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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
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. 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


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


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

Tampa Bay well-stocked despite increasingly late draft position

by Chris Roberts
Photo: Anthony Cirelli was promoted to alternate captain in his second season as a member of the Oshawa Generals, scoring 12 points in his first 15 games with a letter on his chest. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Photo: Anthony Cirelli was promoted to alternate captain in his second season as a member of the Oshawa Generals, scoring 12 points in his first 15 games with a letter on his chest. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)



Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has done a tremendous job of keeping the team’s prospect pool stocked, even as it continues to draft lower in the first round thanks to an improved big-league product. In fact, the Lightning opted to trade out of the first round in the 2015 NHL Draft; the move wasn’t the most popular at the time, but the early indication is that the team did well with its four second- and third-round selections. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Defensemen dominate the 11-20 group in the Fall rankings

by HF Staff
Noah Hanifin - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin has appeared in nine games for the team in 2015-16, posting two assists in those appearances (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)



A total of five defenseman make up half of the 11-20 section in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects. Add in a goaltender, and you have six players whose primary focus is to prevent the opposing team from generating offense. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Right wings dominate 41-50 group in Fall rankings

by HF Staff
John Gibson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson won his first four games of the 2015-16 season playing for the Ducks’ new AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)



The Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects is a group project that attempts to determine which prospects will go on to have the greatest impact in their NHL careers. This generally means the highest upside in terms of points but – as in the case of some of the defensemen – the overall effect a player like a Duncan Keith can have on a game does not go unnoticed. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Prospect Faceoff: Matthews stays hot in Zurich, Svechnikov-Garland duel, plus two Top 20 teams clash in college hockey

by David Hahn
Dominik Mason - Peterborough Petes; Juho Lammikko - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff for 10/16/15

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dominik Masin, and Kingston Frontenacs forward and Florida Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko may one day be NHL divisional rivals, but they will go head-to-head in an interesting OHL clash this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Aaron Bell/OHL Images)



Auston Matthews is taking an unconventional path to the NHL, and has earned a few accolades already while playing in Switzerland. Two electric playmakers go head-to-head in a battle of assist machines in the QMJHL, and a pair of potential Canadian teammates will likely see a lot of each other in a weekend contest. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s newest signee lines up against a powerhouse forward in what could be a preview of what to expect in the future from both Floridian franchises. NCAA hockey is back, and two Top-20 teams are set to clash in a non-conference game to close out this week’s edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2015-16 AHL Preview: Marlies could be the class of the North Division

by Tony Androckitis
Ryan Dzingel - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Ryan Dzingel turned in a solid AHL rookie season in 2014-15, posting 17 goals and 34 points in 66 games (Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)



The North Division name comes over from the American Hockey League’s Western Conference along with three teams from last year’s division – Rochester, Utica and Toronto – in addition to the other three teams from New York state – Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse. The St. John’s IceCaps, who have switched their affiliation from Winnipeg to Montreal, also make up this seven-team division that has several pre-existing rivalries due to the close proximity of most of the teams. Read more»

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