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

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zack Mitchell CHL 7.0 D
2. Brett Bulmer Pro 6.5 C
3. 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. Kristopher Foucault Pro 6.5 D
6. Louis Nanne Junior 6.5 D
7. 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. Avery Peterson Junior 6.0 D
7. 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. Tyler Cuma Pro 6.5 D
6. Daniel Gunnarsson Europe 6.5 D
7. Nick Seeler NCAA 6.0 C
8. Kyle Medvec Pro 6.0 C
9. Carson Soucy NCAA 6.0 C
10. Bjorn Krupp Europe 6.0 D
11. Colton Jobke Pro 6.0 D
12. Josh Caron Pro 6.0 D
13. Nolan De Jong NCAA 6.0 D

2014 WJC Video: Gustav Olofsson, Sweden

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Gustav Olofsson - Colorado College

Photo: Colorado College defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson (#13) has been effective for the Tigers in his freshman year in that program (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

While a majority of the players on the roster for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship were plucked directly from that country, there is a handful of Swedes that are plying their trade in North America. One such player is defenseman Gustav Olofsson, a Minnesota Wild prospect who is currently playing NCAA hockey for Colorado College.

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Minnesota Wild calling upon minor league prospects in 2013-14

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Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Rookie pro Erik Haula already has 10 NHL games under his belt in 2013-14. He is currently with the AHL’s Iowa Wild, where he leads the team with 16 points in 22 games this season (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

As the Minnesota Wild goes through periods of unforeseeable injury and head-smacking offensive inability, several burgeoning talents from the Iowa squad have stepped up into NHL roles.

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Shallow pool of Minnesota Wild prospects at junior level

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Kurtis Gabriel - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: An energetic and hard-working forward, Kurtis Gabriel has added offense in 2013-14. He is one of two Owen Sound Attack skaters averaging over a point per game this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With the team's largely Québécois scouting staff and its strong ties in and around the state of Minnesota, it makes sense that many of the Wild's junior prospects are found playing in those developmental channels.

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Team Rankings: Deep, skilled prospect pool puts Tampa Bay Lightning in top spot

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Jonathan Drouin - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Picked third overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, Jonathan Drouin brings elite skill to an already deep and talented group of Lightning prospects. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Hockey's Future presents the top grouping of the Fall NHL Team Rankings. The staff's ranking of each NHL team's system is based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.

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Minnesota Wild putting a lot of trust in prospect system depth

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Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild

Photo: First-year pro Erik Haula, who has four points in five AHL games this season, represents the depth of talent that the Wild have at the pro level (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

The Minnesota Wild has taken an aggressive approach in free agency and trade at the NHL level, adding a franchise defenseman in Ryan Suter, and bolstering its forward corps with legitimate NHL stars in Zach Parise and Jason Pominville and a solid defensive presence in Matt Cooke. The confidence to make these moves was in part due to a group of prospects who seemed ready to come in and provide support during their cheaper entry-level contract years.

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