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 C
3. Brent Moran CHL 7.0 D
4. Henri Kiviaho Europe 6.5 D
5. Maxime Lagace CHL 5.5 F

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brett Ritchie Pro 7.5 C
2. Branden Troock CHL 7.5 D
3. Matej Stransky Pro 7.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jason Dickinson CHL 7.5 C
2. Brendan Ranford Pro 7.5 D
3. Cole Ully CHL 7.0 C
4. Curtis McKenzie Pro 6.5 C
5. Remi Elie CHL 6.5 C
6. Ludwig Karlsson Pro 6.5 D
7. John Nyberg Europe 6.5 D
8. Matej Paulovic Europe 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Devin Shore NCAA 7.5 C
2. Brett Pollock CHL 7.5 C
3. Radek Faksa CHL 7.0 C
4. Emil Molin Europe 7.0 D
5. Scott Glennie Pro 7.0 D
6. Gemel Smith CHL 6.5 C
7. Taylor Peters Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Julius Honka CHL 8.0 C
2. Jamie Oleksiak Pro 7.5 C
3. Ludvig Bystrom Europe 7.0 C
4. John Klingberg Europe 7.0 C
5. Patrik Nemeth Pro 7.0 C
6. Dmitry Sinitsyn CHL 7.0 C
7. Michael Prapavessis Junior 7.0 C
8. Niklas Hansson Europe 7.0 D
9. Aaron Haydon CHL 7.0 D
10. Cameron Gaunce Pro 6.5 B
11. Jyrki Jokipakka Pro 6.5 C
12. Kevin Connauton Pro 6.5 C
13. Aleksi Makela Europe 6.5 C
14. Alex Peters CHL 6.5 C
15. Esa Lindell Europe 6.5 D
16. Miro Karjalainen Europe 6.5 D
17. Troy Vance CHL 6.0 C
18. Patrick Sanvido CHL 5.5 D

Klimchuk heads talented group of winger prospects in the WHL

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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of just three WHL players to hit the 50-goal mark in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In the 2013-14 season regular season, the WHL featured a talented variety of wingers that are currently NHL prospects. The focus of this article is on the those WHL wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team, six of whom have signed NHL contracts. Our ranking consists of seven Canadians and three imports. Seven toiled in the WHL’s Western Conference, and our ranking contains a couple sets of teammates.

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Top 50: High-end offensive skill on display in group ranked 31-40

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko, currently skating in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts, was ranked 21st in the Fall edition of the rankings but dropped to 31st in the Spring update (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking is particularly deep with offensively talented forwards, led by Mikhail Grigorenko, Nicolas Petan, and Max Domi.

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Fucale heads solid group of goaltending prospects in the QMJHL

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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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