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. Sergei Gayduchenko Europe 5.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zach Hyman NCAA 7.0 D
2. Anthony Luciani Pro 6.5 D
3. Jonathan Hazen Pro 6.5 D
4. Logan Shaw Pro 6.0 C
5. Joe Basaraba NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Quinton Howden Pro 7.0 C
2. Yaroslav Kosov Europe 7.0 D
3. John McFarland Pro 7.0 D
4. Christopher Clapperton CHL 7.0 D
5. Francis Beauvillier CHL 6.5 D
6. Garrett Wilson Pro 6.5 D
7. Alexander Delnov CHL 6.5 D
8. Steven Anthony Pro 6.0 C
9. Connor Brickley Pro 6.0 C
10. Mattias Lindstrom Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Aleksander Barkov Pro 8.5 C
2. Rocco Grimaldi NCAA 8.0 D
3. Kyle Rau NCAA 7.0 C
4. Brandon Pirri Pro 7.0 C
5. Vince Trocheck Pro 7.0 C
6. Ryan Martindale Pro 7.0 D
7. Steven Hodges CHL 6.5 D
8. Matt Buckles NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

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

Rau looking to build on stellar freshman season

by DJ Powers
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Photo: Though freshman Kyle Rau (FLA) came to the University of Minnesota with high expectations, his standout rookie season has surpassed even what most could have anticipated. On the season, Rau finished with 18 goals and 25 assists in 40 games. (Photo courtesy of

Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Hockey's Future caught up with Kyle Rau after practice last Wednesday at the Tampa Times Forum.

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Nick Bjugstad enjoying breakout sophomore season

by DJ Powers
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Photo: Nick Bjugstad was a key contributor to the Minnesota Gophers this season. In 40 games, Bjugstad had 25 goals and 17 assists. (Photo courtesy of

Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

Minnesota sophomore Nick Bjugstad (FLA) has been a key cog in the success of the Minnesota Golden Gophers this season. He currently leads the team with 25 goals and ranks on the team with 42 points, centering one of the nation's most dynamic lines that includes fellow Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau and redshirted sophomore Zach Budish (NSH).

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2001 Panthers Draft Preview

by Jes Golbez
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After a disasterous season, the Florida Panthers find themselves in a very
enviable position: 4 picks in the Top 50, and the draft in their home court.
With the 2001 NHL Entry Draft considered to be the strongest in some time,
the Florida Panthers have the chance to stock their bare cupboards with some
blue-chip talent, and possibly bring in some older talent to help them compete
in the near future. As with any bottom-feeder squad, there are many gaping holes
to be filled. First, a look at the essentials.

Draft Tendencies:

The Panthers have had a love affair with the CHL, especially the OHL and WHL.
Of the 6 First Round picks the Panthers have had, 4 of them have been from the CHL.
26 of the past 36 Panthers picks have been from the CHL, with many of them being ‘safe’
‘character’ players that have amounted to absolutely nothing.
The Panthers have been deathly afraid of college players (DiPenta is the only
college pick of note), and have not ventured often into Europe, including just three picks
from the Czech Republic and ZERO picks from Slovakia.
This one-dimensional approach to drafting has led to predictable results, and it shows
in the standings, and on the farm. When the Panthers have ventured into uncharted waters
(Europe), they have had good success. Radek Dvorak, Filip Kuba, Oleg Kvasha, Kristian Huselius,
Jaro Spacek, Niklas Hagman, Marcus Nilson and Vladimir Saphozhnikov have all been very good
picks, and since the Panthers have only picked twelve European players since 1995, they have had
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Florida Panthers 2000 Entry Draft Review

by Jes Golbez
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As the old and often used adage goes, “Pick the best player available. If you have an extra asset in one area, deal it for help in another area.” The Florida Panthers did just that during the 2000 Entry Draft in Calgary, as they picked up perhaps the best prospect in all of hockey: Roberto Luongo.

Before the Entry Draft got under way on Saturday afternoon, Panthers GM Bryan Murray and Islanders GM Mike Milbury pulled one of the most surprising trades of the day, as the Panthers sent RW Mark Parrish and LW/C Oleg Kvasha to the Isles for franchise-goalie-in-the-making Robert Luongo and disgruntled center Olli Jokinen. With this trade, the Panthers nabbed themselves the #3 and #4 picks from the 1997 draft, while dealing away 2 of the many scoring wingers within the Panthers organization. With Kristian Huselius, Denis Shvidki, Ivan Novoseltsev, and fiesty Marcus Nilson all knocking on the door, the Panthers could afford to trade Kvasha and Parrish, in the expectation that one or more of these prospects will make an impact next season.

It had been well known to Panthers fans that Mike Milbury had craved Oleg Kvasha for some time. In fact, Kvasha had been involved in trade talks that almost brought Mariusz Czerkawski and Kenny Jonsson to the Panthers, before previous Islanders ownership nixed the deal late last season. Milbury finally got the player he coveted, as well as Mark Parrish, a productive scoring winger.
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Panthers Rookie Report Card – 1999-2000

by Mark Fischel
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The 99-00 season didn’t offer a lot of roster spots to Panthers prospects and rookies because during the 1998-99 season the Panthers had 4 rookies play

complete seasons (Parrish, Worrell, Spacek, and Kvasha), and they all earned full-time roster spots that year. In addition, this

year saw the surprising resurrection of Cam Stewart, and the signing of veteran Ray Sheppard for a bargain basement price.

Add all of these factors together, combined with the AHL Louisville Panthers needing a full roster of prospects, and it didn’t give much chance for a

young player to earn a spot on the big club and make a noticeable contribution, ala Scott Gomez, Maxim Afigenenov, Brad

Stuart, or Michael York.

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