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 C
2. Magnus Hellberg Pro 7.5 C
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. Zach Budish Pro 6.0 D
6. 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. Josh Shalla Pro 6.5 F
9. Simon Moser Pro 6.0 D
10. Tommy Veilleux CHL 5.5 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Colton Sissons Pro 7.0 C
2. Austin Watson Pro 6.5 C
3. Zach Stepan NCAA 6.5 D
4. Felix Girard Pro 6.5 D
5. Emil Pettersson Europe 6.5 D
6. 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

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Photo: courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images

Photo: Nashville prospect Vladislav Kamenev had just one goal in the KHL playoffs as Metallurg failed to defend its Gagarin Cup title (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

Although the top prospects in the Nashville Predators organization currently skate for AHL affiliate Milwaukee, there are many players competing at the NCAA level or in European leagues this season.
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Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey is currently ranked third overall in NCAA scoring with 55 points in 35 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

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Photo: Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad has displayed the same maturity and talent level in his first NHL season that he was known for during his junior hockey days with the OHL’s Barrie Colts (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

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AHL Western Conference Notebook , February, 2015

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Connor Brown - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown was chosen to take part in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference will undergo some major re-structuring over the summer as five AHL teams will be playing in California beginning in the 2015-16 season. But before the westward expansion takes place, there are several elite prospects playing in the Western Conference this season looking to make the full-time jump to the NHL. Read more»

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