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. 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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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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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)

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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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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)

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Top 50: Prospects ranked 11-20 knocking down door of NHL

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Valeri Nichushkin - Dallas Stars

Photo: Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas’ 10th overall selection in 2013, is one of seven top-10 picks to break camp with their NHL team in 2013-14 (courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Fall edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 11-20. NHL success is at a premium as we break into the top 20 with a group made up mostly of players primed for an NHL breakout.

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