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. Brandon Halverson CHL 7.5 D
2. Igor Shestyorkin Europe 7.0 D
3. Mackenzie Skapski CHL 6.5 D
4. 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 7.0 D
5. Richard Nejezchleb CHL 6.5 C
6. Josh Nicholls Pro 6.0 D
7. Michael Kantor Pro 5.5 C

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. Chris McCarthy Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Hayes Pro 7.0 C
2. Oscar Lindberg Pro 6.5 B
3. Cristoval Nieves NCAA 6.5 C
4. Steven Fogarty NCAA 6.5 C
5. Michael St. Croix Pro 6.5 D
6. Ryan Bourque Pro 6.5 D
7. Andrew Yogan Pro 6.5 F
8. Keegan Iverson CHL 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brady Skjei NCAA 7.0 C
2. Dylan McIlrath Pro 7.0 C
3. Mat Bodie Pro 7.0 C
4. Conor Allen Pro 6.5 B
5. Tommy Hughes Pro 6.5 C
6. Ryan Graves CHL 6.5 C
7. Daniel Walcott CHL 6.5 C
8. Petr Zamorsky Europe 6.5 C
9. Calle Andersson Europe 6.5 D
10. Tyler Nanne Junior 6.5 D
11. Samuel Noreau Pro 6.0 D
12. Ryan Mantha Junior 6.0 D
13. Troy Donnay CHL 5.5 C

Team Rankings: Detroit Red Wings deep prospect pool leads the middle group

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Dan DeKeyser - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Detroit’s signing of Western Michigan defenseman Dan DeKeyser has improved the team’s breakout and transition game (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)

Below is the middle section of the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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Chris Kreider remains top prospect for New York Rangers

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Christian Thomas - New York Rangers

Photo: Winger Christian Thomas is one of several Rangers forward prospects who are playing their first season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers boast excellent forward depth, with the likes of Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, and Mats Zuccarello all seeing some time on the NHL squad this season. The Rangers also have several other prospects who are close to making an impact in the NHL, including Christian Thomas, Jesper Fasth, and Dylan McIlrath.

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2008 NHL Draft was huge success for New York Rangers

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Derek Stepan and Michael Del Zotto - New York Rangers

Photo: Derek Stepan (left) and Michael Del Zotto (right) have been key contributors to the New York Rangers. Both skaters were selected in the 2008 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

In the most successful draft in recent memory, the New York Rangers selected seven players in 2008, including four who are currently playing in the NHL. Two of the four NHL skaters are key players in New York. Of the five 2008 draftees who are no longer with the organization, the Rangers got value in return for two.

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New York Rangers’ minor league system flush with home grown prospects

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Kyle Jean - New York Rangers

Photo: Forward Kyle Jean is one of many Rangers prospects who brings a lot of size and toughness to the organization. (Photo courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – J.T. Miller, USA

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JT Miller - USA

Photo: Connecticut Whale forward and New York Rangers prospect JT Miller wrapped up his U-20 eligibility in style as a member of the gold medal-winning USA squad (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While John Gibson, John Gaudreau, and the defensive unit have received a great deal of well deserved credit for Team USA's gold medal win at the 2013 World Junior Championship, forward JT Miller was somewhat of an unsung hero for that team.

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