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

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 B
2. Tristan Jarry CHL 7.5 C
3. Sean Maguire Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Daniel Sprong CHL 7.5 C
2. Blaine Byron NCAA 7.0 D
3. Jaden Lindo CHL 6.5 D
4. Anton Zlobin Pro 6.5 F
5. Bryan Rust Pro 6.0 B
6. Josh Archibald Pro 6.0 C
7. Tyler Biggs Pro 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Scott Wilson Pro 6.5 B
2. Troy Josephs NCAA 6.5 D
3. Tom Kühnhackl Pro 6.0 B
4. Conor Sheary Pro 6.0 B
5. Dominik Uher Pro 6.0 C
6. Frederik Tiffels NCAA 6.0 C
7. Matthias Plachta Pro 5.5 C
8. Daniel O'Donoghue Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake Guentzel Pro 7.5 D
2. Teddy Blueger Pro 7.0 C
3. Jean-Sebastien Dea Pro 7.0 D
4. Dominik Simon Europe 7.0 D
5. Oskar Sundqvist Pro 6.5 B
6. Sam Lafferty NCAA 6.5 D
7. Anthony Angello NCAA 6.0 C
8. Nikita Pavlychev Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Derrick Pouliot Pro 8.0 B
2. Lukas Bengtsson Pro 7.0 C
3. Ethan Prow 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. Jeff Taylor NCAA 6.0 C
8. Dane Birks NCAA 6.0 D
9. James Melindy Pro 5.5 C

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