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

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. Cody Donaghey CHL 6.5 D
9. Andrew MacWilliam Pro 6.0 C
10. Max Everson NCAA 5.0 D

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