Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Blue chip prospects at forward and in goal
  • Depth at center
Weaknesses
  • Very shallow pool in goal
  • Defense lacks a gamebreaker

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. Thatcher Demko NCAA 8.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake Virtanen CHL 8.0 D
2. Brock Boeser NCAA 7.5 C
3. Nicklas Jensen Pro 7.5 D
4. Alexandre Grenier Pro 7.0 D
5. Lukas Jasek Europe 6.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Hunter Shinkaruk Pro 7.5 D
2. Ronalds Kenins Pro 6.5 B
3. Ludwig Blomstrand Pro 6.0 C
4. Matthew Beattie NCAA 6.0 D
5. Mackenze Stewart Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Cole Cassels CHL 7.5 C
2. Jared McCann CHL 7.5 C
3. Brendan Gaunce Pro 7.0 C
4. Dmitry Zhukenov CHL 7.0 D
5. Kyle Pettit CHL 6.5 C
6. Alex Friesen Pro 6.5 D
7. Dane Fox Pro 6.0 C
8. Adam Gaudette NCAA 6.0 C
9. Joseph Labate Pro 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Frank Corrado Pro 7.0 D
2. Andrey Pedan Pro 7.0 D
3. Jordan Subban Pro 7.0 D
4. Nikita Tryamkin Europe 7.0 D
5. Guillaume Brisebois CHL 7.0 D
6. Ben Hutton Pro 6.5 C
7. Evan McEneny CHL 6.5 C
8. Anton Cederholm Pro 6.5 C
9. Ashton Sautner Pro 6.5 D
10. Carl Neill CHL 6.5 D
11. Mike Williamson NCAA 6.0 D
12. Tate Olson CHL 6.0 D

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