Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Deep and talented group of wingers
  • Quality goaltending prospects
  • Defense mixes grit and skill
  • Center position lacks depth and upside

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. Patrik Bartosak Pro 6.5 D
2. Alec Dillon CHL 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adrian Kempe Pro 7.5 B
2. Valentin Zykov Pro 7.5 C
3. Michael Mersch Pro 7.0 D
4. Jonny Brodzinski Pro 7.0 D
5. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
6. Justin Auger Pro 6.5 D
7. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C
8. Matt Schmalz CHL 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolai Prokhorkin Europe 7.0 C
2. Austin Wagner CHL 7.0 D
3. Matt Mistele CHL 6.5 D
4. Maxim Kitsyn Pro 6.0 D
5. Dominik Kubalik Europe 6.0 D
6. Joel Lowry NCAA 6.0 F


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Shore Pro 7.0 B
2. Jordan Weal Pro 7.0 D
3. Michael Amadio CHL 7.0 D
4. Nic Dowd Pro 6.5 C
5. Alexander Dergachyov Europe 6.5 D
6. Jake Marchment CHL 6.0 C
7. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
2. Paul LaDue NCAA 7.0 D
3. Zachary Leslie CHL 7.0 D
4. Alex Lintuniemi CHL 7.0 D
5. Erik Cernak CHL 6.5 B
6. Kevin Gravel Pro 6.5 C
7. Nick Ebert Pro 6.5 D
8. Jacob Middleton CHL 6.5 D
9. Steven Johnson NCAA 6.5 D
10. Chaz Reddekopp CHL 6.5 D
11. Damir Sharipzyanov CHL 6.5 D
12. Kurtis MacDermid Pro 6.0 D
13. Matthew Roy NCAA 5.5 C
14. Alex Roach Pro 5.5 D

Character and skill ongoing theme in Kings prospect pool

by Andrew Knoll

Photo: Winger Tyler Toffoli is one of the top offensive prospects in the Kings system. Toffoli managed 52 goals in 65 OHL games in 2011-12. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Thanks to graduations and trades, Thomas Hickey was the only former first-round pick among the Los Angeles Kings’ prospects last season. Thin on high-profile selections, the Kings system was replete with well-rounded players seeking to strengthen their identity to carve niches at the next level. However, it was also brimming with character, industriousness, and a number of players who exceeded expectations. Shifting from high selections and home-run swings, the Kings have sought to invest later selections shrewdly as they have solidified their pro roster, which captured the Stanley Cup this past season.

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Los Angeles Kings 2012 draft review

by Andrew Knoll

Photo: The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings added quality to their organizational depth with top pick Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The Los Angeles Kings were light on picks after investing heavily into the roster that won them a Stanley Cup this past season. Still, they managed to snag some versatile forwards at the 2012 NHL Draft, as well as some intriguing talent on the blue line, almost all of which flew under the radar.

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Los Angeles Kings 2012 draft preview

by Andrew Knoll

Photo: Goaltender Chris Gibson fields questions with the media shortly after be selected by the Los Angeles Kings 49th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. Gibson is part of a large group of very talented young goaltenders in the Kings system. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

Over the past year, the Los Angeles Kings shifted their philosophy from stockpiling young talent to selling it off for reliable roster players. Heading into the playoffs, the eighth-seeded Kings had bet the farm on what appeared to be a losing proposition. They entered the post-season as a bottom seed whose first pick in the 2012 draft was at 121. That changed, however, as they completed an improbable run to a Stanley Cup championship, which also will likely result in the Columbus Blue Jackets exercising the option to take their 2013 pick. The Kings will now have the final selection in this year's first round as well as six late picks, which they have invested wisely with in recent years.

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Nolan a hit on and off the ice with Los Angeles Kings

by Andrew Knoll

Photo: Recalled from the AHL mid-way through the regular season, winger Jordan Nolan has brought a solidifying presence to the Kings bottom six. (Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

Not long ago, Jordan Nolan was at an impasse in his hockey career. Today, he finds himself competing for the greatest trophy in all of sport.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 11-20

by Ian Altenbaugh

Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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