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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Juuse Saros Pro 8.0 C
2. Karel Vejmelka Europe 7.5 D
3. Evan Smith Junior 7.5 D
4. Marek Mazanec Pro 6.5 C
5. Janne Juvonen Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Steve Moses Pro 6.5 B
2. Max Gortz Pro 6.5 C
3. Saku Maenalanen Europe 6.5 D
4. Patrick Cehlin Europe 6.0 D
5. 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. Pontus Aberg Pro 7.5 C
4. Viktor Arvidsson Pro 7.5 C
5. Justin Kirkland CHL 7.0 C
6. Miikka Salomaki Pro 6.5 C
7. Austin Watson Pro 6.5 C


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. Colton Sissons Pro 7.0 C
6. Emil Pettersson Europe 7.0 D
7. Max Reinhart Pro 6.5 C
8. Tyler Moy NCAA 6.5 C
9. Zach Stepan NCAA 6.5 D
10. Felix Girard Pro 6.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jack Dougherty CHL 7.5 D
2. Conor Allen Pro 7.0 C
3. Jonathan-Ismael Diaby Pro 7.0 D
4. Alexandre Carrier CHL 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. Trevor Murphy Pro 6.0 C
13. Jaynen Rissling Pro 5.5 D
14. Taylor Aronson Pro 5.0 B

2010 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators had unusually weak outing at the 2010 draft

by Tony Piscotta
Austin Watson - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect and 2010 first-round pick Austin Watson has established himself as a consistent player in the AHL while waiting for his NHL opportunity (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Entering the 2010 NHL Draft the Nashville Predators were coming off a successful regular season followed by yet another disappointing first round series loss in the playoffs.

Nashville finished third in the Central Division in 2009-10, reaching 100 points for the third time in five seasons, but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago in six games in the first round. This marked the fifth straight time Nashville lost in the first round and the Predators would not win their first playoff series until the 2010-11 season.

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Finland’s Esa Lindell and Switzerland’s Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi

by Chapin Landvogt
Kevin Fiala - Team Switzerland - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala (#21) appeared in 33 games for Nashville’s AHL farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals, where he scored 11 goals and 20 points in 2014-15 (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is coming off a career year in which the 6’3”, 200 pound defenseman put up 14 goals and 35 points in 57 games. This was good enough to not only earn him a spot on Team Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, but also got him a cup of coffee with the AHL’s Texas Stars to conclude the season. Read more»

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

by Chapin Landvogt
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

by Tony Piscotta
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

by HF Staff
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»

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