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. 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. Adam Erne CHL 7.0 C
2. Joel Vermin Pro 7.0 D
3. Jonathan Marchessault Pro 7.0 D
4. Brian Hart NCAA 6.5 C
5. 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. Johnathan MacLeod Junior 6.5 B
7. Dylan Blujus CHL 6.5 C
8. Artem Sergeev Pro 6.5 D
9. Luke Witkowski Pro 6.0 C
10. Jake Dotchin CHL 6.0 D
11. Dan Milan Pro 5.0 C

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