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 Pro 8.0 C
2. Janne Juvonen Europe 7.5 D
3. Karel Vejmelka Europe 7.5 D
4. Evan Smith CHL 7.5 D
5. Marek Mazanec Pro 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Max Gortz Pro 7.0 C
2. Saku Maenalanen Europe 6.5 D
3. Patrick Cehlin Europe 6.0 D
4. Wade Murphy NCAA 4.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Fiala Pro 8.0 C
2. Jimmy Vesey Pro 7.5 B
3. Viktor Arvidsson Pro 7.5 C
4. Pontus Aberg Pro 7.5 D
5. Justin Kirkland CHL 7.0 C
6. Miikka Salomaki Pro 6.5 B
7. Austin Watson Pro 6.5 B
8. Zach Stepan NCAA 6.5 D

Centers

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. Emil Pettersson Europe 7.0 D
6. Frederick Gaudreau Pro 7.0 D
7. Max Reinhart Pro 6.5 C
8. Tyler Moy NCAA 6.5 C
9. Felix Girard Pro 6.5 D
10. Colton Sissons Pro 5.5 B

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Dougherty CHL 7.5 C
2. Alexandre Carrier CHL 7.5 D
3. Jonathan-Ismael Diaby Pro 7.0 D
4. Trevor Murphy Pro 7.0 D
5. Petter Granberg Pro 6.5 C
6. Joonas Lyytinen Europe 6.5 C
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. Jaynen Rissling Pro 5.5 D
12. Taylor Aronson Pro 5.0 B

All Eyes on David Legwand

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When Nashville Predators conditioning camp opens this week, all eyes will be on one particular player. David Legwand. Legwand is expected to make a splash in training camp and make the big jump to the next level from the OHL.

Legwand’s numbers signifcantly dropped in 98-99 after an MVP rookie season with the Plymouth Whalers. Some nights he was totally invisible on the ice. He looked more Sergei Fedorov or Alexander Mogilny skating the ice and not knowing what to do with the great skills he possesses unlike the Mike Modano he is usually compared to. Many point to his work on two way play to improve defensively as a reason his numbers dropped. His numbers were still solid, but for Legwand, a major disappointment. Others point to a case of mono he contracted during Predators training camp as a reason for the drop off and he was struggling to recover from the illness. His performance at the World Championship competitions also caused the critics to stand up and rise. He did not stir anything up for Team USA causing some to believe if he is the real deal.

When Legwand’s Whalers got bounced from the OHL playoffs, the Preds immediately signed him, in order to get Legwand into an NHL game. Legwand’s dream had come true. In the final game of the season against New Jersey, he made his first appearance at the Nashville Arena. The Preds were happy with his performance. He didnt make any serious mistakes and took it easy but General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Barry Trotz knew immediately something was missing from Legwand’s game. Size.
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Nashville Predators1999 Draft Review

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Entering the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the Nashville Predators were in need of organizational depth, and certainly had enough draft picks to make a significant improvement in that area. The Predators owned 15 selections in the draft, which was by far the most for any NHL team. There were rumors that Nashville might use its sixth overall pick to trade into the top four and select one of the Sedin twins, and general manager Dave Poile revealed yesterday that he discussed the issue with Vancouver GM Brian Burke the night before the draft. However, Burke was reluctant to discuss anything in depth and that was a clear indication to Poile that the Canucks had another deal in the works.

Once the pre-draft trades emerged on Saturday, it appeared that Nashville would be content to stick with its selection. As the pick approached, however, another team contacted the Predators with a trade offer. According to Poile, the deal included “a pretty significant player” and involved the Predators trading the sixth overall pick. Poile turned down the offer and instead used the pick to select Brian Finley, the top rated goaltender in the draft.
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