Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Speed, grit, tenacity
  • Blend of top-end talent
Weaknesses
  • Lack of 3rd/4th line wingers
  • Balance at forward position

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. Mark Visentin Pro 7.0 C
2. Brendan Burke CHL 6.5 D
3. Louis Domingue Pro 6.0 C
4. Mike Lee Pro 6.0 C
5. Marek Langhamer CHL 5.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tobias Rieder Pro 7.5 D
2. Philip Lane Pro 6.5 D
3. Jordan Szwarz Pro 6.0 B
4. Brett Hextall Pro 6.0 C
5. Jedd Soleway Junior 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Lucas Lessio Pro 7.0 C
2. Hunter Fejes NCAA 6.0 D
3. Zac Larraza NCAA 6.0 D
4. Darian Dziurzynski Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Henrik Samuelsson CHL 7.5 C
2. Max Domi CHL 7.5 C
3. Laurent Dauphin CHL 7.0 C
4. Andy Miele Pro 7.0 D
5. Brendan Shinnimin Pro 6.5 D
6. Ethan Werek Pro 6.5 D
7. Jordan Martinook Pro 6.5 D
8. Yan-Pavel Laplante CHL 6.5 D
9. Tyler Gaudet CHL 5.5 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brandon Gormley Pro 8.0 C
2. Connor Murphy CHL 7.0 B
3. Cade Fairchild Pro 6.5 C
4. James Melindy Pro 6.0 C
5. Connor Clifton Junior 6.0 C
6. Justin Weller Pro 5.5 C
7. Mathieu Brodeur Pro 5.5 D
8. Niklas Tikkinen Europe 5.5 D
9. Justin Hache CHL 5.5 D
10. Rhett Holland NCAA 5.0 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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Mikkel Boedker emerging from the pack in Phoenix Coyotes’ 2008 draft class

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Mikkel Boedker - Phoenix Coyotes

Photo: Mikkel Boedker, the Coyotes' eighth overall pick in 2008, currently leads the team with 18 points through 26 games so far this season (courtesy of Chris Pondy/Icon SMI)

For the third consecutive year, the Phoenix Coyotes drafted in the top 10 picks in 2008. The Coyotes now have two players from the 2008 draft who are making the most of their opportunities in the NHL, while a couple more are finding their way at the AHL level.

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Hard-working forwards, deep group of defenders lead the Phoenix Coyotes pro prospects

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Brendan Shinnimin (left) and Jordan Szwarz - Portland Pirates

Photo: Brendan Shinnimin (left) and Jordan Szwarz are two of the young forwards that have chipped in at both ends of the rink for the Portland Pirates in 2012-13. (courtesy Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

 
The Portland Pirates are having a successful season, thanks in large part to the influx of young talent. The Phoenix CoyotesAHL affiliate features eight rookies, including a few first round picks. Many of the Coyotes prospects that are playing professional hockey play the same style as many of the players on the parent club: a speedy, gritty, two-way game.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Connor Murphy and Sean Kuraly, USA

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Connor Murphy - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and Phoenix Coyotes prospect Connor Murphy has been a solid defensive presence for Team USA at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

After dropping a couple of tight, low-scoring encounters to rivals Russia and Canada, Team USA appears to have gotten their offense in gear the past couple of games.  The USA has scored 16 times in those two games, against Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while giving up just three goals.

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Team Rankings: Anaheim Ducks continue to have solid talent at all positions

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Sami Vatanan - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: After playing the past three seasons in Finland, defenseman Sami Vatanen made his way to North America and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Below is the middle section Hockey’s Future’s NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. 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 the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.

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