Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Size and depth on the blueline
  • Wingers with a wide range of skills
Weaknesses
  • Lack of size, depth down the middle
  • No bonafide power play QB on the blueline
  • Lack of elite goaltending prospect

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. Laurent Brossoit Pro 7.0 C
2. Frans Tuohimaa Europe 6.5 C
3. Niko Hovinen Europe 6.5 D
4. Tyler Bunz Pro 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tyler Pitlick Pro 6.5 C
2. Kellen Jones NCAA 6.0 C
3. Antti Tyrvainen Europe 6.0 C
4. John McCarron NCAA 6.0 C
5. Jackson Houck CHL 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mitchell Moroz CHL 7.0 C
2. Jujhar Khaira CHL 7.0 C
3. Daniil Zharkov Europe 7.0 D
4. Curtis Hamilton Pro 6.5 C
5. Anton Slepyshev Europe 6.5 C
6. Evan Campbell NCAA 6.0 D
7. Aidan Muir Junior 5.5 D
8. Kale Kessy Pro 5.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Marco Roy CHL 7.0 C
2. Andrew Miller Pro 7.0 D
3. Bogdan Yakimov Europe 6.5 C
4. Greg Chase CHL 6.5 C
5. Kyle Platzer CHL 6.5 D
6. Travis Ewanyk Pro 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Darnell Nurse CHL 8.0 C
2. Martin Marincin Pro 7.5 B
3. Oscar Klefbom Pro 7.5 C
4. Dillon Simpson NCAA 7.0 C
5. David Musil Pro 7.0 C
6. Martin Gernat Pro 7.0 D
7. Brandon Davidson Pro 6.5 C
8. Taylor Fedun Pro 6.5 C
9. Erik Gustafsson (2012) Europe 6.5 C
10. Joey LaLeggia NCAA 6.5 C
11. Brad Hunt Pro 6.0 C
12. Ben Betker CHL 5.5 D

New Guns on the Hitmen

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One Oilers whom has stepped up his offensive production is second year winger Shawn Norrie who was drafted by Edmonton in the sixth round this year. At 6-2/185 his has the size to be an effective third line checker with some offensive capabilities in the Ethan Moreau or Josh Green mold.

In the first 7 games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, he has amassed 3 goals and 4 assists while adding 17 minutes in penalties. Has shown the willingness to fight and play tough along the boards and crash the net with out fear. At this current rate Shawn will score 30 goals and 40 assists with 170 penalty minutes which is a huge increase over last seasons 12 goals and 13 assists and 94 penalty minutes over 67 games.

With the extra playing time in all situations this season an improvement in his offensive and defensive awareness should propel him to top of the scoring leaders on his team. His gritty play and tenacity are a welcome addition to the roster which has a few rookies this year and his style of play and leadership by example are a much needed commodity.

The coaching staff has given him the new responsibilities and he is beginning to flourish and he may become a steal in the draft for the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff if his play continues and he develops into a solid winger at the next level. If he progresses at this pace for the next couple years and models his play after Moreau and Mike Grier it will not be a surprise to see Shawn sporting an Oilers jersey in the near future.

The Kid Line

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After talking with last years coach in Hamilton Walt Kyle and watching these youngsters play together in the American Hockey League it was though they might reproduce thier chemistry in the National Hockey League.

Very few people have heard of Brian Swanson, Michel Riesen and Dan Cleary and as of yet, they are not house hold names but all can be changed this year.
With the training camp and preseason over the test is on the trio to come up with similar statistics against the big boys. All three had good statistics over the preseason while showing fine defensive play and a willingness to go in the corners and fight for the puck.

All three come from different hockey backgrounds and each has it’s own talents but they seem to mesh on the ice extreamly well. The centerman of the group is a product from U.S. college hockey at Colorado College where he became a Hobey Baker finalist. Possessed with good playmaking skills and a nack for finding teammates at oppertune times he brings some much needed offensive abilities at the second line center position.

