Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Improved goaltending prospects
  • Talent and depth on blue line
  • Many pro-level prospects
Weaknesses
  • Lack of right wingers
  • Few top-tier 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. Mackenzie Blackwood CHL 7.5 C
2. Scott Wedgewood Pro 7.0 C
3. Ken Appleby CHL 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Connor Chatham CHL 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Reid Boucher Pro 7.5 C
2. Joseph Blandisi Pro 7.0 C
3. Miles Wood Pro 7.0 C
4. Ben Thomson Pro 6.5 D
5. Brett Seney NCAA 6.5 D
6. Brandon Baddock CHL 5.5 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Pavel Zacha CHL 8.0 B
2. Blake Coleman NCAA 7.0 C
3. Alex Kerfoot NCAA 7.0 C
4. John Quenneville CHL 7.0 C
5. Blake Speers CHL 7.0 C
6. Artur Gavrus Europe 7.0 F
7. Graham Black Pro 6.5 C
8. Ryan Kujawinski CHL 6.5 C
9. Joey Dudek Junior 6.5 D
10. Ben Johnson Pro 6.5 F
11. Blake Pietila NCAA 6.0 B

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Steve Santini Pro 7.5 C
2. Joshua Jacobs NCAA 7.0 C
3. Reece Scarlett Pro 6.5 C
4. Raman Hrabarenka Pro 6.5 C
5. Colton White CHL 6.5 C
6. Vojtech Mozik Pro 6.5 C
7. Seth Helgeson Pro 6.0 B
8. Ryan Rehill CHL 6.0 C

Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

by Ken McKenna
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Jarred Tinordi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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Seth Helgeson taking on leadership role with Minnesota

by DJ Powers
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Photo: Seth Helgeson has been one of the top defensive defensemen in the nation in 2011-12. (Photo courtesy of Josh Holmberg/Icon SMI)

University of Minnesota junior defenseman Seth Helgeson (NJ) has become one of the college hockey's best defensive defensemen. This season he is part of a well-balanced Golden Gophers blue line that has contributed in a variety of different ways to help Minnesota get to the Frozen Four.

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Devils Training Camp in Full Swing

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The New Jersey Devils opened training camp on September 8th fresh from a summer of Stanley Cup celebrations. Many Devils’ prospects missed out on those celebrations but are pressing to be a part of future ones.

The departure of Claude Lemieux, Vladimir Malakhov and Brad Bombardir ensures there will be some new blood in the New Jersey locker room. Backup goaltender Chris Terreri turns 36 in November and the Devils plan on taking a long look at their goaltending future. In addition, for now a couple of slots remain open due to the contract holdouts of Scott Niedermayer and Jason Arnott.

In goal there is no doubt that the tandem of Martin Brodeur and Terreri will remain in place at least for this season barring any injury. Although none of the team’s other goaltenders appear ready for the NHL, the Devils were impressed with the play of Ari Ahonen, the former number one pick from Finland.

Ahonen at age 19 showed promise in his limited time in camp before returning to Finland. New Jersey is hopeful the young goaltender will return the U.S. later in the season and play some games for Albany of the AHL. The fact that Ahonen appears to be the goaltender of the future does not bode well for Jean-Francois Damphousse and Frederic Henry who will once again split time in Albany.
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Some New Blood For Devils Defense

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After losing Vladimir Malakhov to free agency and Brad Bombardir to the expansion Wild, the New Jersey Devils have two openings on defense. They should have no problems filling those slots.

Veteran Ken Sutton certainly will be given a shot to stay with the big club for the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Sutton, once voted the best defenseman in the American Hockey League, has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany over the past couple of seasons and would appear to be a seventh defenseman or insurance policy rather than a top six guy.

Willie Mitchell, the former Clarkson standout, can also be expected to make a run at a job in New Jersey. In his first full professional season Mitchell played solidly at Albany and also impressed the Devils in a two game stint in the NHL.

In July the Devils added to their defensive depth by signing Swedish rearguard Josef Boumedienne along with North Dakota defenseman Mike Commodore. Both will be watched closely by the Devils’ hierarchy at training camp in September.

Boumedienne, 6’1, 200 lbs., played for Tappara in the Finnish League over the past two seasons. New Jersey was so high on him that Boumedienne needed to be protected in June’s expansion draft after scoring 8 goals and 24 assists in 50 games last season.
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