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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Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack forward and New York Rangers prospect Danny Kristo, shown here playing for the Rangers in a 2013 preseason game, has so far fit in well in his new organization after being dealt by the Montreal Canadiens to the Rangers (courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It's been an exciting eight months for Danny Kristo. The 23-year-old winger for the Hartford Wolf Pack – the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers – has gone from playing in the NCAA national quarter-final at the University of North Dakota to playing in the last stretch of a losing season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, and now establishing himself as a star with the Wolf Pack following a July trade.

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Photo: Dylan McIlrath has gradually developed into a dependable and physical defensive defenseman. The New York Rangers selected McIlrath 10th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Team Rankings: MacKinnon boosts status of Colorado Avalanche prospect pool

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Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, center Nathan MacKinnon has made a smooth transition to the NHL level. (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects for each club are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.

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Several New York Rangers prospects expected to have big seasons in 2013-14

by Leslie Treff

Calle Andersson - New York Rangers

Photo: Blueliner Calle Andersson is one of the only true offensive defensemen in the Rangers system. Andersson was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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