Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Players with two-way upside
  • Depth and variety on defense
Weaknesses
  • Little overripe talent
  • Lack of elite forward prospects

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. Stephen Michalek Pro 7.5 C
2. Kaapo Kahkonen Europe 7.5 D
3. Ales Stezka Junior 7.0 D
4. Brody Hoffman Pro 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alex Tuch Pro 7.5 B
2. Sam Anas Pro 7.0 C
3. Reid Duke CHL 7.0 D
4. Pavel Jenys CHL 6.5 C
5. Jared Knight Pro 6.5 D
6. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C
7. Zack Mitchell Pro 6.0 C
8. Brett Bulmer Pro 6.0 D
9. Kurtis Gabriel Pro 5.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jordan Greenway NCAA 7.5 D
2. Kirill Kaprizov Europe 7.0 C
3. Mario Lucia Pro 7.0 D
4. Raphael Bussieres Pro 6.0 C
5. Louis Nanne NCAA 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joel Eriksson Ek Europe 8.0 C
2. Avery Peterson NCAA 7.0 D
3. Tyler Graovac Pro 6.5 B
4. Chase Lang CHL 6.5 C
5. Christoph Bertschy Pro 6.0 B
6. Grayson Downing Pro 6.0 B
7. Adam Gilmour Pro 6.0 C
8. Brady Brassart Pro 5.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mike Reilly Pro 7.5 C
2. Gustav Olofsson Pro 7.5 C
3. Conor Allen Pro 7.0 C
4. Louis Belpedio NCAA 7.0 C
5. Dylan Labbe Pro 7.0 D
6. Gustav Bouramman CHL 7.0 D
7. Jack Sadek NCAA 7.0 D
8. Nick Boka NCAA 6.5 C
9. John Draeger NCAA 6.5 D
10. Carson Soucy NCAA 6.5 D
11. Tanner Faith CHL 6.5 D
12. Zach Palmquist Pro 6.5 D
13. Nick Seeler Pro 6.0 C
14. Pontus Sjalin Europe 6.0 C
15. Alex Gudbranson Pro 6.0 C
16. Nolan De Jong NCAA 6.0 D
17. Guillaume Gelinas Pro 6.0 D
18. Hunter Warner Pro 5.5 C

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