Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Gritty bottom-six forwards with good size
  • Character players in all positions
  • Two-way defenseman
Weaknesses
  • Top-end talent in goal and at forward

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. Garret Sparks Pro 6.5 C
2. Christopher Gibson Pro 6.5 C
3. Antoine Bibeau CHL 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Connor Brown Pro 7.0 C
2. Andreas Johnson Europe 7.0 C
3. Fabrice Herzog CHL 7.0 D
4. J.J. Piccinich NCAA 7.0 D
5. Carter Ashton Pro 6.5 B
6. Tyler Biggs Pro 6.5 C
7. Brandon Kozun Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Josh Leivo Pro 7.5 C
2. Pierre Engvall Europe 7.0 D
3. Spencer Abbott Pro 6.0 C
4. Brad Ross Pro 6.0 C
5. David Broll Pro 6.0 C
6. Nolan Vesey Junior 6.0 D
7. Jamie Devane Pro 5.5 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. William Nylander Europe 8.0 C
2. Greg McKegg Pro 7.0 C
3. Frederik Gauthier CHL 7.0 C
4. Carter Verhaeghe CHL 7.0 C
5. Tony Cameranesi NCAA 6.5 C
6. Dominic Toninato NCAA 6.5 C
7. Dakota Joshua Junior 6.5 D
8. Sam Carrick Pro 6.0 C
9. Ryan Rupert CHL 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Finn Pro 7.0 C
2. Stuart Percy Pro 7.0 C
3. Rinat Valiev CHL 7.0 C
4. Tom Nilsson Europe 6.5 C
5. Petter Granberg Pro 6.5 C
6. Viktor Loov Europe 6.5 C
7. Eric Knodel Pro 6.5 D
8. Andrew MacWilliam Pro 6.0 C
9. Max Everson NCAA 5.0 D

Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year, 2013

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Yevgeni Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov is widely considered to be the top young hockey player not playing in North America. Kuznetsov is currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

With every regular season in hockey finished, it is once again time to select the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Year. Though there were many fantastic performances outside of the NHL, none were quite as good as Yevgeni Kuznetsov (WAS), who this season further cemented himself as the best hockey player not currently in North America.

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Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets system has contributed to NHL playoff push

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Cam Atkinson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Cam Atkinson is one of several Blue Jackets prospects who has seen regular time in the lineup for Columbus during the 2013 NHL season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

Welcome to the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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Toronto Maple Leafs have decent depth at European and NCAA levels

by John-Eric Iannicello
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North Dakota v Minnesota

Photo: Defenseman Andrew MacWilliam recently signed an entry-level deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacWilliam spent the season playing for North Dakota. (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

The Maple Leafs have several prospects playing at the NCAA and European level. Tony Cameranesi boasts the most impressive season out of any NCAA prospect, while a strong performance from Swedish defenseman Tom Nilsson has earned him an entry-level deal with the Maple Leafs. All three of the Maple Leafs European prospects are Swedish.

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Morgan Rielly continues reign as Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect

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Morgan Rielly - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Defenseman Morgan Rielly maintains his spot as the top prospect for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rielly was selected 5th overall by the Leafs in 2012. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

The shortened 2012-13 NHL campaign has seen the Toronto Maple Leafs use a number of developed players throughout the season. Eight players who are 26 years old or younger, have suited up for the Maple Leafs this season – all of them playing vital roles for the Toronto Marlies earlier this season . This is a testament to the process the Maple Leafs have implemented in recent years to develop and promote more prospects.

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HF Prospect of the Month for February, 2013

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Andrey Makarov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Goaltender Andrey Makarov went 15-0 in the month of February. Makarov was signed by the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent in 2012. (Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Saskatoon Blades goaltender Andrey Makarov (BUF) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for February. The undrafted Russian goaltender rocked the WHL last month, posting a 15-0 record, a 1.72 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage, and two shutouts.

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