Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Goaltending prospects
  • Stable of big, physical defensemen
  • Speedy, skilled crop of forwards
Weaknesses
  • Young centers
  • Lacking experienced offensive-minded defensemen

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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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. Andrei Vasilevskiy Pro 8.0 B
2. Kristers Gudlevskis Pro 7.0 C
3. Adam Wilcox Pro 6.5 C
4. Kristian Oldham Junior 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adam Erne Pro 7.5 C
2. Joel Vermin Pro 7.0 C
3. Danick Gauthier Pro 7.0 F
4. Carter Ashton Pro 6.5 B
5. Brian Hart Pro 6.5 C
6. Jonne Tammela Europe 6.5 C
7. Mathieu Joseph CHL 6.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Gusev Europe 8.0 D
2. Dennis Yan CHL 7.0 C
3. Henri Ikonen Pro 6.5 C
4. Cristiano DiGiacinto CHL 6.5 C
5. David Broll Pro 6.0 C
6. Yanni Gourde Pro 6.0 C
7. Bokondji Imama CHL 5.5 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brayden Point CHL 8.0 D
2. Anthony Cirelli CHL 7.5 D
3. Tanner Richard Pro 7.0 C
4. Mitchell Stephens CHL 7.0 C
5. Matthew Peca Pro 6.5 C
6. James Mullin NCAA 6.5 C
7. Cameron Darcy CHL 6.5 C
8. Brendan O'Donnell NCAA 6.0 C
9. Saku Salminen Europe 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anthony DeAngelo CHL 8.0 C
2. Slater Koekkoek Pro 7.0 C
3. Johnathan MacLeod NCAA 7.0 C
4. Dominik Masin Europe 7.0 C
5. Matthew Spencer CHL 7.0 C
6. Dylan Blujus Pro 6.5 C
7. Jake Dotchin Pro 6.5 C
8. Ben Thomas CHL 6.5 C
9. Daniel Walcott Pro 6.5 D
10. Luke Witkowski Pro 6.0 B
11. Ryan Zuhlsdorf Junior 6.0 C

2016 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

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2016 NHL Draft Top Prospects - Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander

Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning ignore Russian risk, find core players

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Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning second round pick Nikita Kucherov is one of three Russian players the team selected in the 2011 NHL Draft that has become a valued member of the franchise. (courtesty Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning made some bold picks in the 2011 NHL Draft, selecting a trio of Russians with the first three of its six picks. Russian players have been selected more frequently in recent years, but 2011 wasn’t a banner year for the country as teams were reluctant to select its young players without assurances; only nine Russians were picked in the seven-round draft. Read more»

Gusev among top NHL properties that competed in the KHL in 2015-16

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Kirill Kaprizov - Team Russia - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Minnesota Wild forward prospect Kirill Kaprizov (R) competed for Team Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where Russia won silver after falling in overtime to Finland in the gold medal game (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

The KHL continues to produce good players at a good pace, but nowadays there are more players moving to North America than before, therefore leaving the KHL with a slightly inferior number of drafted prospects than before. Read more»

Wheat Kings, Rockets, Rebels each place two players on list of top NHL properties at center in WHL

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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbird

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and New York Islanders prospect Mathew Barzal had his best offensive season in his WHL career in 2015-16, posting 27 goals and 88 points in 58 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

 

There are many different kinds of centers; those who primarily excel offensively and those who contribute in other ways to the success of their respective teams. One of the biggest challenges across major junior hockey is taking into consideration the versatility of many top forwards. It is not uncommon for the best players down the middle to take a few turns on the wing on a regular basis. Read more»

Aho, Hintz among top NHL properties competing in Finland in 2015-16

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Sebastian Aho - Karpat Oulu - Champions Hockey League Round Of 32

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho (#16) turned in a strong 2015-16 season, winning gold at the U20 World Junior Championship and finishing among the top scorers in Liiga (courtesy of Karpat Oulu/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

 

If there was a theme to the season in Liiga in 2015-16 it can best be described by the old adage, “Youth shall be served.”

Much of the attention focused on 17-year-olds Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi — who barring any major surprises will be among the top three players picked in the 2016 NHL Draft. In terms of drafted forward prospects, three of their teammates on the gold medal champion U20 team also had big seasons and could be signing NHL contracts in the near future. Read more»

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