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. Garrett Wilson Pro 6.5 D
9. Alexander Delnov Europe 6.5 F
10. 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. Ryan Martindale Pro 6.5 D
8. Steven Hodges Pro 6.5 D
9. Andrew Yogan Pro 6.5 F
10. Matt Buckles NCAA 6.0 C
11. Karch Bachman Junior 6.0 C
12. Rob Flick Pro 6.0 D
13. Chase Balisy Pro 6.0 D
14. 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. Alex Petrovic Pro 6.5 B
6. Jesse Blacker Pro 6.5 C
7. Michael Downing NCAA 6.5 C
8. Ed Wittchow NCAA 6.5 D
9. Joshua Brown CHL 6.5 D
10. Jonathan Racine Pro 6.0 B
11. Josh McFadden Pro 6.0 C
12. Shayne Taker Pro 6.0 D
13. Ben Gallacher NCAA 5.5 D
14. Ron Boyd NCAA 5.0 D

Gillies, Hellebuyck lead interesting group of drafted NCAA goaltenders

by DJ Powers

Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has played for Team USA at the last two U20 World Junior Championships (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

This season started with 15 NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the NCAA. Now it is down to 13. Reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year Jason Kasdorf (WPG) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October after playing in just two games. Sophomore Collin Olson (CAR) left Ohio State in November to play in the USHL.

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Johns, Matheson lead good crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

by DJ Powers

Stephen Johns - University of Notre Dame

Photo: Notre Dame defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns will cap off his college career with his most productive offensive season for the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Zumapress/Icon SMI)

This season, the NCAA features an array of outstanding NHL-drafted defensemen and many of them, particularly underclassmen, have been left off this year’s list. The ten defensemen ranked here are all having excellent seasons with their respective teams and have made tremendous strides in their development.

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Dmitry Kulikov headlines Florida Panthers 2009 NHL Draft class

by Brian Fogarty

Dmitry Kulikov - Florida Panthers

Photo: Selected 14th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, Dmitri Kulikov has developed into a steady, two-way defenseman for the Florida Panthers. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

The Florida Panthers entered the 2009 NHL Draft with a new general manager in Randy Sexton, a cornerstone defenseman about to leave the team via free agency in Jay Bouwmeester, and a desperate need for an infusion of offensive skill.

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Minor league system starting to bear fruit for Florida Panthers

by Brian Fogarty

Vince Trocheck - Florida Panthers

Photo: Forward Vince Trocheck is having a strong rookie pro season. Through 32 AHL games, the 20-year-old has 11 goals and 12 assists. (courtesy of Ray Carlin/Icon SMI)

The Florida Panthers currently have four players on their NHL roster who can still be considered prospects. Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Dylan Olsen, and Jimmy Hayes are all seeing regular shifts for Florida, and all have been effective at that level. There are also a handful of prospects at the AHL level who are either NHL-ready or not far off.

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On the Rush, December 2013

by HF Staff

Nicolas Petan - Portland Winterhawks

Photos: After putting up 120 points in his draft year, Nicolas Petan is on pace to surpass that mark in 2013-14 while averaging over two points per game for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Welcome to the December 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or are falling a little behind.

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