Swiss born player Michel Riesen adjusted farely quickly
to the North American style of play and has found a niche on the line as the trigger man cruising around the net and in the slot finding seems in the defense to use his deadly accurate shot. Currently is the highest drafted Swiss player in history being taken by Edmonton 14th overall in 1997 one spot behind linemate Dan Cleary whom has taken by Chicago at lucky number 13.
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The Man from the Rock

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This is the season that Dan Cleary drops the rock of his doubters and the rest of the league. Drafted 13th overall in 1997 by the Chicago Blackhawks the world seemed to be smiling on him and was to be the next great power type forward in the organization.

However things soured a little for him for a couple years which stemmed from being brought up to the NHL too early in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons instead of allowing him to stay in the farm system and grow.
All the bouncing around from Chicago to Bellville to Indianapolis back to Chicago than to Portland before being part of a trade that brought him to the Oilers at the trading dead line in March of 1998, stunted his development and confidence.

After a full season in Hamilton with regular linemates Brian Swanson and Michel Riesen where he displayed the reasons why he was picked so high in the draft. After producing 74 points in 58 games in Hamilton and 3 goals and 2 helpers in 17 games in Edmonton he did not look out of place on a line with Doug Weight and Billy Guerin in the playoff’s. His performance was enough to garner a second chance by the brass in Edmonton to crack the line up this season but he had to come in great shape display heart and desire that was lacking in the past.

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Center of Attention

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Strength down the middle is a necessity to succeed in many aspects in the game of hockey and Oilers organization has been lacking depth and talent in area for some time. But that is not the case anymore after top brass got a good look at some up and comers over training camp and the preseason.

A pleasant surprise was the play and maturity of Mike Comrie a 3rd round pick in 1999 who has play the last couple seasons with Michigan. An exceptional playmaker with great vision he often draws players to him to allow his linemates space. Despite his size at 5-9/175 he shows tremendous grit and tenacity and is willing to get his nose dirty and roam in traffic. Has the skills and desire to become a solid center but needs to bulk up to 190 lbs to handle the day to day pounding.

His rival in the college ranks Michigan Spartan stand out Shawn Horcoff received rave reviews as well. Displaying the defensive awareness that made him the defensive forward of the year and showed the spark of offensive prowess he had last season while battling Mike Comrie for the scoring title in CCHA. Has an ideal combination of size and quickness with good face off capabilities and together they should make a solid one-two counter punch at center in the near future.

The third player that came out of the U.S. college ranks was Alaska born Brian Swanson. Had great career at Colorado College compiling 88 goals and 144 assists in four years, solid first year as a pro in Hamilton. Read more»

Northern Alberta Youth Movement

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A few players will make the jump from the farm to play significant roles in the upcoming season. Two of Hamilton’s top point producers Dan Cleary and Michel Riesen are poised to grab vacancies on the top two lines. With Alexander Selivanov and German Titov not being resigned due to inconsistency and salaries their spots could be taken by these two skilled goal scorers.

Both Dan and Michel are having an excellent camp and preseason with Riesen picking up 3 goals and 1 assist in 3 games while showing more resiliency in the physical game than in the past. A power play ace in the Swiss League and in Hamilton Michel may replace Selivanov’s goals on the power play and give Edmonton a legitimate sniper to patrol the slot and perimeter. Even though he lacks the physical grittiness the coach and general manager desire in their players he can make up for it in goal production and being defensively responsible.

Finally it looks like Dan is beginning to take his game to the next level after being brought up too early by Chicago when he was drafted. He possess the size and skill to potentially be a regular 25 goal scorer with grittiness and toughness to complete the package. Has driven to the net with authority and displayed strong play along the boards and down low over the past three games. His desire and determination that was thought to be lacking in the past is bubbling over and that alone is the determining factor that makes him a solid two-way winger.
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