Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Tremendous amount of overall depth.
  • Copious amounts of sizeable, defensive defensemen.
  • Upper-echelon forwards are progressing nicely.
Weaknesses
  • 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

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 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 Pro 7.0 C
3. Remi Elie Pro 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

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore Pro 7.0 C
2. Mattias Janmark Pro 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 Pro 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. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 B
3. Mattias Backman Pro 7.0 C
4. Esa Lindell Pro 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 Pro 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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