Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth at Center
  • Toughness
  • Deep and diverse group of defensemen
Weaknesses
  • Many prospects are high risk/high reward
  • Lack of depth at Wing

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. Anders Nilsson Pro 7.0 C
2. Kevin Poulin Pro 7.0 C
3. Mikko Koskinen Europe 7.0 D
4. Eamon McAdam NCAA 7.0 D
5. Stephon Williams NCAA 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sebastian Collberg Europe 8.0 D
2. Kirill Kabanov Europe 7.0 D
3. Kirill Petrov Europe 7.0 D
4. Matt Mangene Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Taylor Cammarata NCAA 7.5 D
2. John Persson Pro 6.0 C
3. Mike Halmo Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ryan Strome Pro 8.0 C
2. Anders Lee Pro 7.0 C
3. Viktor Crus Rydberg CHL 7.0 D
4. Johan Sundstrom Pro 6.5 C
5. Alan Quine Pro 6.5 D
6. Jason Clark Pro 6.5 D
7. Joey Diamond Pro 6.5 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Griffin Reinhart CHL 8.0 C
2. Ville Pokka Europe 7.5 C
3. Ryan Pulock CHL 7.5 C
4. Calvin de Haan Pro 7.0 B
5. Matt Donovan Pro 7.0 C
6. Scott Mayfield Pro 7.0 C
7. Adam Pelech CHL 7.0 C
8. Andrey Pedan Pro 7.0 D
9. Jesse Graham CHL 6.5 C
10. Kyle Burroughs CHL 6.5 C
11. Kevin Czuczman Pro 6.5 C
12. Marc Cantin Pro 6.5 D
13. Robbie Russo NCAA 6.5 D
14. Aaron Ness Pro 6.0 C
15. Doyle Somerby NCAA 6.0 D
16. Loic Leduc CHL 6.0 D
17. Jake Bischoff NCAA 6.0 D

Tim Connolly: Rising Star

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At last year’s draft Islanders GM Mike Milbury claimed that highly touted centerman Tim Connolly breaking his leg and missing half of his OHL season was a blessing. Connolly was on pace to score better than 50 goals and 100 points, which would have likely moved him up the draft charts. The skilled pivot was touted as the best stick handler in the draft and drew comparisons to the likes of Steve Yzerman. The Islanders brass were thrilled to take Tim with the 5th overall pick, the first of four first rounders.

Tim’s leg healed completely and he was in great shape for training camp. He had a strong camp, and though only 18, it was apparent that he was the most skilled player in the organization. Still, the Islanders were cautious about Connolly. They had made the mistake of rushing players into the NHL only to see their careers take a down turn before (see Dave Chyzowski, Eric Fichaud, and the jury is still out on Eric Brewer after a massive sophomore slump) and Tim had played only 46 games the year before. Hockey common place would be to let the phenom return to juniors, challenge for a scoring title, make a playoff run, and build up his confidence. However, the recent trade of super star Ziggy Palffy left the Islanders in dire need of a big time talent and fan draw in the lineup.
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Prospects season end report

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With the regular season coming to a close in most leagues, many Islanders prospects put the finishing touches on strong seasons. The Isles boast top 15 scorers in all three major junior leagues as well as in the Swedish junior League.

The Isles hottest prospect has been without a doubt Taylor Pyatt. After a slow start the year he has really come on and has been on a tear to end the regular season. Pyatt posted 10 points in 3 games earning him player of the week honors and finished the season with 40 goals and 89 points in 68 games, good for 8th in the league in scoring. He also led the league in plus/minus at +47. Pyatt is showcasing all the skills that will make him an elite power forward in the NHL.

Justin Mapletoft currently stands 7th in the WHL in scoring with 3 games to play. He leads his team in every offensive category and has earned praise for his outstanding defensive play. His totals stand at 37 goals, 91 points, and 131 PIM in 69 games.

In the QMJHL, Juraj Kolnik was dominant all year. Despite missing time with a shoulder injury and to play at the WJC, Kolnik finished 15th in scoring. In only 47 games he lit the lamp 53 times and had 106 points. His shooting percentage has been around 30 percent all year and is a true sniper. His skating still needs a little work, but he has a nose for the net and a tremendous release.

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Weinhandl Returns to Action

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Some great news in the Islanders organization as right winger Mattias Weinhandl, played Tuesday night for the first time since early November. Mattias had been out of action since November after a vicious intentional high stick injured his eye in an international competition. Weinhandl dressed for his MoDo team’s Euro Hockey League semifinal game against Magnitogorsk (Russia). He did not play on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin as he had been doing all season long, but still managed to net a goal in MoDo’s 6-5 loss. In the shootout to decide the game, Weinhandl missed a second goal by inches.

Weinhandl is wearing a full shield to protect the injured eye. Yesterday, he was in the hospital for examination as it is expected he will have an operation soon to correct a cataract that formed in the eye. According to the team, Weinhandl played so well the other night that he is expected to be re-united with the Sedins tonight against Färjestad.

At the time of his injury Weinhandl was among the Swedish elite leagues leading scorers with 9 goals and 19 points in 19 games.

Post WJC Report

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As always there have been many recent development among Islanders’ prospects. The Islanders had seven players representing four countries at the recent World Junior Championship. Mathieu Biron led the way as an assistant captain on the Bronze medal Canadian team. Biron logged almost 30 minutes a game, seeing time in all situations. Mathieu’s all around play was stellar and he was honored as a member of the All-Tournament Team. Fellow Canadian Chris Nielsen was also played a key role. He was extremely versatile, was excellent defensively and scored huge goals including the game tying goal in the bronze medal game that forced a shoot-out. Nielsen was among Canada’s leaders in plus minus at plus 4.

The Isles had three players on the Slovakian team, Juraj Kolnik, Kristian Kudroc, and Branislav Mezei. Kolnik has a quiet tournament until erupting in the final game with two goals and three points to finish second in team scoring. Kolnik and Kudroc led the Slovak squad with plus 4 ratings. Kudroc was a dominant physical force while playing solid in both ends. Mezei scored a rare goal for the Slovaks and was their top defenseman.

Rounding out the Islanders representatives were Swede Bjorn Melin and American Brett Henning. Melin started off strong with three points in his first two games then did not register another point. Henning performed well in a checking role for the US squad, but failed to get on the scoring sheet.
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Luongo Debuts

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The highly anticipated NHL debut of Roberto Luongo came on Sunday night and the highest drafted goaltender ever did not disappoint. Luongo was solid throughout the game and was spectacular down the stretch preserving a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins. Luongo recorded 43 saves in his first appearance, a Islanders record. Loungo’s performance ended a three game skid for the Isles. Roberto’s dazzling play throughout training camp caused many rumors that Felix Potvin would be traded to make room for the emerging star. Now that backup Wade Flaherty is out indefinitely, Luongo will get a chance to prove himself without the pressure of being a number one goaltender. This is an ideal situation as Luongo will get to break in slowly and acclimate himself to NHL play. Luongo will most likely return the AHL when Flaherty returns, however Potvin’s trade value continues to climb an account of his strong play this year.
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