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. Jaroslav Janus Europe 7.0 D
3. Adam Wilcox NCAA 7.0 D
4. Kristers Gudlevskis Pro 6.5 C

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jonathan Drouin CHL 9.0 C
2. Henri Ikonen CHL 7.0 D
3. Nikita Gusev Europe 7.0 D
4. Tanner Richard Pro 6.5 C
5. Philippe Paradis Pro 6.5 C
6. Dalton Smith Pro 5.5 B

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Vladislav Namestnikov Pro 7.5 C
2. Cedric Paquette Pro 7.0 C
3. Matthew Peca NCAA 6.5 C
4. James Mullin NCAA 6.5 C
5. Brendan O'Donnell NCAA 6.5 D
6. Saku Salminen Europe 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Slater Koekkoek CHL 7.0 C
2. Nikita Nesterov Pro 7.0 D
3. Mark Barberio Pro 6.5 B
4. Dylan Blujus CHL 6.5 C
5. Dmitry Korobov Pro 6.5 C
6. Andrej Sustr Pro 6.5 C
7. Charles Landry Pro 6.5 D
8. Artem Sergeev Pro 6.5 D
9. Luke Witkowski Pro 6.0 C
10. Dan Milan Pro 6.0 D
11. Jake Dotchin CHL 6.0 D

Top 50: Kucherov heads 21-30 section of rankings that includes several new names

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Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Nikita Kucherov has parlayed a hot start in the AHL with Syracuse into a full-time gig with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013-14 (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by dynamic young forward Nikita Kucherov, who is one of several promising young forwards playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Tampa Bay Lightning rich in NCAA and European talent

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Matthew Peca - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Quinnipiac forward Matthew Peca has been solid in his junior season of hockey, recording 12 goals and 25 assists through 38 games. The Lightning selected Peca in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown a willingness to draft from all corners of the hockey world, so it should be no surprise that the organization boasts a wealth of NCAA and European prospects.

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Lehkonen heads short list of drafted wingers playing in Finland

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Artturi Lehkonen - Finland

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen played on Finland’s top line at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Like Sweden's SHL and the Czech and Slovak Extraligas, Finland's Liiga has been hit hard by the defection of top young players to the KHL for bigger contracts.

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Buchenevich, Slepyshev are the top winger prospects playing in Russia

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Pavel Buchnevich - Severstal Cherepovets

Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich was a scoring star for Russia’s bronze medal-winning squad at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

In spite of the bad performance at the recent Winter Olympics, Russia keeps on producing good players at a good rate, as confirmed by the recent good showing of the WJC squad.

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Gillies, Hellebuyck lead interesting group of drafted NCAA goaltenders

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Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has played for Team USA at the last two U20 World Junior Championships (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

This season started with 15 NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the NCAA. Now it is down to 13. Reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year Jason Kasdorf (WPG) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October after playing in just two games. Sophomore Collin Olson (CAR) left Ohio State in November to play in the USHL.

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