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

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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. Johan Gustafsson Pro 7.0 C
2. Darcy Kuemper Pro 7.0 C
3. Kaapo Kahkonen Europe 7.0 C
4. Stephen Michalek NCAA 6.0 C
5. Alexandre Belanger CHL 6.0 C

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jason Zucker Pro 7.0 B
2. Mario Lucia NCAA 7.0 C
3. Erik Haula Pro 7.0 C
4. Raphael Bussieres Pro 6.5 C
5. Louis Nanne Junior 6.5 D
6. Curt Gogol Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zack Phillips Pro 7.0 C
2. Tyler Graovac Pro 6.5 C
3. Adam Gilmour NCAA 6.5 C
4. Christoph Bertschy Europe 6.5 D
5. Brady Brassart CHL 6.5 D
6. Pavel Jenys Europe 6.5 D
7. Reid Duke CHL 6.0 C
8. Avery Peterson Junior 6.0 D
9. Chase Lang CHL 6.0 D
10. Anthony Hamburg NCAA 5.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Dumba Pro 8.0 C
2. Gustav Olofsson Pro 7.0 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 Junior 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. Kyle Medvec Pro 6.0 C
11. Carson Soucy NCAA 6.0 C
12. Pontus Sjalin Europe 6.0 C
13. Bjorn Krupp Europe 6.0 D
14. Colton Jobke Pro 6.0 D
15. Nolan De Jong NCAA 6.0 D

Minnesota Wild possess numerous highly skilled players at CHL and Junior A level

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Photo: Since returning from his first NHL training camp, Zack Phillips has been brilliant for the Saint John Sea Dogs, managing 16 goals and 32 assists in only 27 games. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Wild's group of prospects come from a wide range of North American junior programs, and though the team can and does focus on plenty of Minnesota prospects, the development of the young draftees is taking place all over the hockey map. They organization currently has one player in the QMJHL and OHL, three in the WHL, and three playing at the Junior A level.

QMJHL

Zack Phillips, C, Saint John Sea Dogs
Acquired: 1st round (28th overall) in 2011
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Minnesota Wild Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

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Photo: Mario Lucia is a dominant winger at the Jr-A level. He will be joining Notre Dame for the 2012-13 season. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Minnesota Wild are close to shaking their reputation as a desert of prospect development. The last drafts have produced a number of prospects of interest, and an assortment of trades and free agent signings have generated respectable depth. The Aeros' winning the Western Conference last season demonstrates not only a positive institutional strategy for procurement and development, but also a return to a patient policy with its players shared by winning franchises.
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Houston Aeros 2011-12 season preview

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Photo: After a strong training camp, Zack Phillips returns to the QMJHL for the 2011-12 season where he and the rest of the Saint John Seadogs will try to win another Memorial Cup. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Although the team fell short of its goal, losing in game six of the Calder Cup finals to the Binghamton Senators, the Aeros overachieved past most expectations in 2010-11. Personnel changes in the AHL are inevitable, however, and success often means changes as thorough-going as any rebuilding franchise experiences. Case in point: Mike Yeo's work in Houston won him the opportunity to take over the Wild. However, the core players have the playoff experience now, and will look to build on their improbable run to within two wins of the league's highest prize.

Forwards
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Granlund continues reign as top prospect for Minnesota Wild

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Photo: Drafted 28th overall, Zack Phillips came to Minnesota as part of the return in the Brent Burns trade. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Although Mikael Granlund remains the Wild's number one prospect, the depth for the Minnesota Wild continues to improve under Chuck Fletcher's watch. With the draft taking place on home turf, the Wild made a wise but somewhat surprising move to add another blue-chip defense prospect in Jonas Brodin. They then traded pending free agent Brent Burns for two prospects, Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips, the latter selected with San Jose's first round pick. The addition of these players can only improve the long-term outlook of the franchise.

1. (1) Mikael Granlund, C, 8.0B
Drafted 1st Round, 9th overall, 2010

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Minnesota Wild 2011 draft review

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The Wild added considerable depth again this year, trading for a second pick in the first round as well as former first-rounder Charlie Coyle. The team also turned to United States high schools for three of its picks. The Wild displayed a good degree of confidence again at this draft, trading up for a hometown fan.

Jonas Brodin, D – Färjestad (SEL)
1st round, 10th overall
Height: 6'1, Weight: 170 lbs

The Wild used its first round pick on Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin. For the most part, draft watchers tend to favor eye-popping point totals first, and NHL frames second, of which Brodin brings neither. Brodin does however appear to be a master at the art of mistake-free, positionally astute defense.
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