Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Strong character players
  • Two-way awareness among forwards
  • Offensive, puck-moving defensemen
  • Very few shutdown defenders
  • Little high-end scoring potential from forward group
  • Depth at left wing in the minors

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
2. Aaron Dell Pro 6.5 D
3. Jake Kupsky NCAA 6.5 D
4. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C
5. Mike Robinson Junior 6.0 D
6. Joel Rumpel Pro 5.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Timo Meier CHL 8.0 C
2. Nikolay Goldobin Pro 7.5 C
3. Joonas Donskoi Pro 7.0 C
4. Kevin Labanc CHL 7.0 D
5. Daniil Tarasov Europe 6.5 F
6. Noah Rod Europe 6.0 C
7. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 D
8. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.0 F
9. Chris Crane Pro 3.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Jevpalovs Pro 7.0 D
2. Rudolfs Balcers Europe 7.0 D
3. Dylan Sadowy CHL 6.5 C
4. Adam Helewka CHL 6.5 C
5. Emil Galimov Europe 6.5 F
6. Barclay Goodrow Pro 6.0 B
7. Petter Emanuelsson Pro 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chris Tierney Pro 7.5 C
2. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.0 C
3. Rourke Chartier CHL 7.0 C
4. Jeremy Langlois Pro 6.0 C
5. Marcus Vela NCAA 5.5 C
6. Colin Blackwell NCAA 5.5 D
7. Jake Jackson NCAA 4.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mirco Mueller Pro 7.5 C
2. Jeremy Roy CHL 7.5 D
3. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
4. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 7.0 C
5. Julius Bergman Pro 7.0 D
6. Karlis Cukste Junior 6.5 C
7. Adam Parsells Junior 6.5 F
8. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
9. Patrick McNally Pro 6.0 D
10. Joakim Ryan Pro 6.0 D
11. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
12. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

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