Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Strong character players
  • Two-way awareness among forwards
  • Offensive, puck-moving defensemen
Weaknesses
  • 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
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. J.P. Anderson Pro 6.5 C
2. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
3. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolay Goldobin CHL 7.5 D
2. Daniil Tarasov Pro 7.0 D
3. Max Gaede NCAA 6.5 C
4. Eriah Hayes Pro 6.5 C
5. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 C
6. Kevin Labanc CHL 6.0 D
7. Chris Crane Pro 5.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tye McGinn Pro 7.0 C
2. Gabryel Boudreau CHL 6.5 D
3. Emil Galimov Europe 6.5 D
4. Petter Emanuelsson Europe 6.0 C
5. Barclay Goodrow CHL 6.0 C
6. Dylan Sadowy CHL 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tomas Hertl Pro 8.0 C
2. Chris Tierney CHL 7.5 C
3. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.5 D
4. Rylan Schwartz Pro 7.0 D
5. Freddie Hamilton Pro 6.5 B
6. Colin Blackwell NCAA 6.5 C
7. Cody Ferriero NCAA 6.5 C
8. Sean Kuraly NCAA 6.5 C
9. Travis Oleksuk Pro 6.5 D
10. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.5 D
11. Rourke Chartier CHL 6.0 C
12. Noah Rod Europe 6.0 C
13. Jake Jackson Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Tennyson Pro 7.5 C
2. Mirco Mueller CHL 7.5 C
3. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
4. Konrad Abeltshauser Pro 7.0 C
5. Julius Bergman Europe 7.0 C
6. Alexis Vanier CHL 7.0 D
7. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
8. Taylor Doherty Pro 6.5 D
9. Cliff Watson NCAA 6.5 D
10. Joakim Ryan NCAA 6.5 D
11. Isaac MacLeod NCAA 6.0 D
12. Gage Ausmus NCAA 6.0 D

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