Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth and skill at every position
  • Good balance of speed, talent, and character.
Weaknesses
  • Lack of size and physicality at forward
  • Lack of nastiness on defense

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. Zachary Fucale CHL 8.0 D
2. Dustin Tokarski Pro 7.0 D
3. Hayden Hawkey Junior 7.0 D
4. Mike Condon Pro 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mike McCarron CHL 7.5 C
2. Nikita Scherbak CHL 7.5 C
3. Sven Andrighetto Pro 7.5 D
4. Patrick Holland Pro 7.0 C
5. Christian Thomas Pro 7.0 D
6. Jake Evans Junior 6.5 D
7. Stefan Fournier Pro 6.0 C
8. Maxim Trunev Europe 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Charles Hudon CHL 7.5 C
2. Tim Bozon CHL 7.5 C
3. Artturi Lehkonen Europe 7.5 D
4. Jiri Sekac Europe 7.0 C
5. Mark MacMillan NCAA 7.0 D
6. Connor Crisp CHL 7.0 D
7. Martin Reway CHL 7.0 D
8. Daniel Carr Pro 6.5 D
9. Jack Nevins CHL 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Michael Bournival Pro 7.0 C
2. Jacob de la Rose Europe 7.0 C
3. Joonas Nattinen Pro 7.0 D
4. Daniel Audette CHL 7.0 D
5. Gabriel Dumont Pro 6.5 C
6. Jeremy Gregoire CHL 6.5 D
7. Michael Cichy NCAA 5.5 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nathan Beaulieu Pro 8.0 C
2. Jarred Tinordi Pro 7.5 C
3. Dalton Thrower CHL 7.0 C
4. Morgan Ellis Pro 7.0 C
5. Darren Dietz Pro 7.0 C
6. Nikolas Koberstein Junior 7.0 D
7. Greg Pateryn Pro 6.5 C
8. Magnus Nygren Europe 6.5 C
9. Josiah Didier NCAA 6.5 C
10. Mac Bennett Pro 6.5 C
11. Brett Lernout CHL 6.5 C
12. Colin Sullivan Junior 6.5 D

Montreal Canadiens deep in youth and talent at minor league level

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Morgan Ellis - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Defenseman Morgan Ellis is one of several first-year players for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Ellis was selected 117th overall by the Canadiens in 2010. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

Last season, the Hamilton Bulldogs finished near the bottom of the AHL and failed to make the Calder Cup playoff, a fate similar to their parent club, the Montreal Canadiens. New General Manager, Marc Bergevin decided to bring in a completely new Bulldogs' coaching staff, adding a good mix of NHL and junior experience with head coach Sylvain Lefebvre, assistants Donald Dufresne, Ron Wilson, and goaltending coach Vincent Riendeau.

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Team Rankings: Minnesota Wild owns impressive group of prospects with elite potential

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Mikael Granlund - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Drafted ninth overall in 2010, Finnish Center Mikael Granlund has made his AHL debut this season. Granlund was widely considered one of the best hockey players not playing in North America. (Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI)

Below is the top-10 section of Hockey's Future's NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. 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.

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Walsh looking to build on promising but injury-shortened season

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Dustin Walsh - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Dartmouth forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Dustin Walsh looked to be coming into his own in 2011-12 but ended up sidelined for most of the season due to injury (courtesy of Bob Fisher/NHLI via Getty Images)

After having his season shortened last year due to a nasty hip injury, Dustin Walsh is now healthy and is looking to impress.

The Dartmouth forward was on pace for a breakout season last year for the Big Green before he tore his labrum and needed surgery. Walsh was off to a hot start last season with 10 points through only his first eight games. It was the first time Walsh had averaged over a point per game (1.25). He averaged the most points per game for the season for Dartmouth and it would have also been good for fifth-best in the ECAC. Walsh’s previous career high point total was 20, so he was well on his way to breaking that.

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Montreal Canadiens own young, skilled group at major junior level

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Brady Vail - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Forward Brady Vail is just one of the many gifted junior players the Montreal Canadiens selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. (CHL Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have seven prospects at the junior level this year; two in the OHL, two in the QJMHL, and three in the WHL. Five of the seven prospects are forwards and the other two are defensemen. The forwards are a skilled mix of size, speed, playmaking ability, and natural scorers that are led by Montreal's 2012 first round selection, Alex Galchenyuk. Both defensemen possess a blend of size, grit, and physicality along with good offensive skills.

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Future appears bright for Montreal Canadiens

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Michael Bournival - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Michael Bournival is one of many Montreal Canadiens prospects to make his professional debut in 2012-13 (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

Using the 2012 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens' greatly improved their organizational prospect pool over the past off-season. GM Marc Bergevin has changed the organizational philosophy by adding a bigger management staff, more scouting, and a development team to work with the prospects at all hockey levels and leagues.

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