Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Potential power forwards
  • Defensive and two-way defensemen in system
  • Depth in potential third/fourth line players
  • No future number one netminder in system
  • No purely offensive defensemen in system

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
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. Igor Shestyorkin Europe 8.0 D
2. Magnus Hellberg Pro 7.0 C
3. Brandon Halverson CHL 7.0 C
4. Mackenzie Skapski Pro 6.5 C
5. Adam Huska Junior 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Robin Kovacs Europe 7.0 C
2. Daniel Bernhardt Europe 6.5 D
3. Josh Nicholls Pro 6.0 D
4. Michael Kantor Pro 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Pavel Buchnevich Europe 8.0 C
2. Ryan Gropp CHL 7.0 C
3. Richard Nejezchleb Pro 6.5 C
4. Marek Hrivik Pro 6.5 D
5. Chris McCarthy Pro 6.5 D
6. Matt Lindblad Pro 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Aleksi Saarela Europe 7.0 D
2. Brad Morrison CHL 7.0 D
3. Cristoval Nieves NCAA 6.5 C
4. Adam Tambellini Pro 6.5 C
5. Oscar Lindberg Pro 6.0 B
6. Steven Fogarty NCAA 6.0 C
7. Keegan Iverson CHL 6.0 C
8. Michael St. Croix Pro 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brady Skjei Pro 7.5 C
2. Ryan Graves Pro 7.0 C
3. Mat Bodie Pro 6.5 C
4. Sergey Zborovskiy CHL 6.5 C
5. Tommy Hughes Pro 6.5 D
6. Tyler Nanne NCAA 6.5 D
7. Dylan McIlrath Pro 6.0 B
8. Ryan Mantha CHL 6.0 C
9. Calle Andersson Pro 6.0 D
10. Samuel Noreau Pro 6.0 D
11. Troy Donnay Pro 5.5 C

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