Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • High-end goaltending.
  • Size, speed, and grit at every position
  • Quality depth at center and defense.
Weaknesses
  • Uncertain depth on RW.
  • Lack of true, top-end offensive defenseman.

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. Michael Houser Pro 7.0 D
2. Evan Cowley NCAA 7.0 D
3. Sam Brittain NCAA 6.5 C
4. Hugo Fagerblom Europe 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zach Hyman NCAA 6.5 C
2. Logan Shaw Pro 6.0 C
3. Joe Basaraba NCAA 6.0 D
4. Joe Wegwerth Junior 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Quinton Howden Pro 7.0 C
2. Juho Lammikko Europe 7.0 C
3. Yaroslav Kosov Europe 7.0 D
4. John McFarland Pro 7.0 D
5. Christopher Clapperton CHL 7.0 D
6. Garrett Wilson Pro 6.5 D
7. Alexander Delnov Europe 6.5 F
8. Connor Brickley Pro 6.0 C
9. Miguel Fidler Junior 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Rocco Grimaldi Pro 8.0 C
2. Jayce Hawryluk CHL 7.5 D
3. Vince Trocheck Pro 7.0 B
4. Kyle Rau NCAA 7.0 C
5. Ryan Martindale Pro 6.5 D
6. Steven Hodges Pro 6.5 D
7. Andrew Yogan Pro 6.5 F
8. Matt Buckles NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Aaron Ekblad Pro 8.5 B
2. Mike Matheson NCAA 7.5 B
3. Alex Petrovic Pro 7.0 B
4. Ian McCoshen NCAA 7.0 C
5. Mackenzie Weegar Pro 7.0 C
6. Jesse Blacker Pro 6.5 C
7. Jonathan Racine Pro 6.5 C
8. Ed Wittchow NCAA 6.5 D
9. Michael Downing NCAA 6.5 D
10. Joshua Brown CHL 6.5 D
11. Jonatan Nielsen Europe 6.0 C
12. Josh McFadden Pro 6.0 C
13. Shayne Taker Pro 6.0 D
14. Ben Gallacher NCAA 5.5 D
15. R.J. Boyd NCAA 5.0 D

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