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

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. 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. Pavel Jenys CHL 6.5 C
4. Jared Knight Pro 6.5 D
5. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C
6. Zack Mitchell Pro 6.0 C
7. Brett Bulmer Pro 6.0 D
8. 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. 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. 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. Nick Boka NCAA 6.5 C
8. Carson Soucy NCAA 6.5 D
9. Zach Palmquist Pro 6.5 D
10. Nick Seeler Pro 6.0 C
11. Pontus Sjalin Europe 6.0 C
12. Alex Gudbranson Pro 6.0 C
13. Nolan De Jong NCAA 6.0 D
14. Guillaume Gelinas Pro 6.0 D
15. Hunter Warner Pro 5.5 C

2012 World Championship: Jonas Brodin, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Jonas Brodin is seeing plenty of ice time at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm (courtesy of

Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Last summer, Jonas Brodin was one of the fast risers at the 2012 NHL Draft, ultimately being taken 10th overall by the Minnesota Wild. That draft ranking came on the strength of some regular SEL play for the Swedish champion Farjestad, as well as a top-flight performance at the 2011 U18 World Championship. This past season was yet another eventful one for the 18-year-old, most especially in light of his WJC gold medal performance.

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Strong rebuilding effort shows in Minnesota prospect awards

by Peter Prohaska
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Photo: Matt Hackett has gradually over the past year to become one of the top goaltending prospects in all of hockey. (Photo courtesy of

Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

Over the last several seasons the Minnesota Wild have filled their pipeline to the brim with highly regarded prospects; a strategy which is starting to pay early dividends at the NHL level. Below is the inaugural edition of the Wild's prospect awards.

Most Improved Prospect: Johan Gustafsson, G, Luleå HF (SEL)
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Haula becoming consistent offensive force for Minnesota

by DJ Powers
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Photo: Erik Haula(MIN) enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign where he led the Golden Gophers with 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 43 games. He was a driving force in guiding Minnesota to their first Frozen Four appearance since 2005. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Hockey's Future spoke with Erik Haula following Minnesota's 1-6 loss to Boston College in the second National Championship semi-final game on Thursday.

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Minnesota Wild boast talented group of European and collegiate prospects

by Peter Prohaska
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Photo: The 10th overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Jonas Brodin is among the many talented young players the Wild have drafted out of Europe. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

The Wild commenced a 'soft' rebuild on the day Chuck Fletcher took over for Doug Risebrough. The majority of Risebrough's prospects have been flushed, and a steady eye for the future has been in evidence. It hasn't been a 'scorched earth' rebuild, whether out of honor or overconfidence, and the team should rebound soon from a season where injuries exposed a lack of elite talent. Free agents and reclamation projects can only bring a franchise so far, and Fletcher's regime has brought a concerted effort toward finding talent to the draft board. The Wild has been preparing for several of the young men playing in the U.S. college ranks and in Europe to form the team's core going forward.

Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (SM-Liiga)
Drafted 1st round, 9th overall, 2010

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2007 Draft produced numerous depth players for Minnesota Wild

by Peter Prohaska
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Photo: The first pick taken by the Wild in 2007, Colton Gillies never quite developed into the power forward he was projected to when taken 16th overall. (Photo courtesy of NHL)

The last remnants of the old empire haven't quite all been swept away, but with the waiving in Colton Gillies in January, the 2007 draft will be notable for the late round picks that seem to be tracking well. And while having yet another first round pick fail to stick with a team seems disastrous, the 2007 draft has provided some decent depth for the Wild organization.

In 2006-07 the Wild scored the fewest goals of any team in the league, yet grabbed the seventh playoff seed in the West based on the strengths of an excellent year from Nick Backstrom backstopping Jacques Lemaire's trademark team defense. The team however was quickly dispatched by the eventual champion Ducks. And although any playoff berth is generally a sign of a successful season, it was apparent that more high-end offensive skill was needed to supplement the core after such an anemic goal-scoring year.
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