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

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. Mackenzie Skapski CHL 6.5 D
2. Scott Stajcer Pro 6.0 C
3. Jason Missiaen Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Danny Kristo Pro 8.0 C
2. J.T. Miller Pro 7.0 B
3. Jesper Fast Pro 7.0 C
4. Ryan Haggerty Pro 6.5 C
5. Josh Nicholls Pro 6.0 D
6. Michael Kantor Pro 5.5 C
7. Thomas Spelling Europe 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Pavel Buchnevich Europe 7.5 D
2. Anthony Duclair CHL 7.0 C
3. Marek Hrivik Pro 7.0 D
4. Adam Tambellini CHL 6.5 C
5. Kyle Beach Pro 6.5 F
6. Jason Wilson Pro 5.0 F

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Oscar Lindberg Pro 6.5 B
2. Cristoval Nieves NCAA 6.5 C
3. Steven Fogarty NCAA 6.5 C
4. Michael St. Croix Pro 6.5 D
5. Ryan Bourque Pro 6.5 D
6. Kyle Jean Pro 6.5 D
7. Andrew Yogan Pro 6.5 F

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brady Skjei NCAA 7.0 C
2. Dylan McIlrath Pro 7.0 C
3. Conor Allen Pro 6.5 B
4. Tommy Hughes Pro 6.5 C
5. Ryan Graves CHL 6.5 C
6. Calle Andersson Europe 6.5 D
7. Samuel Noreau Pro 6.0 D
8. Troy Donnay CHL 5.5 C

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