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. 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 CHL 7.5 D
2. Darren Archibald Pro 6.5 C
3. Michael Zalewski Pro 6.5 C
4. Ludwig Blomstrand Pro 6.0 C
5. Matthew Beattie NCAA 6.0 D
6. 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. Alex Friesen Pro 6.5 D
8. Dane Fox CHL 6.0 C
9. Kyle Pettit CHL 6.0 C

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. Andrey Pedan Pro 7.0 D
6. Patrick McNally NCAA 7.0 D
7. Peter Andersson Pro 6.5 C
8. Ben Hutton NCAA 6.5 C
9. Gustav Forsling Europe 6.5 C
10. Jordan Subban CHL 6.5 D
11. Miles Liberati CHL 6.5 D
12. Evan McEneny CHL 6.0 C
13. Anton Cederholm CHL 6.0 C
14. Mike Williamson NCAA 6.0 D
15. Mackenze Stewart CHL 6.0 D

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