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. Logan Shaw Pro 6.0 C
3. 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. Garrett Wilson Pro 6.5 D
6. Alexander Delnov CHL 6.5 D
7. Connor Brickley Pro 6.0 C

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

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