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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Juuse Saros Pro 8.0 C
2. Karel Vejmelka Europe 7.5 D
3. Evan Smith CHL 7.5 D
4. Marek Mazanec Pro 6.5 C
5. Janne Juvonen Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Steve Moses Pro 6.5 B
2. Miikka Salomaki Pro 6.5 C
3. Max Gortz Pro 6.5 C
4. Saku Maenalanen Europe 6.5 D
5. Patrick Cehlin Europe 6.0 D
6. Wade Murphy NCAA 4.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Fiala Pro 8.0 C
2. Jimmy Vesey NCAA 7.5 B
3. Pontus Aberg Pro 7.5 C
4. Viktor Arvidsson Pro 7.5 C
5. Justin Kirkland CHL 7.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Vladislav Kamenev Pro 8.0 D
2. Yakov Trenin CHL 8.0 D
3. Thomas Novak NCAA 7.5 D
4. Anthony Richard CHL 7.5 D
5. Colton Sissons Pro 7.0 C
6. Emil Pettersson Europe 7.0 D
7. Austin Watson Pro 6.5 C
8. Max Reinhart Pro 6.5 C
9. Tyler Moy NCAA 6.5 C
10. Zach Stepan NCAA 6.5 D
11. Felix Girard Pro 6.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Dougherty CHL 7.5 D
2. Conor Allen Pro 7.0 C
3. Jonathan-Ismael Diaby Pro 7.0 D
4. Alexandre Carrier CHL 7.0 D
5. Joonas Lyytinen Europe 6.5 C
6. Mikko Vainonen Europe 6.5 D
7. Kristian Nakyva Pro 6.5 D
8. Johan Alm Pro 6.5 D
9. Garrett Noonan Pro 6.0 C
10. Teemu Kivihalme NCAA 6.0 C
11. Aaron Irving CHL 6.0 C
12. Trevor Murphy Pro 6.0 C
13. Jaynen Rissling Pro 5.5 D
14. Taylor Aronson Pro 5.0 B

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