Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Physical, skilled forwards
  • Balanced defensive depth
  • Goaltending depth
Weaknesses
  • Top-end scoring forwards
  • Center depth at pro level

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. Juuse Saros Europe 8.0 D
2. Magnus Hellberg Pro 7.5 D
3. Marek Mazanec Pro 6.5 C
4. Janne Juvonen Europe 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Patrick Cehlin Pro 6.5 C
2. Saku Maenalanen Europe 6.5 C
3. Max Gortz Europe 6.5 D
4. Zach Budish Pro 6.0 D
5. Wade Murphy NCAA 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Filip Forsberg Pro 8.0 C
2. Kevin Fiala Europe 8.0 C
3. Vladislav Kamenev Europe 8.0 D
4. Pontus Aberg Europe 7.5 C
5. Taylor Beck Pro 7.5 D
6. Brendan Leipsic CHL 7.5 D
7. Viktor Arvidsson Europe 7.5 D
8. Jimmy Vesey NCAA 7.0 C
9. Justin Kirkland CHL 7.0 D
10. Josh Shalla Pro 6.5 F
11. Simon Moser Pro 6.0 D
12. Tommy Veilleux CHL 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Colton Sissons Pro 7.5 C
2. Calle Jarnkrok Pro 7.5 C
3. Austin Watson Pro 6.5 C
4. Zach Stepan NCAA 6.5 C
5. Felix Girard CHL 6.5 D
6. Emil Pettersson Europe 6.5 D
7. Nick Oliver NCAA 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Dougherty NCAA 7.5 C
2. Johan Alm Pro 7.0 D
3. Jonathan-Ismael Diaby CHL 7.0 D
4. Mikko Vainonen CHL 6.5 C
5. Joonas Lyytinen Europe 6.5 C
6. Anthony Bitetto Pro 6.5 D
7. Garrett Noonan Pro 6.5 D
8. Jaynen Rissling CHL 6.5 D
9. Aaron Irving CHL 6.0 C
10. Teemu Kivihalme Junior 6.0 D
11. Joonas Jarvinen Pro 5.5 D
12. Taylor Aronson Pro 5.0 D
13. Scott Valentine Pro 5.0 D

Hard-working players and goaltending backbone of Nashville minor-league system

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Photo: In his rookie professional season, Taylor Beck has gradually developed into a solid offensive contributor at the AHL level. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)

The Milwaukee Admirals are currently in ninth place of a very crowded Western Conference and are in danger of missing the playoffs this season. One of the biggest contributors to their struggles have been the numerous call-ups to key players, including Ryan Ellis, Jeremy Smith, and Gabriel Bourque.

AHL

Victor Bartley, D, 23

The Predators signed the 23-year-old Victor Bartley in May. A former standout in the WHL, Bartley played last season in Sweden's Allsvenskan league where he ranked second among defensemen in points and assists.
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Jonathon Blum remains top prospect for Nashville Predators

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Photo: Miikka Salomaki brings a blend of size and skill to the Predators organization. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Nashville Predators prospect pool continues to be dominated by defensemen with strong upside. Goaltending also, as always, remains a strength, particularly with the additions of Magnus Hellberg and Atte Engren to this list. The forwards, while not exhibiting any elite talent, do showcase a few promising risers, especially Michael Latta, and Craig Smith.

1. (1) Jonathon Blum, D, 8B
Drafted 1st round, 23rd overall, 2007

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Nashville Predators possess small, diverse group at CHL level

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Charles-Olivier Roussel is currently in his fifth season of QMJHL hockey. (Photo courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)

With Ryan Ellis, Taylor Beck, and Michael Latta transitioning from the OHL to the AHL, the Predators do not have any blue chip prospects in the Junior leagues at this point. However, Austin Watson and Josh Shalla do have some intriguing upside.

QMJHL

Charles-Olivier Roussel, D, Saint John Sea Dogs
Acquired: 2nd round (42nd overall) in 2009
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Video: 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase: Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators

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Nashville Predators prospect Ryan Ellis has embarked on his professional career after turning in one of the more decorated junior careers in recent memory.

Ellis spent four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, a span in which the Spitfires won back-to-back OHL and Memorial Cup championships.  Ellis was an integral part of the Spitfires success, as he generated a great deal of offense from the blueline during his 4-year tenure.  He finished his junior career with the third-highest point total for a defenseman in the league's history, not to mention a stack of hardware that included being named CHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year, as well as earning the OHL's Most Outstanding Player award and twice being named the OHL's top defenseman.

Ellis also starred in international play for Canada, playing in three consecutive World Junior Championships for that country.  He earned one gold and two silver medals at those tournaments, and was named captain of the 2011 squad.
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Nashville Predators Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

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Photo: Selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Magnus Hellberg looks to be the next in a long line of talented goaltenders to come out of the Predators organization. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Nashville Predators have historically been able to squeeze everything out of every penny they spend. Without the money to bring in a star free agent or the luxury of having a top five draft pick, the organization has prided itself on winning with top-notch, homegrown goaltending and defense.
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