Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Deep group of speedy, gritty forwards
  • Several NHL ready prospects
  • Elite group of defensive prospects
Weaknesses
  • Many prospects are high risk/reward
  • Many prospects are long-term projects

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. Matt Murray Pro 7.5 C
2. Tristan Jarry CHL 7.5 D
3. Sean Maguire NCAA 7.0 D
4. Eric Hartzell Pro 6.0 B

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Daniel Sprong CHL 8.0 D
2. Anton Zlobin Pro 7.0 C
3. Blaine Byron NCAA 7.0 D
4. Josh Archibald Pro 6.5 C
5. Tyler Biggs Pro 6.5 C
6. Jaden Lindo CHL 6.5 D
7. Bryan Rust Pro 6.0 B
8. Matia Marcantuoni Pro 6.0 C
9. Adam Payerl Pro 5.5 B

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Scott Wilson Pro 7.0 C
2. Tom Kühnhackl Pro 7.0 D
3. Jayson Megna Pro 6.5 B
4. Sergei Plotnikov Pro 6.5 B
5. Dominik Uher Pro 6.0 B
6. Troy Josephs NCAA 6.0 C
7. Frederik Tiffels NCAA 6.0 C
8. Bobby Farnham Pro 4.5 B

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Oskar Sundqvist Europe 7.0 B
2. Teddy Blueger NCAA 7.0 C
3. Jean-Sebastien Dea Pro 7.0 C
4. Jake Guentzel NCAA 7.0 D
5. Dominik Simon Europe 7.0 D
6. Sam Lafferty NCAA 6.5 D
7. Anthony Angello Junior 6.5 D
8. Nikita Pavlychev Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Derrick Pouliot Pro 8.0 B
2. Brian Dumoulin Pro 6.5 B
3. Nick D'Agostino Pro 6.5 C
4. Ryan Segalla NCAA 6.5 D
5. Harrison Ruopp Pro 6.0 C
6. Reid McNeill Pro 6.0 C
7. Dane Birks NCAA 6.0 D
8. Jeff Taylor NCAA 6.0 D

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