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. Hugo Fagerblom Europe 6.0 D
5. Sergei Gayduchenko Europe 5.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zach Hyman NCAA 6.5 C
2. Logan Shaw Pro 6.0 C
3. Joe Basaraba NCAA 6.0 D
4. Joe Wegwerth Junior 6.0 D

Left Wing

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

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Aleksander Barkov Pro 8.5 B
2. Rocco Grimaldi Pro 8.0 C
3. Jayce Hawryluk CHL 7.5 D
4. Brandon Pirri Pro 7.0 B
5. Vince Trocheck Pro 7.0 B
6. Kyle Rau NCAA 7.0 C
7. Ryan Martindale Pro 6.5 D
8. Steven Hodges CHL 6.5 D
9. Matt Buckles NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Aaron Ekblad CHL 8.5 B
2. Mike Matheson NCAA 7.5 B
3. Alex Petrovic Pro 7.0 B
4. Ian McCoshen NCAA 7.0 C
5. Mackenzie Weegar CHL 7.0 C
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. Shayne Taker Pro 6.0 D
13. Ben Gallacher NCAA 5.5 D
14. R.J. Boyd NCAA 5.0 D

Curtis Doell: Clawing his way to be a Panther

by Rich Herles
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When asked who has had the most influence in his career so far, Curtis replied, “I think that the biggest help that I have gotten is from my Junior Coach. I wasn’t expected to play my first year in juniors and everybody was asking him why he kept me here. He gave me a chance to play and he said just wait, he’ll prosper and be effective. He kept playing me and giving me that opportunity. He always helped by giving me extra things after practice. His name is Kevin Dickie and he is now coaching out in the Maritimes at Arcadia University. He’s probably been the biggest reason for my career going as far as it has actually. Coach Dickie helped me along the way to be a better person on and off the ice.”

Coach Dickie’s impression of Curtis: “I’ve coached some great kids over the last 13 years, but none greater than Curtis in terms of a pleasure to be around and an athlete. If there is one guy who’s got to where he is, both because he deserves it, and because he has scraped and clawed and worked so hard to be the player that he is, it is Curtis. He exemplifies a lot of the positive characteristics that you look for in a player. He’s a great kid and I’m real happy for him.”

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Panthers Top 20 Prospects – Statistical Update

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A purely statistical look at all of the Top 21 Panthers prospects. These stats will be updated on a regular basis so that you can keep track on how each prospect is progressing.

1. Denis Shvidki

Position:RW Height:6’0″ Weight:195 Age:19

Year Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
99-00 Barrie (OHL) 27 16 32 48 27 +19
98-99 Barrie (OHL) 61 35 59 94 8
Russia (WJC) 7 1 4 5 -
97-98 Yaroslavl Jr. (Rus) 15 1 1 2 2
Russia (WJC) 7 0 1 1 6
Russia (EuroJC) 6 2 9 11 31

2. Ivan Novoseltsev

Position:LW Height:6’1″ Weight:183 Age:20

Year Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
99-00 FLORIDA PANTHERS 11 2 1 3 8 -2
Louisville (AHL) 9 2 5 7 0
98-99 Sarnia (OHL) 63 54 36 90 41
97-98 Sarnia (OHL) 51 23 22 45 41

3. Brad Ference

Position:D Height:6’3″ Weight:196 Age:20

Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
99-00 Louisville (AHL) 29 1 2 3 117 Read more»

Class of ’99 – Panthers Prospects Review

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In Part 1 of the Class of ’99 series, I profiled the graduates of the 1998-99 season: Mark Parrish, Peter Worrell, Jaroslav Spacek, and Oleg Kvasha. With a new season underway, and many of the overpaid veterans (such as Kirk Muller) bought out or traded, there are more rookies making an impact on the Panthers this season, and other hopefuls looking to make an impact on the Panthers in the coming months. This article will look at the prospects who have made the Panthers early in the season.

Ivan Novoseltsev – RW [1998/99: 63 Games, 54g-36a-90pts 41pim - Sarnia (OHL)]
After a mediocre start to his OHL career (45 points in 51 games) in 1997/98, Ivan turned it up to score 54 goals in 63 games with the Sarnia Sting (owned by ex-Panther Dino Ciccarelli) in 1998/99. He had a great training camp in Florida and would have made the big club if not for the depth of skilled forwards on the team. Panthers GM Bryan Murray wanted Novoseltsev to get the prime-time ice time he needed, to develop his offensive and defensive games. Playing on the 3rd or 4th line in Florida wouldn’t be too beneficial to an offensive-minded player like Novoseltsev.

His 1999/2000 season has been a success so far. After a good showing in the pre-season, “Supernova” has lit up the AHL with 2 goals and 4 assists in just 5 games for the expansion Louisville Panthers. In addition to his AHL exploits, the injury to sniper Pavel Bure meant a call-up for Novo…it was time for the big show!
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Florida Panthers 1999 Draft Review

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While other teams, mainly the Canucks, Islanders, and Rangers, were stealing the show with blockbuster deals, the Florida Panthers had an active day of their own, completing 2 trades and drafting a solid group of prospects.

Unlike past drafts, the Florida Panthers managed to draft a bit of everything, including 3 goaltenders. The only position that wasn’t cared for was the center position. The Panthers did take more skilled players than in previous drafts, and also picked up a few project players.

A recap of the Panthers draft picks and trades:

1: Denis Shvidki, RW/LW – (1st Round, 12th overall)

Vitals: 6’0″ 195lbs 18 years old.
Stats: Barrie (OHL) 61 Games, 35G-59A-94PTS 8PIM.

This kid out of the Ukraine was projected to be Top 8, but luckily dropped to #12 for the Panthers to grab. After playing 2 years in the Russian Junior League, Denis lit up the OHL, Racking up 94 points and a +57 rating in his rookie OHL season. Amazingly, some saw Shvidki’s season in the OHL as a dissapointment. They thought a young man like him, with his experiences, would do even more damage.

He could likely make the NHL right away, but with the Panthers getting their own AHL team next season, Shvidki could and should be developing one year in the AHL with super-sniper Ivan Novoseltsev.
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Florida Panthers 1999 Draft Preview

by pbadmin
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The 1999 Entry Draft will be an important one for the Florida Panthers. After years of bad draft picks, busts, trades, and the graduation of Parrish, Kvasha, Spacek and Worrell, the Florida Panthers now find themselves with a weak prospect pool and many holes to fill.

The biggest hole to fill is obviously goaltending. With Sean Burke’s contract set to expire in the year 2000, and UFA Kirk McLean likely gone, the Panthers do not have a young goalie ready to step in, not even as an NHL backup. The Panthers best goaltending prospect, Todd MacDonald is hardly good enough to land an AHL starting job. The Panthers are in desperate need of a young, apprenticing goaltender in the system.

The Panthers also lack skilled forwards, especially at center. With the exception of Novoseltsev, a high-end scoring forward, and Nilson, a checking forward, the Panthers don’t have much to write home about. Center is the Panthers 2nd most lacking position with only career-AHL types such as Herbert Vasiljevs and Ryan Johnson in their system. The Panthers would love to have a skilled playmaking center in the system, along with a developing 2-way checking center.

As for the defense corps, Panthers GM Bryan Murray has assembled a solid group of defense prospects, many of them hardly known in hockey circles. Boyle, Allen, and Ratchuk bring offensive games, while Jakopin, Ference, Kuba, Teterenko, and Rossiter play a solid defensively. Although the Panthers lack a true #1 defensemen, they have many solid defense prospects, many of which could be NHL bound. Read more»