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

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 C
2. Karel Vejmelka Europe 7.5 D
3. Marek Mazanec Pro 6.5 C
4. Janne Juvonen Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Fiala Pro 8.0 C
2. Vladislav Kamenev Europe 8.0 D
3. Pontus Aberg Pro 7.5 C
4. Viktor Arvidsson Pro 7.5 D
5. Jimmy Vesey NCAA 7.0 B
6. Justin Kirkland CHL 7.0 C
7. Miikka Salomaki Pro 6.5 C
8. Simon Moser Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Colton Sissons Pro 7.0 C
2. Austin Watson Pro 6.5 C
3. Max Reinhart Pro 6.5 C
4. Zach Stepan NCAA 6.5 D
5. Felix Girard Pro 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 Pro 7.0 D
4. Anthony Bitetto Pro 6.5 C
5. Joonas Lyytinen Europe 6.5 C
6. Mikko Vainonen Europe 6.5 D
7. Garrett Noonan Pro 6.5 D
8. Kristian Nakyva Pro 6.5 D
9. Jaynen Rissling Pro 6.5 D
10. Taylor Aronson Pro 6.0 C
11. Teemu Kivihalme NCAA 6.0 C
12. Aaron Irving CHL 6.0 C
13. Joonas Jarvinen Pro 5.5 D

2015 World Championship: Interviews with the USA’s Brock Nelson, Connor Murphy, and Steve Moses

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Brock Nelson and Steve Moses - Team USA - IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships

Photo: New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson (L) was the leading scorer for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, while linemate and Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (R) chipped in a goal and an assist (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

Brock Nelson became a full time NHL player this season with the New York Islanders, putting up 20 goals and 42 points in the process. He then followed that with six goals and nine points in nine games at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. Clearly elated with Team USA’s 3-0 bronze medal victory, Nelson shared his thoughts on the tournament after the game. Read more»

New era Nashville Predators loaded with award-worthy prospects

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Pontus Aberg - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators 2012 second-rounder Pontus Aberg showed promise in adapting to North American hockey early in the season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The 2014-15 season saw a shift in focus in the Predators’ organization from the Smashville philosophy of the early years to a more wide open skating style. Partly due to necessity, Nashville featured bigger, hard-hitting players playing tight defense and making things difficult on opposition players during its early years.  That changed this season as new coach Peter Laviolette emphasized a north-south skating game that fit the talents of scorers like rookie Filip Forsberg and veteran Mike Ribeiro, who had a resurgence in his first year with the Predators.

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Islanders, Ducks each land two prospects in 11-20 group

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William Nylander - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander produced 32 points in 37 games for the Marlies during the 2014-15 regular season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the 11 thru 20 section. All of the players in this section of the ranking are projected to have bright NHL careers ahead of them, and several – with hard work and a little luck – could develop into stars. Read more»

Prokhorkin, Kamenev the best among small group of NHL-drafted centers in Russia

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Vladislav Kamenev - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev (L) posted a goal and three assists for Russia’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

As might be noticed in international competition, the center position is often an area that Russia has some trouble filling with younger prospects, as that country instead fills with veterans like Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin because of the apparent lack of production from younger, less established players. But recently, there have been some signs of trend inversion as there have been some centers drafted by NHL teams out of the KHL. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

by David Hahn
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Steve Moses - Team USA - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more»

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