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. Martin Jones Pro 7.5 C
2. Patrik Bartosak CHL 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. Tomas Hyka Europe 7.0 D
3. Michael Mersch Pro 6.5 C
4. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.5 C
6. Brian O'Neill Pro 6.5 D
7. James Livingston Pro 6.5 D
8. Justin Auger CHL 6.5 D
9. Jonathan Parker Pro 4.0 C

Left Wing

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

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Linden Vey Pro 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. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brayden McNabb Pro 7.5 C
2. Kevin Gravel NCAA 7.0 C
3. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
4. Nick Ebert CHL 7.0 D
5. Colin Miller Pro 6.5 C
6. Zachary Leslie CHL 6.5 C
7. Paul LaDue NCAA 6.5 D
8. Alex Roach CHL 6.0 C
9. Kurtis MacDermid CHL 6.0 C

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