Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Plenty of players with two-way upside
  • Defensive depth
  • Depth at center
Weaknesses
  • Lack of elite upside throughout system
  • Lack of depth on both wings

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. Kaapo Kahkonen Europe 7.5 D
2. Johan Gustafsson Pro 7.0 D
3. Stephen Michalek NCAA 6.0 C
4. Alexandre Belanger CHL 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alex Tuch NCAA 7.5 C
2. Michael Keranen Pro 7.0 C
3. Zack Mitchell Pro 7.0 D
4. Brett Bulmer Pro 6.5 C
5. Kurtis Gabriel Pro 5.5 B

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mario Lucia NCAA 7.0 C
2. Raphael Bussieres Pro 6.5 C
3. Curt Gogol Pro 6.0 D
4. Louis Nanne NCAA 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tyler Graovac Pro 7.0 C
2. Jordan Schroeder Pro 7.0 C
3. Zack Phillips Pro 7.0 D
4. Adam Gilmour NCAA 6.5 C
5. Christoph Bertschy Europe 6.5 D
6. Avery Peterson NCAA 6.5 D
7. Brady Brassart Pro 6.5 D
8. Pavel Jenys CHL 6.5 D
9. Reid Duke CHL 6.0 C
10. Chase Lang CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Dumba Pro 8.0 C
2. Gustav Olofsson Pro 7.5 C
3. John Draeger NCAA 6.5 C
4. Dylan Labbe CHL 6.5 C
5. Christian Folin Pro 6.5 C
6. Louis Belpedio NCAA 6.5 C
7. Tanner Faith CHL 6.5 D
8. Guillaume Gelinas Pro 6.5 D
9. Nick Seeler NCAA 6.0 C
10. Carson Soucy NCAA 6.0 C
11. Pontus Sjalin Europe 6.0 C
12. Alex Gudbranson Pro 6.0 C
13. Colton Jobke Pro 6.0 D
14. Nolan De Jong NCAA 6.0 D
15. Hunter Warner CHL 5.5 C

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