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. 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. 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

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Virtanen leads 31-40 group in Spring rankings

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Jake Virtanen - Team Canada

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen contributed to Team Canada’s gold medal win at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, scoring a goal and adding three assists in seven games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the 31 thru 40 section. This part of the ranking showcases several players whose stock is on the rise, including Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtainen. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

by David Hahn
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Steve Moses - Team USA - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more»

Dallas Stars go heavy on European prospects

by Mike Farkas
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Aleksi Makela - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars seventh-rounder Aleksi Makela is a trustworthy net-front presence and one of several Finnish prospects in the system. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With former GM Joe Nieuwendyk out and former Red Wings GM Jim Nill in, the Dallas Stars seem to be even more European-friendly than usual these days. A number of young European professionals in their ranks covered the entire success/disappointment spectrum over the course of the 2014-15 season. The NCAA ranks have largely thinned out due to graduation. Devin Shore and Michael Prapavessis, the only two remaining at the collegiate level, both had very strong finishes to their respective seasons and Shore has turned professional. Overall, the Stars’ European defense pipeline continues to be very sturdy.
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AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2015

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Connor Brickley - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Florida Panthers prospect Connor Brickley has been a productive AHL rookie after struggling with injuries during his NCAA career at the University of Vermont (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Utica Comets and San Antonio Rampage have left their respective AHL divisional opponents behind heading into April, but the Midwest Division is still up for grabs as well as the remaining playoff spots from fourth to eighth place in the Western Conference. Read more»

Bjorkstrand, Virtanen the top NHL-drafted wingers in the WHL

by Glen Erickson
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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand had a late-season, 5-game scoring streak totaling 15 points that helped to the 2014-15 WHL scoring crown (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a spin from time to time at the center position.

The following ranking includes wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team. A total of eight are signed NHL entry-level contracts. Our ranking consists of five Canadians, one American and four imports with six currently toiling in the WHL’s Western Conference. Additionally, our ranking contains a couple pairs of potential NHL teammates. Read more»

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