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
4. Chase Perry Junior 5.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anthony Mantha Pro 8.0 C
2. Tomas Jurco Pro 7.5 B
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. Axel Holmstrom Europe 6.0 C
8. Hampus Melen Europe 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Dylan Larkin Junior 7.5 C
2. Andreas Athanasiou Pro 7.0 C
3. Marek Tvrdon Pro 6.5 C
4. Tomas Nosek Pro 6.5 C
5. Tyler Bertuzzi CHL 6.0 C
6. Julius Vahatalo Europe 6.0 C
7. David Pope Junior 6.0 D
8. Andrej Nestrasil Pro 5.0 C
9. Colin Campbell Pro 3.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Riley Sheahan Pro 7.0 B
2. Mattias Janmark Europe 7.0 C
3. Landon Ferraro Pro 6.5 C
4. Dominic Turgeon CHL 6.5 C
5. Louis-Marc Aubry Pro 6.5 D
6. Christoffer Ehn Europe 6.0 C
7. Alexander Kadeykin Europe 6.0 C
8. Luke Glendening Pro 5.0 B
9. Philippe Hudon CHL 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alexey Marchenko Pro 7.0 C
2. Ryan Sproul Pro 7.0 C
3. Xavier Ouellet Pro 7.0 C
4. Mattias Backman Europe 6.5 C
5. Joe Hicketts CHL 6.5 D
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

Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 1-10

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Photo: Forward John Huberdeau is the top prospect for the Florida Panthers and one of the top forwards not currently playing hockey at the professional level. (Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)

Below is the final part of Hockey's Future's 2012 Spring Organizational Rankings. The rankings were determined by taking each NHL team's entire prospect pool into consideration as well as the likelihood those prospects are to meet their maximum potential. For reference, each team's top five prospects are included, as well as the players they have graduated, traded, or added to their pool over the 2011-12 season. To be eligible, a player must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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2012 World Championship: Tomas Tatar, Slovakia

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Tomas Tatar is playing for the Slovakian squad at the 2012 World Championship that upset Canada in the playoff round (courtesy of

Tony Ding/Icon SMI)

Forward Thomas Tatar is no stranger to putting on a big performance for his native Slovakia at international tournaments. He was one of the big stars for an upstart Slovakian team at the 2008 WJC in Canada. Thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he was right in the middle of things here in Helsinki for Slovakia’s huge quarterfinal victory over Canada.

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Many top prospects for Detroit Red Wings trained in NCAA or Europe

by Brandon Peleshok
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Photo: A first round pick in 2010, forward Riley Sheahan has recently left Notre Dame and joined the Red Wings AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Sheahan projects as a strong two-way forward who can contribute timely offense. (Photo courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

The Red Wings have 11 prospects playing in Europe and the NCAA, which accounts for just under a third of their total number of prospects. In Europe, forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Teemu Pulkkinen are players who show a lot of potential for the future, especially in terms of the offense they can bring. On the back-end, Adam Almqvist, Mattias Backman, and Alexei Marchenko have all showed signs of being potential NHL defenders one day.
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Detroit Red Wings maintain deep, diverse top-20

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Photo: Defenseman Brendan Smith (Right) has gradually developed into one of the more promising puck-moving defensemen in the AHL. Smith is expected to battle for a spot in the NHL top seven as soon as the 2012-13 season. (Photo courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon SMI)

Despite continually drafting in the bottom 20 of the NHL draft, the Detroit Red Wings have managed to maintain an impressive group of prospects over the years. A number of players have stepped up this season, including Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Xavier Ouellet, and Petr Mrazek. With young players becoming increasingly more important in the salary cap era, it is vital that the Red Wings' prospects continue to break-out if the team is to maintain their long reign of success in the NHL.

1. (1) Brendan Smith, D, 8C
Drafted 1st round, 27th overall, 2007

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2007 Draft yielded two top prospects for Detroit Red Wings

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Photo: The Red Wings first round pick of 2007, Brendan Smith has gradually developed into a quality puck-moving defenseman. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

With all the successful drafting the Detroit Red Wings have done over the years, it is easy to forget they have off-years too. The 2007 draft, at least by Red Wings standards, can be considered a bit of a bust. The team only had five selections in the draft, with just two of the players looking as if they will become NHL caliber players.

While the draft lacked the quantity and late-round gems Detroit usually collects, they did select their best defensive prospect in 2007. Brendan Smith was taken 27th overall by the Red Wings in that draft, and remains the top ranked prospect in Detroit's system.

Brendan Smith, D, St. Michael's Buzzers (OPJHL) – 1st round, 27th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL Games Played: 3

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