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 C
2. Tristan Jarry CHL 7.5 D
3. Sean Maguire NCAA 6.5 D

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Scott Wilson Pro 6.5 B
2. Conor Sheary Pro 6.5 C
3. Tom Kühnhackl Pro 6.5 D
4. Sergei Plotnikov Pro 6.5 B
5. Dominik Uher Pro 6.0 C
6. Troy Josephs NCAA 6.0 C
7. Frederik Tiffels NCAA 6.0 C

Centers

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

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Bryan Rust - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Bryan Rust is among the rookie goal-scoring leaders in the AHL so far in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the defensemen in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization have brought most of the talk as far as highly-touted prospects are concerned, several rookie forwards with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – particularly those transitioning from college – are enjoying success at the pro-level through the first quarter of the 2014-15 season. Read more»

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Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry is one of a small handful of prospects who represent the Pittsburgh Penguins in the CHL. Jarry is currently in his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a scant group of prospects playing at the Canadian major junior and junior-A levels of hockey. For a variety of reasons, the Penguins organization drafted only two players from the CHL over the past two seasons and has only one player currently playing in the USHL.

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Connor Carrick - Hershey Bears

Photo: Hershey Bears defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Connor Carrick has been productive for the Bears in the early portion of the 2014-15 AHL season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

Through the first five weeks of the 2014-15 season, there have been plenty of surprises in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference, including fast starts by rookies David Pastrnak and Chase Balisy and by teams who struggled last season such as the Worcester Sharks and Hartford Wolf Pack. Read more»

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Adam Lowry - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Hulking winger Adam Lowry made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets this season. Lowry was a third round pick at the 2011 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Pittsburgh Penguins possess newfound depth at forward

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Jean-Sebastien Dea - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Jean Sebastien Dea is part of a large group of forwards who are beginning their professional career with the Penguins organization. Dea was signed as a free agent in 2013. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

When Jim Rutherford took over the general manager job for the Pittsburgh Penguins last June, he inherited an organization that was shallow at forward, from the NHL level all the way through the prospect rankings. Rutherford did not take long to address the problem, first picking four forwards in the 2014 NHL Draft, then augmenting the Penguins NHL roster with several talented veteran players.

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