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

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. Patrik Bartosak CHL 6.5 D
2. Alec Dillon Junior 6.5 D
3. Jean-Francois Berube Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Valentin Zykov CHL 7.5 C
2. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
3. Michael Mersch Pro 6.5 C
4. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Brian O'Neill Pro 6.5 D
6. Justin Auger CHL 6.5 D
7. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

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

Centers

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

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brayden McNabb Pro 7.5 B
2. Roland McKeown CHL 7.5 D
3. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
4. Nick Ebert CHL 7.0 D
5. Zachary Leslie CHL 7.0 D
6. Alex Lintuniemi CHL 7.0 D
7. Colin Miller Pro 6.5 C
8. Paul LaDue NCAA 6.5 D
9. Jacob Middleton CHL 6.5 D
10. Steven Johnson Junior 6.5 D
11. Alex Roach CHL 6.0 D
12. Kurtis MacDermid CHL 5.0 C

Justin Papineau- Sign or Sign-Off

by Tony Calfo
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Justin Papineau, the crown jewel of the Kings farm system, is still unsigned and his future with the Kings may be in question. Papineau must be signed by the draft this season or he can re-enter and the Kings will receive absolutely nothing as compensation.

Papineau burst into the Kings prospect spotlight by having some huge years in Belleville. Papineau has also had a tremendous run in the playoffs last season, leading his team to the title and claiming the Wayne Gretzky Award. His 52 goals in 68 regular season games last season had the Kings front office salivating. Papineau showed the scoring touch that the Kings lacked since the departure of the Great One.

This season has not been what the Kings or Papineau hoped for. Papineau was injured at tryouts for the WJC’s, but it was obvious that he was not going to make the team. As the Kings top prospect, this was an ominous sign. Since then, Papineau has battled through injuries to post his worst career numbers- numbers that many players would call a career (40 goals, 36 assists in 60 games). Papineau has not scored in the playoffs to-date (he has only played one game), but a solid post season would make it tough to let him slip back into the draft.
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Kings: The Goalie Mess

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While the season has been a success for the Los Angeles Kings, there has been one area where the Kings may not have played their cards correctly. That is at the goaltender position.

Earlier in the season I wrote an article calling for a Jamie Storr trade. While this may not have been the best move, the alternative could not have been. Firstly, Storr has been at the heart of the Kings hot streak of late. Through Stephane Fiset’s injury, Storr has played well offering the big saves that never seem to come when Stephane Fiset is in the pipes. Jamie still has the lapses that have plagued him his entire career, but his record is much better than Fiset’s and he is much more likely to dominate a game that Stephane. Storr also remains injury prone and while he is getting better, he still is shaky handling the puck. All in all, Storr has proven himself to be the number one goalie. That may be the bad news.
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Kings Trade Analysis

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The Kings came away from the 2000 trading deadline with something unique to Kings’ fans- exactly what they needed.

The Kings’ acquisition of Nelson Emerson and Kelly Buchberger shows that Kings’ management thinks they can make a run in the playoffs. Two years ago, the Kings were in the hunt for the fourth seed and let the deadline go by without a move of any sort. Last season the Kings were more concerned about dumping soft players than acquiring skaters who can help.

On the surface the Kings basically gave up a promising defenseman in Frankie Kaberle and a player they were going to lose for two forwards who play hard, have the ability to score and provide grit on the forward lines. Both players have at least another year after this and with no forwards coming through the system right away, these guys are a nice fit to hold down the fort for a couple years. As for Audette, he had become so frustrated that he was ineffective on the ice and a distraction in the locker room. I am sure he will have alot of success with Atlanta or whoever he signs with next year, but he was not a good fit for the Kings and they needed some size and grit.
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Kings: Jerred Smithson

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Jerred Smithson is more than a footnote.

The 20 year old winger was acquired from Calgary a couple weeks ago for future considerations. While this move was glossed over by many Kings fans, including yours truly, Smithson seems to have something special.

Jerred Smithson is a right winger for the Calgary Hitmen of the CHL. The Hitmen are well known in the Canadian Hockey League, not only because of professional wrestler Brett “Hitman” Hart’s involvement with the team, but because highly regarded Ranger prospect Pavel Brendl also plays for them. Smithson, who only has 10 goals and 20 assists this season, is perhaps even more highly regarded than Brendl with some fans. Smithson is what so many broadcasters call a “lunchpail” player. Smithson is a blue collar-type player. He has little or no regard for his body, as evidenced by a recent injury from throwing himself into the boards attempting to make a big hit. Smithson has amassed over 100 PIM’s and as Kings fans can tell you, that is important for a guys who has flanked a star like Brendl this season. A guy who has size, stands up for his teammates and makes big hits is exactly what the Kings need right now.
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Kings Update

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Dave Taylor has been making a flurry of trades that he is hoping will result in a championship. The only thing is that this championship is in Lowell.
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