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. Kent Simpson Pro 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. 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. Ryan Pulock CHL 7.5 C
4. Scott Mayfield Pro 7.0 C
5. Adam Pelech CHL 7.0 C
6. Andrey Pedan Pro 7.0 D
7. Jesse Graham CHL 6.5 C
8. Kyle Burroughs CHL 6.5 C
9. Kevin Czuczman Pro 6.5 C
10. Robbie Russo NCAA 6.5 D
11. Devon Toews NCAA 6.0 C
12. Doyle Somerby NCAA 6.0 D
13. Loic Leduc CHL 6.0 D
14. Jake Bischoff NCAA 6.0 D

Post Draft Review

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Mike Milbury was right on the mark in at least one remark following a daring series of events, his reputation is definitely on the line. Knowledgeable Islander fans collectively swallowed their tongues in shock or at least banged their heads on the nearest solid object after hearing of Milbury’s high stake trades. What at the end of last season was the most promising young goaltending tandem in league was decimated. Weekes was moved to Tampa Bay along with last year’s first round pick Kristian Kudroc to obtain the 5th overall pick. Not a bad maneuver considering that franchise caliber goaltender Roberto Luongo seemed ready to shoulder the load. However, that scenario was quickly shattered when Milbury’s next maneuver was announced. Roberto Luongo, the best prospect in hockey, and Olli Jokinen, the 3rd overall pick in ’97, were sent packing to the Panther for forwards Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish.
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Islanders Hit Lottery Jackpot

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The Islanders luck truly is turning around. First, a solid ownership takes over the franchise, and now fortune smiled on the up and coming Islanders when they won the 2000 draft lottery. With only an 8 percent chance, the Islanders’ number came up and became the first fifth place team in draft lottery history to jump up to the No. 1 pick. The jump dramtically improves their positioning considering the players available. The Islanders will now likely select one of the two highly touted impact players, Dany Heatley or Marian Gaborik. The most likely pick would be Gaborik.

The Isles have a host of Heatley-type playes, rugged up and down players with deft goal scoring touch (Isbister, Green, Pyatt, Hunter). However Gaborik projects as a speedy game breaker, something the Isles desperatley need since the departure of Ziggy Palffy. Gaborik scored 25 goals in 50 games in the Slovak Men’s league and averaged almost a point a game. He starred at the World U-18 team with 6 goals and 8 points in 6 games for a weak Slovakian team. Heatley had solid numbers as a freshman at Wisconsin, but not overwhelming. In the past few years very few college players have made a big impact in the NHL. Throw into the mix that Heatley is actually a year older than Gaborik and the choice seems clear.

The other option of course is trading the 1st overall selection. The Islanders biggest need is a solid veteran defenseman and then another veteran forward. The 1st pick is an asset than many teams would love to have, and Mike Milbury’s phone will be very busy this June. Read more»

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.

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