Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Deep and diverse group on defense
  • Many prospects close to NHL ready
  • Depth and skill at forward
Weaknesses
  • Lack of elite defensive talent

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. Chris Driedger CHL 7.0 C
2. Marcus Hogberg Europe 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mark Stone Pro 7.0 C
2. Tobias Lindberg Europe 7.0 D
3. Cole Schneider Pro 6.5 D
4. Buddy Robinson Pro 6.0 C
5. Chris LeBlanc NCAA 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Puempel Pro 7.0 C
2. Alex Guptill Pro 7.0 D
3. Shane Prince Pro 7.0 D
4. Nicholas Paul CHL 6.5 C
5. Max McCormick NCAA 6.5 D
6. Jakub Culek Pro 6.5 D
7. Shane Eiserman Junior 6.5 D
8. Darren Kramer Pro 6.0 D
9. Garrett Thompson Pro 6.0 D
10. Francis Perron CHL 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Curtis Lazar CHL 7.5 B
2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau Pro 7.0 C
3. Ryan Dzingel Pro 7.0 C
4. Vincent Dunn CHL 6.5 C
5. Robbie Baillargeon NCAA 6.5 D
6. Quentin Shore NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Cody Ceci Pro 7.0 B
2. Andreas Englund Europe 7.0 C
3. Fredrik Claesson Pro 6.5 C
4. Mikael Wikstrand Europe 6.5 C
5. Ben Harpur CHL 6.5 C
6. Michael Sdao Pro 6.5 D
7. Chris Wideman Pro 6.5 D
8. Tim Boyle Junior 6.5 D
9. Kelly Summers Junior 6.5 D
10. Miles Gendron Junior 6.5 D
11. Troy Rutkowski Pro 6.0 D

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