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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sam Brittain Pro 7.0 C
2. Samuel Montembeault CHL 7.0 C
3. Michael Houser Pro 7.0 D
4. Evan Cowley NCAA 7.0 D
5. Colin Stevens Pro 6.5 C
6. Hugo Fagerblom Europe 6.0 D
7. Ryan Bednard Junior 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Logan Shaw Pro 6.0 C
2. Joe Wegwerth Junior 6.0 D
3. Chris Wilkie NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

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


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


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

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Photo: Speedy forward Quinton Howden was one of several Florida Panthers prospects to spend some time in the NHL during the 2013-14 season. Howden was the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Photo: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly holds up the card showing the Florida Panthers as the winner of the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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