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

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. Samuel Montembeault CHL 7.0 C
2. Sam Brittain Pro 6.5 C
3. Evan Cowley NCAA 6.0 C
4. Colin Stevens Pro 6.0 C
5. Ryan Bednard Junior 6.0 C
6. Hugo Fagerblom Europe 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Logan Shaw Pro 7.0 C
2. Joe Wegwerth Junior 5.5 C
3. Chris Wilkie NCAA 5.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Lawson Crouse CHL 8.0 C
2. Connor Brickley Pro 7.5 D
3. Yaroslav Kosov Europe 7.0 D
4. Juho Lammikko Pro 6.5 C
5. Dryden Hunt CHL 6.5 D
6. Alexander Delnov Europe 6.5 F
7. John McFarland Pro 6.0 C
8. Miguel Fidler NCAA 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Rocco Grimaldi Pro 7.5 C
2. Jayce Hawryluk CHL 7.5 C
3. Kyle Rau Pro 7.0 C
4. Denis Malgin Europe 7.0 D
5. Corban Knight Pro 6.5 C
6. Patrick Shea NCAA 6.5 D
7. Greg McKegg Pro 6.0 C
8. Steven Hodges Pro 6.0 D
9. Chase Balisy Pro 6.0 D
10. Matt Buckles NCAA 6.0 D
11. Karch Bachman Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mike Matheson Pro 7.5 B
2. Ian McCoshen NCAA 7.0 B
3. Thomas Schemitsch CHL 7.0 C
4. Linus Hultstrom Europe 7.0 C
5. Michael Downing Pro 6.5 C
6. MacKenzie Weegar Pro 6.5 C
7. Jonathan Racine Pro 6.0 B
8. Joshua Brown Pro 6.0 D
9. Ed Wittchow NCAA 5.5 D
10. Ben Gallacher NCAA 5.5 D

2016 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

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2016 NHL Draft Top Prospects - Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander

Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers add cornerstone player and find value in mid-round picks

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Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida Panthers

Photo: Third overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft Jonathan Huberdeau has become a dynamic forward for the Florida Panthers, scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back season. (courtesy Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Although the Florida Panthers drafted cornerstone players Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad in 2013 and 2014, the organization built its foundation primarily in the 2011 NHL Draft, Dale Tallon’s second as general manager.

The 2015-16 version of the Panthers, which qualified for the playoffs and had its best regular season in franchise history, featured two players from the 2011 NHL Draft – Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck – playing vital roles for the team. Logan Shaw, Kyle Rau and Rocco Grimaldi all played varying roles for the team as well. The Panthers drafted 23 players in the 2010 and 2011 drafts, 15 of which have played in the NHL. Read more»

Gusev among top NHL properties that competed in the KHL in 2015-16

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Kirill Kaprizov - Team Russia - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Minnesota Wild forward prospect Kirill Kaprizov (R) competed for Team Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where Russia won silver after falling in overtime to Finland in the gold medal game (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

The KHL continues to produce good players at a good pace, but nowadays there are more players moving to North America than before, therefore leaving the KHL with a slightly inferior number of drafted prospects than before. Read more»

Wheat Kings, Rockets, Rebels each place two players on list of top NHL properties at center in WHL

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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbird

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and New York Islanders prospect Mathew Barzal had his best offensive season in his WHL career in 2015-16, posting 27 goals and 88 points in 58 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

There are many different kinds of centers; those who primarily excel offensively and those who contribute in other ways to the success of their respective teams. One of the biggest challenges across major junior hockey is taking into consideration the versatility of many top forwards. It is not uncommon for the best players down the middle to take a few turns on the wing on a regular basis. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Finland’s Barkov, Kapanen score, plus more top plays of the season

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Kasperi Kapanen - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen (#24) scored one of the bigger goals in international play in 2015-16, as he netted the overtime winner to give Finland the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

The top plays of the year continues with ridiculous efforts from Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov in the shootout, a young Swedish defenseman, and a goal that united a country. The second-best save of the season is also featured, and it might be a bit unconventional, but that’s okay with us! Read more»

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