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

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. Ales Stezka Junior 7.0 D
3. Stephen Michalek Pro 6.5 C
4. Johan Gustafsson Europe 6.0 D
5. Brody Hoffman Pro 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alex Tuch NCAA 7.5 B
2. Michael Keranen Pro 6.5 C
3. Jared Knight Pro 6.5 D
4. Zack Mitchell Pro 6.0 C
5. Brett Bulmer Pro 6.0 D
6. Kurtis Gabriel Pro 5.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jordan Greenway NCAA 7.5 D
2. Mario Lucia NCAA 7.0 D
3. Kirill Kaprizov Europe 6.5 C
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. Tyler Graovac Pro 7.0 C
3. Avery Peterson NCAA 7.0 D
4. Reid Duke CHL 7.0 D
5. Chase Lang CHL 7.0 D
6. Adam Gilmour NCAA 6.5 C
7. Pavel Jenys Pro 6.5 C
8. Christoph Bertschy Europe 6.5 D
9. Grayson Downing Pro 6.0 C
10. 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 D
3. Louis Belpedio NCAA 7.0 C
4. Dylan Labbe Pro 7.0 D
5. Gustav Bouramman CHL 7.0 D
6. Jack Sadek NCAA 7.0 D
7. Christian Folin Pro 6.5 B
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 NCAA 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 CHL 5.5 C

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