of top young players to the KHL for bigger contracts.

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Saros heads small group of NHL-drafted Finnish goaltenders

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Juuse Saros - Finland

Photo: HPK Hameenlinna goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros turned in a stellar performance at the 2014 World Junior Championship, helping to lead Finland to their first gold medal at the U20 WJC since 1998 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

No country has had as much success developing goaltenders in recent years as Finland.

But with 14 Finland-trained goalies playing in North America and another nine playing in Europe in either the KHL or in Sweden's SHL, the number of drafted prospects playing in Finland's Liiga has dwindled to just five.

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HF Prospect of the Month for February, 2014

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Philippe Desrosiers - Dallas Stars

Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers is the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for February after posting a 9-0 record and 0.94 goals against average with Rimouski Oceanic. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rimouski Océanic goaltender and Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers is the Hockey's Future February Prospect of the Month. A second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Desrosiers went 9-0, allowed only eight goals, and established a new QMJHL record with three consecutive shutouts.

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MacKinnon repeats as top NHL rookie in February Calder Poll

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Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has just broken the record for the longest point-scoring streak by an 18-year-old that had been held for 34 years by Wayne Gretzky (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the Olympic break in February, most NHL teams played only a half dozen games or so during the month of February. But that was enough time for Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon to widen his lead in the Calder Trophy poll, being a unanimous selection as the leader in the monthly poll by the Hockey's Future staff.

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Knights’ Smith looking forward to second chance at Memorial Cup

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Gemel Smith - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and Dallas Stars prospect Gemel Smith was dealt to the Knights by the Owen Sound Attack in a deal that sent Kyle Platzer and Santino Centorame to the Attack (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

After three-and-a-half years in Owen Sound, Gemel Smith has been knighted — and he’s hoping to play a key role leading the London Knights charge to its third Memorial Cup berth. Not only has he joined a team with a wealth of playoff experience, but he’s bringing some finals’ knowledge himself as he was part of the Attack’s OHL champion squad in 2010-11.

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