Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Blue chip prospects at forward and in goal
  • Depth at center
Weaknesses
  • Shallow pool on right wing
  • 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
2. Joacim Eriksson Europe 7.0 D
3. Joe Cannata Pro 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake Virtanen CHL 8.0 D
2. Nicklas Jensen Pro 7.5 D
3. Alexandre Grenier Pro 7.0 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

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. Kyle Pettit CHL 6.5 C
5. Alex Friesen Pro 6.5 D
6. Dane Fox Pro 6.0 C
7. Joseph Labate NCAA 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adam Clendening Pro 7.0 B
2. Frank Corrado Pro 7.0 D
3. Andrey Pedan Pro 7.0 D
4. Jordan Subban CHL 7.0 D
5. Nikita Tryamkin Europe 7.0 D
6. Ben Hutton Pro 6.5 C
7. Evan McEneny CHL 6.5 C
8. Anton Cederholm CHL 6.5 C
9. Peter Andersson Pro 6.5 D
10. Ashton Sautner CHL 6.5 D
11. Jeremie Blain Pro 6.0 C
12. Mike Williamson NCAA 6.0 D
13. Mackenze Stewart CHL 6.0 D

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