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. Alec Dillon CHL 6.5 D
2. Patrik Bartosak Europe 6.5 F

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jonny Brodzinski Pro 7.0 C
2. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
3. Justin Auger Pro 6.5 C
4. Matt Schmalz Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adrian Kempe Pro 7.5 B
2. Michael Mersch Pro 7.0 B
3. Austin Wagner CHL 7.0 D
4. Nikolai Prokhorkin Europe 7.0 F
5. Joel Lowry Pro 6.0 D
6. Dominik Kubalik Europe 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nic Dowd Pro 7.0 C
2. Michael Amadio CHL 7.0 C
3. Alexander Dergachyov Europe 6.5 C
4. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C

Defensemen

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

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Michael Mersch - Los Angeles Kings

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