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

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. Matt O'Connor Pro 7.5 D
2. Marcus Hogberg Europe 7.0 C
3. Joey Daccord Junior 7.0 D
4. Chris Driedger Pro 6.5 C
5. Andrew Hammond Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Gabriel Gagne CHL 7.5 D
2. Tobias Lindberg Pro 7.0 C
3. Buddy Robinson Pro 6.5 C
4. Chris LeBlanc NCAA 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Puempel Pro 7.0 B
2. Nicholas Paul Pro 7.0 B
3. Shane Prince Pro 7.0 C
4. Alex Guptill Pro 7.0 D
5. Max McCormick Pro 6.5 C
6. Francis Perron CHL 6.5 C
7. Filip Ahl Europe 6.5 C
8. Shane Eiserman Pro 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Colin White NCAA 8.0 C
2. Filip Chlapik CHL 7.0 B
3. Ryan Dzingel Pro 6.5 C
4. Robbie Baillargeon NCAA 6.5 D
5. Travis Ewanyk Pro 6.0 C
6. Quentin Shore NCAA 6.0 C
7. Vincent Dunn CHL 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Thomas Chabot CHL 8.0 C
2. Andreas Englund Europe 7.5 C
3. Fredrik Claesson Pro 7.0 C
4. Ben Harpur Pro 7.0 C
5. Christian Jaros Europe 7.0 C
6. Christian Wolanin NCAA 7.0 D
7. Mikael Wikstrand Pro 6.5 C
8. Kelly Summers NCAA 6.5 C
9. Michael Sdao Pro 6.5 D
10. Miles Gendron NCAA 6.5 D
11. Troy Rutkowski Pro 6.0 D
12. Tim Boyle Pro 5.0 C

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After suffering a surprising loss to the Czech Republic in the second game of the preliminary round, Canada circled the wagons and gutted out a pair of wins, over Slovakia and the USA, to take the top seed in Group A at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

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Curtis Lazar stands out among Ottawa Senators junior prospects

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Photo: After a rough start to the 2013-14 season, Chris Driedger has been lights out for the Calgary Hitmen. Driedger was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

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Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar is scoring at a better than point-per-game pace so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

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Ottawa Senators have numerous prospects vying for limited NHL roster spots

by Peter Morrow

Matt Puempel - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Matt Puempel is playing in his first season of professional hockey. Puempel is a sniper who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

After several years of strong drafting by the Ottawa Senators, a healthy competition for a limited amount of NHL jobs has developed among their young players. A wealth of Swedish prospects, led by goalie Robin Lehner, has served Ottawa well in recent years. They also have several first round picks, including Cody Ceci and Curtis Lazar, who are on track to become impactful NHL players.

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Team Rankings: Deep prospect pool for Montreal Canadiens leads middle group

by HF Staff

Jarred Tinordi - Monteal Canadiens

Photo: Photo: Jarred Tinordi leads a deep group of defensive prospects for the Montreal Canadiens. Tinordi was selected 22nd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

Below is the middle section 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 HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects 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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