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

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

Tampa Bay Lightning 2012 draft review

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Photo: Drafted 40th overall in 2012, defenseman Dylan Blujus brings a combination of size, physicality, and offensive ability to the Tampa blue line. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman addressed the short term needs of his team with his first three picks, selecting two defenders and a goaltender. True to form for the third year Lightning GM, there was no shying away from riskier picks and the "KHL factor" was largely ignored.

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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Slater Koekkoek, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning top pick Slater Koekkoek, currently playing for the OHL's Peterborough Petes, receives his jersey and hat from current Lightning GM and former Pete Steve Yzerman (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

In what was a popular theme for this year's NHL Draft crop, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected with their top pick one of the prospects that missed a great deal of the 2011-12 season due to an injury.

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2012 draft preview

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Photo: Tampa Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher flank 2011 top pick, Vladislav Namestnikov, at last year's NHL Draft (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning finished the 2011-12 season with a 38-36-8 record and eight points out of the eighth playoff spot. The biggest issue for the Lightning during the regular season was keeping the puck out of their net and winning on the road, as the Lightning finished with the league's worst goals against average and a 13-22-6 record on the road.

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Several Norfolk Admirals players recognized in HF Prospect Awards

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Photo: Winger Cory Conacher was among the top players in the AHL in 2011-12 and a key part of Norfolk's run to the Calder Cup. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)


Though the Tampa Bay Lightning fell well short of an NHL playoff berth, many of the players affiliated with the organization still enjoyed a successful 2011-12 season. The greatest success was felt at the AHL level, where the Norfolk Admirals marched through the Calder Cup playoffs to a championship, posting a 15-3 record in the process and dominating the opposition at seemingly every turn.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 11-20

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. 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 each season, in the fall and spring.

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