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 Pro 7.0 D
3. Joe Cannata Pro 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicklas Jensen Pro 7.5 D
2. Alexandre Grenier Pro 7.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake Virtanen CHL 8.0 D
2. Hunter Shinkaruk CHL 7.5 D
3. Jeremy Welsh Pro 7.0 C
4. Darren Archibald Pro 6.5 C
5. Michael Zalewski Pro 6.5 C
6. Ludwig Blomstrand Pro 6.0 C
7. Matthew Beattie NCAA 6.0 D
8. Ronalds Kenins Europe 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Bo Horvat CHL 7.5 C
2. Brendan Gaunce CHL 7.0 C
3. Linden Vey Pro 7.0 C
4. Cole Cassels CHL 7.0 C
5. Jared McCann CHL 7.0 C
6. Joseph Labate NCAA 6.5 C
7. Alexandre Mallet Pro 6.5 C
8. Alex Friesen Pro 6.5 D
9. Dane Fox CHL 6.0 C
10. Kyle Pettit CHL 6.0 C
11. Kellan Lain Pro 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jeremie Blain Pro 7.0 C
2. Nikita Tryamkin Europe 7.0 C
3. Frank Corrado Pro 7.0 D
4. Henrik Tommernes Pro 7.0 D
5. Patrick McNally NCAA 7.0 D
6. Peter Andersson Pro 6.5 C
7. Ben Hutton NCAA 6.5 C
8. Gustav Forsling Europe 6.5 C
9. Jordan Subban CHL 6.5 D
10. Miles Liberati CHL 6.5 D
11. Evan McEneny CHL 6.0 C
12. Anton Cederholm CHL 6.0 C
13. Mike Williamson NCAA 6.0 D
14. Mackenze Stewart CHL 6.0 D

Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

by Ken McKenna
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Jarred Tinordi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations 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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Nicklas Jensen new top prospect in Vancouver top-20

by Jared Ramsden
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Photo: Former first-round pick Jordan Schroeder has developed slow but steadily over the past two years in the AHL. The forward is expected to battle for spot in the NHL over the next two seasons. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)

The Canucks aren't blessed with an overly deep group of prospects, but there are a few players at the top of the list that have some good potential and upside, the most notable being Nicklas Jensen. There are a lot of project-type players in the system as well, many of whom have a lot of raw and untapped potential. The strength of the organization continues to remain in between the pipes, headlined by Eddie Lack.

1. (2) Nicklas Jensen, RW, 7.5C
Drafted, 1st round, 29th overall, 2011

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2012 World Championship: Jannik Hansen, Denmark

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is representing Denmark at the 2012 World Championship (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
 

Jannik Hansen has spent the better part of the last two seasons solidifying his role as a regular with the Vancouver Canucks. After having been in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, he’s now helping out Denmark at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm after a disappointing first round loss to the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s NHL playoffs.

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HF Podcast: Hodgson back in action

by Ken McKenna
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Forward Cody Hodgson of the OHL‘s Brampton Battalion was the toast of the junior hockey world in the 2008-09 season.  He was named CHL Player of the Year, as well as the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year for 2009.

It was expected that Hodgson would take a run at a full-time job in the NHL during the 2009 training camp of the Vancouver Canucks.  Instead, Hodgson suffered a back injury that had kept him out of action for the first few months of the 2009-10 season.

Hodgson returned to action the other night, picking up a couple of assists in his season debut for the Battalion.  The CHL celebrated his return with a press conference that included Hodgson and his coach, Stan Butler, which is presented in its entirety in this HF Podcast.

Click here to download the Cory Hodgson podcast

Canucks not impressive in 5-2 win in Sweden

by Peter Westermark
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Powered by a three-point effort from Daniel Sedin, the Canucks kicked off their exhibition season with a 5-2 win against MoDo.
MoDo started the game showing little respect for their more well-known opponents, and they were rewarded with a powerplay after former MoDo-hero Markus Näslund was called for a high stick. The Canucks did not have much trouble killing off the penalty and were rewarded with a powerplay of their own after a dubious holding-call on Jan-Axel Alavaara.
Vancouver wasted little time on their first powerplay of the game before scoring when Trent Klatt one-timed a shot from close range after a pass from Daniel Sedin.
Daniel Sedin was the main story of the first period. Minutes after being called for kneeing, he sent Vadim Sharifijanov on a breakaway after a turnover on the offensive blue-line. Sharifijanov displayed a sniper’s instinct shooting through MoDo goalie Tobias Lundström´s five-hole.
After a second Canuck powerplay, the Sedin´s created havoc in their former team´s defensive system and Daniel Sedin put the Canucks up 3-0 heading into the second period.
Just like in the first period, MoDo started the period well but it was the Canucks that added to their lead after four minutes. Carrying the puck on a 2-no-1, Todd Bertuzzi made an excellent pass right on the tape of Harold Druken´s stick who put in into the gaping left side of the net.

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