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 Junior 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 NCAA 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. Aaron Irving CHL 6.0 C
12. Jaynen Rissling Pro 5.5 D
13. Taylor Aronson Pro 5.0 B

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