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

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