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 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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Rickard Rakell - Anaheim Ducks

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Throughout the NHL, young players are making a major impact for their franchises as teams are relying upon youth to lead their teams into the playoffs. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Rickard Rakell, Joel Armia, and Robby Fabbri are featured with highlight-reel goals. Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has his shot blocked and you won’t believe who did it. Plenty more highlights including a fun look at Dan Girardi’s pirate impression, and one SHL goalie who likes to have some fun post-game. Read more»

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Thomas Chabot - Saint John Sea Dogs

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The QMJHL is not exactly known for strong defense, but the league’s defensive corps were heavily repped at the 2015 NHL Draft. All 10 of the defenders chosen at that draft comprise this season’s top-10 QMJHL defenseman—although not in the same order that they were selected last June. Read more»

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Frederick Gaudreau - Milwaukee Admirals

Photo: Milwaukee Admirals forward and Nashville Predators prospect Frederick Gaudreau signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Predators in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Everything is “moving so fast” this season for Milwaukee Admirals forward and newly-minted Nashville Predators prospect, Frederick Gaudreau.

He’s tied for the team lead with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games, and on Jan. 5th the Predators signed the undrafted 22-year-old to his first NHL contract. Read more»

Trio of U20 players among top NHL-drafted defensemen out of Finland

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Sami Niku and Antti Kalapudas - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: JyP Jyvaskyla defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Sami Niku (R) is one of a trio of defensive NHL prospects that competed for Finland in their gold medal run at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft saw six defensemen from Finland selected for only the second time since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 2004. Though none of those players were selected in the top two rounds — as current Pittsburgh Penguin Olli Maatta was in the 2012 draft class that was previously the largest — the 2015 draft class has increased the number of NHL-drafted defensemen playing in Liiga. This has helped to expand this list to a top 10 after listing just five players last year. Read more»

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