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

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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
3. Andrew Hammond Pro 6.0 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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Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers

Photo: Aleksander Barkov leads the Florida system. The rookie center scored eight goals and 24 points in 54 NHL games before suffering a knee injury at the Olympics (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Below is the 11-­30 segment of the Hockey's Future 2014 Spring 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 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. Each team’s Fall ranking is listed in parenthesis next to their Spring ranking.

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Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (#19) and Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic (#28) of the Portland Winterhawks have much to smile about as they will be competing in their fourth straight WHL Championship series (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

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Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel shared the team goal-scoring lead with Mike Hoffman in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

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Photo: Forward Robbie Baillargeon was extremely effective as a freshman with Boston University and led the Terriers with 27 points through 35 games. Baillargeon was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

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Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Nikita Kucherov has parlayed a hot start in the AHL with Syracuse into a full-time gig with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013-14 (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by dynamic young forward Nikita Kucherov, who is one of several promising young forwards playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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