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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. Mantas Armalis Europe 7.5 D
2. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
3. Aaron Dell Pro 6.5 D
4. Jake Kupsky NCAA 6.5 D
5. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C
6. Mike Robinson Junior 6.0 D
7. 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. Kevin Labanc CHL 7.5 D
4. Noah Rod Europe 7.0 C
5. Marcus Sorensen Europe 6.5 B
6. Daniil Tarasov Europe 6.5 F
7. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 C
8. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.0 F
9. Chris Crane Pro 3.5 B

Left Wing

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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Dan O'Regan Pro 7.0 C
2. Rourke Chartier CHL 7.0 C
3. Jeremy Langlois Pro 6.0 C
4. Marcus Vela NCAA 5.5 C
5. Colin Blackwell NCAA 5.5 D
6. 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 Pro 7.0 C
5. Joakim Ryan Pro 6.5 C
6. Karlis Cukste Junior 6.5 C
7. Julius Bergman Pro 6.5 D
8. Adam Parsells Junior 6.5 D
9. Cavan Fitzgerald CHL 6.5 D
10. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
11. Patrick McNally Pro 6.0 D
12. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
13. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

The Surprising Sharks Trio

by pbadmin

Last year, the rookie trio of Patrick Marleau, Andrei Zyuzin and Marco Sturm raised a lot of eyebrows. Marleau was/is thought of as one of the best young centers in the league, Zyuzin was coming along on defense, and Sturm surprised everyone with his exceptional play. This article however, will cover another trio of rookies; none of who were first round picks, in fact, the highest was chosen in the 6th round, and two were never drafted… I am of course speaking of forward Alexander Korolyuk, and defensemen Shawn Heins and Andy Sutton. (Note: Scott Hannan played in 5 games for the Sharks, but was sent to his Junior club in Kelowna. I will not include him in this report, since he is not available for the Sharks at the current time.)
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Sharks Defensemen Report

by pbadmin

There are a lot of scouts throughout the NHL who will tell you that the San Jose Sharks have the best group of young defensemen in their system than any other team in the NHL. Included in this list are players such as: Brad Stuart, Scott Hannan, Andrei Zyuzin, Mike Rathje, and more… What makes San Jose’s defensemen so appealing, is not only that they’re good, not only that they have more than a few of them, but that they have all different types, for a well rounded defense as well. While every team wants to have a specific direction, you also want some variety. They have big guys, smaller guys, and everything in between. What I intend here is to go through some of San Jose’s main defensive young guys, and let you know what to possibly expect in the future from them.
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Sharks Goaltending Prospect Report

by pbadmin

In this report, I’m going to cover what is undoubtedly the most important position on the ice. Take a look at Stanley Cup winners throughout history, and what do they all have in common? Goaltending. At the very least, it’s been good, if not great. Detroit has had Chris Osgood and Mike Vernon. In previous years it’s been names such as Broduer, Roy and Richter. So who’s going to be the goaltender for the Sharks when they eventually win the Cup? Will it be one of the below named players, or someone else currently with another team or in juniors?
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Sharks Prospect Report

by pbadmin

Well, first off, I owe everyone an apology. I said in my last post that I would be writing stories back to my normal pace, but unfortunately things came up, and that wasn’t possible, but I’m back…

In this report I’m going to focus on some players currently in Kentucky of the AHL, and briefly on one player currently playing in Richmond of the ECHL.

The Sharks have had some surprises in Kentucky this year, fortunately, they have all been pleasant surprises thus far. Perhaps the biggest surprise is right up at the top, in their coach, Roy Sommer. Last year, Sommer was the eye in the sky for the San Jose Sharks. At that point, the Kentucky Thoroughblades decided that while Jim Wiley may be a good guy, being the Head Coach of the team wasn’t quite his spot, so he was re-assigned, demoted, whatever you want to call it to Director of Hockey Operations. Roy Sommer was brought from the San Jose Sharks to fulfill his first Head Coaching job in the AHL. Roy has coached in the ECHL, oddly enough with the Richmond Renegades, now the Sharks ECHL affiliate, and won it all there on multiple occasions. Many people will tell you that Sommer could possibly be the next Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks if things work out well enough there. After a very disappointing season in Kentucky last year, rookie Head Coach Roy Sommer has put the Tblades into a position where they are challenging for their division title.
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Sharks 1998 Training Camp

by pbadmin

Well, the San Jose Sharks have completed their 1998 training camp. As always, some guys were impressive, some not. The players who were sent down in the first set of cuts I did not get the chance to see… The others however, I have seen. Some of the guys sent down in the first set had write-ups in the paper about them, and I recorded those comments in the players review…

1: Sean Gauthier: G-Many have been impressed by him; unfortunately, I’m not one of them… He has given up tons of rebound opportunities… Bruce Racine should get the #3 job, only question is does Gauthier go to AHL or the ECHL?
2: Bill Houlder: D-Very typical Billy Houlder defensive hockey… Nothing flashy, but doing his job… Not allowing the forwards to get any great shots off…
3: Bob Rouse: D-He’s looking like a very good pickup… Largely overshadowed in Detroit…
4: Andrei Zyuzin: D-The fact that he has not shown much improvement since last year is a bit disheartening, but I wouldn’t get to worried quite yet… Darryl Sutter has voiced displeasure of his play, but also has implied that there has been progress as camp goes on…
5: Brad Stuart: D-You could tell he was a bit overwhelmed… He seemed surprised at times at the extra speed and intensity of the NHL players… Sent down to Regina at the last minute. (WHL) Read more»