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. Ilya Sorokin Europe 7.5 D
2. Linus Soderstrom Europe 7.5 D
3. Eamon McAdam NCAA 7.0 D
4. Stephon Williams NCAA 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sebastian Collberg Europe 8.0 D
2. Josh Ho-Sang CHL 8.0 D
3. Kirill Kabanov Europe 7.0 D
4. Kirill Petrov Europe 7.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Michael Dal Colle CHL 8.0 C
2. Taylor Cammarata NCAA 7.5 D
3. John Persson Pro 6.5 C
4. Mike Halmo Pro 6.0 B

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ryan Strome Pro 8.0 B
2. Anders Lee Pro 7.0 B
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. Kyle Schempp NCAA 6.5 D
8. Lukas Sutter CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

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

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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The Future of the New York Islanders

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You can use two words to describe the future of the New York Islanders, Tim Connolly. Coming off a strong training camp the 1999 Islanders first round pick (5th overall) was signed to a three-year deal at the signing deadline.

Connolly at Training Camp
There was speculation by both members of the media and fans that Connolly would not be kept with the team for the season and he would be sent down to his Junior team before he lost his junior eligibility. Butch Goring, Head Coach of the NY Islanders said “He (Connolly) was signed with the intention of him being an Islander all season. I expect rookie mistakes from him, but he has a tremendous up side and expect that he will become a great hockey player.”

His first NHL regular season game was on October 2, 1999 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had 16 shifts and 15:15 of playing time. . Connolly won eleven of fifteen faceoffs. That’s a whopping 73%. He showed that he is able to handle the puck like a veteran and can skate with the best of players. Although he only took one shot during the game, his future is bright.

Connolly said, “It feels great to make the team. This is what I have been waiting for my whole life, and to do it while I am eighteen years old, it is exciting to be here.

He has a long future in the NHL. Could he be the next “Great One”? Only time will tell. He didn’t set the world on fire with his performance in Tampa. Nevertheless, he has the attitude and skills to take him far in the NHL.
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Connolly and Biron, Newest NHLers

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Just as the junior signing deadline approached the tight walleted Islanders made a bit of a surprise move by signing two players, Tim Connolly and Mathieu Biron. Connolly topped off a strong training camp with a two point peformance in the Isles last preseason game including his first goal. Tim brings an instant element of excitement to the team that the Isles sorely need after the departure of Ziggy Palffy. Biron was a stalwart on defense throughout the preseason averaging almost 20 minutes a game. Mathieu is even better than the Isles scouting staff had anticipated and in the last week he beat out Branislav Mezei for the last spot on the blueline. Biron has been throwing his weight around, playing solid two way hockey, and using his 6-6 215lbs frame effectively. Mezei will rejoin Barrie in the OHL for another season.

Another high profile demotion was that of outstanding goaltender Roberto Luongo to Lowell. However, this situation may not last for long. Rumors are flying all over that the Isles will get rid of Felix Potvin, their most expensive player, to make room for the up and coming Loungo. Even though Robrto was their best player in the preseason rushing him into the NHL behind the kiddy corps blueline may not be the best idea. Luongo has been a winner at every level and even though he is confident now, he may not be ready for a full year on the island.
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Junior Prospects Off to Hot Start

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With most of the attention these days focusing on which players will stick with the big club, several Islanders prospects have started off their seasons in various leagues on a tear. In the Quebec league sniper Juraj Kolnik opened up with a goal and 6 pts in his first two games then added a hatrick to raise his totals to 4 goals and 9 points in only 3 games. Meanwhile goaltender Frederik Brind’amour was named defensive player of the week posting a shutout along with a 1.33 GAA and a .944 save%. Skilled pivot Justin Mapletoft who won the praise of Butch Goring in camp opened his season with a two goal three point performance, carrying Red Deer to a 4-4 tie.

As reported by HF’s own Peter Westermark Mattias Weinhandl has been paired with the Sedin-twins in MoDo, and Weinhandl has 1 goals and 2 assists with a +4 after three games. That line, featuring perhaps the three most promising 1980-born Swedes, is one of the most interesting ones to watch for the Elitserien-crowds. As a rookie in the Eliteserien Weinhandl is sure to put up impressive numbers on that line, and may prove to be a huge steal in the third round.
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Training Camp Opens

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The Islanders fresh new start has finally arrived as training camp opened in Lake Placid. This camp figures to be especially spirited as many young players look to impress new coach Butch Goring and earn spots. For several Isles prospects this iwill be a make or break season. This is the best and quite possibly last chance for players like Dmitri Nabokov, Vladimir Chebaturkin, Ray Schultz, and Sean Haggerty to win a regular role in the NHL. If some of these older prospects fail to impress don’t expect them to stay in the ISles system much longer. Another floudering prospect continues to be Mike Rupp. Publicly, management has continued to bachk the 9th overall pick but unless he has a break out year he will not be signed and would re-enter the draft. As of now the lumbering winger is not worth the minimum salary for a first round pick which is just under $1 million per season.
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