Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Versatile forwards.
  • Most defenders possess good mobility.
Weaknesses
  • Goaltending depth suspect.
  • Lack of sizable forwards.

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. Petr Mrazek Pro 8.0 C
2. Jake Paterson CHL 6.0 C
3. Jared Coreau Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anthony Mantha CHL 8.0 C
2. Tomas Jurco Pro 7.5 C
3. Teemu Pulkkinen Pro 7.0 C
4. Martin Frk Pro 7.0 D
5. Zach Nastasiuk CHL 6.5 C
6. Mitch Callahan Pro 6.0 C
7. Hampus Melen Europe 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Andreas Athanasiou CHL 7.0 C
2. Marek Tvrdon Pro 6.5 C
3. David Pope Junior 6.0 D
4. Tyler Bertuzzi CHL 6.0 D
5. Andrej Nestrasil Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Riley Sheahan Pro 7.0 C
2. Mattias Janmark Europe 7.0 D
3. Landon Ferraro Pro 6.5 C
4. Louis-Marc Aubry Pro 6.5 D
5. Luke Glendening Pro 5.0 B
6. Philippe Hudon CHL 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ryan Sproul Pro 7.0 C
2. Xavier Ouellet Pro 7.0 C
3. Mattias Backman Europe 6.5 C
4. Alexey Marchenko Pro 6.5 C
5. Adam Almquist Pro 6.5 C
6. Ben Marshall NCAA 6.0 C
7. Nick Jensen Pro 6.0 C
8. Mike McKee NCAA 6.0 C
9. Mitch Wheaton CHL 6.0 C
10. Richard Nedomlel Pro 5.5 C
11. James de Haas NCAA 5.5 C
12. Marc McNulty CHL 5.5 C

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Willie Coetzee - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Toledo Walleye forward Willie Coetzee, shown here playing in a preseason game for the Detroit Red Wings, is trying to climb back up the ladder in that NHL team's organization (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

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