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

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. Andrey Vasilevskiy Europe 8.5 C
2. Adam Wilcox NCAA 7.0 C
3. Kristers Gudlevskis Pro 7.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Kucherov Pro 7.5 B
2. Adam Erne CHL 7.0 C
3. Joel Vermin Europe 7.0 D
4. Jonathan Marchessault Pro 7.0 D
5. Brian Hart NCAA 6.5 C
6. Danick Gauthier Pro 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jonathan Drouin CHL 9.0 C
2. Nikita Gusev Europe 7.0 D
3. Tanner Richard Pro 6.5 C
4. Henri Ikonen CHL 6.5 C
5. Cristiano DiGiacinto CHL 6.5 C
6. Philippe Paradis Pro 6.0 C
7. Jeff Costello NCAA 6.0 D
8. Yanni Gourde Pro 6.0 D
9. Dalton Smith Pro 5.5 B

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Vladislav Namestnikov Pro 7.5 C
2. Brayden Point CHL 7.5 C
3. Cameron Darcy CHL 7.0 C
4. Matthew Peca NCAA 7.0 D
5. Cedric Paquette Pro 6.5 B
6. James Mullin NCAA 6.5 C
7. Cody Kunyk Pro 6.5 D
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. Dominik Masin Europe 7.5 C
3. Slater Koekkoek CHL 7.5 D
4. Ben Thomas CHL 7.0 C
5. Nikita Nesterov Pro 7.0 D
6. Andrej Sustr Pro 6.5 B
7. Johnathan MacLeod Junior 6.5 B
8. Dylan Blujus CHL 6.5 C
9. Artem Sergeev Pro 6.5 D
10. Luke Witkowski Pro 6.0 C
11. Jake Dotchin CHL 6.0 D
12. Dan Milan Pro 5.0 C

Tampa Bay Lightning heavy on defense at junior level

by Chris Roberts
on

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo: After spending two and a half seasons with Peterborough, defenseman Slater Koekkoek was traded to the Windsor Spitfires at the 2013 OHL trade deadline. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With the majority of their prospects either playing at the college level, overseas, or already making the jump to pro hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning have seven prospects playing junior hockey.

Read more»

Team Rankings: Minnesota Wild owns impressive group of prospects with elite potential

by HF Staff
on

Mikael Granlund - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Drafted ninth overall in 2010, Finnish Center Mikael Granlund has made his AHL debut this season. Granlund was widely considered one of the best hockey players not playing in North America. (Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI)

Below is the top-10 section of Hockey's Future's NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year.

Read more»

Defense, goaltending main strengths for Tampa Bay Lightning

by Chris Roberts
on

Richard Panik - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Richard Panik (14) is one of several talented forwards the Tampa Bay Lightning have in their minor league system. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

It seems that, as a general manager, Steve Yzerman can do no wrong. In his first year as the Tampa Bay Lightning's GM, Yzerman made a number of shrewd moves that helped put the team into the playoffs, and while they finished outside of the playoffs this past season, Yzerman has continued to build a winning system.

Read more»

Distinct Russian flavor in Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2012-13 prospect preview

by Chris Roberts
on

Dutin Tokarski - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: With a deep pool of goaltending talent in the AHL, Dustin Tokarski will have a challenge maintaining his starter status. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a number of prospects playing at different levels and in different leagues this season, and with one of the top prospect pools in the league, there are a number of notable names in this year's Prospect Preview.

Read more»

Andrey Vasilevskiy tops Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2012 Fall Top 20

by Chris Roberts
on

Andrey Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Selected 19th overall, Andrey Vasilevskiy is the first goaltender the Lightning have drafted in the first round since 2006. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

While Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steven Yzerman made a number of shrewd moves with the team's NHL roster over his first two seasons as general manager, his best work perhaps has come through building the team's prospect depth.

Read more»