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 7.5 C
2. Joacim Eriksson Pro 7.0 C
3. Joe Cannata Pro 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicklas Jensen Pro 7.5 C
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 D
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. Jared McCann CHL 7.0 C
5. Joseph Labate NCAA 6.5 C
6. Alexandre Mallet Pro 6.5 C
7. Cole Cassels CHL 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. Frank Corrado Pro 7.0 C
2. Jeremie Blain Pro 7.0 C
3. Nikita Tryamkin Europe 7.0 C
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

Prospect awards point to good things ahead for Vancouver Canucks

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Frank Corrado - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Rookie defenseman Frank Corrado, winner of the Canucks’ Best Defensive Prospect award, played in 15 NHL games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

It would be easy to focus on the negative aspects of a season in which the Vancouver Canucks failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

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Team Rankings: Balanced group of prospects boosts status of Los Angeles Kings prospect pool

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Linden Vey - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Forward Linden Vey is one of several Los Angeles Kings prospects to make his NHL debut during the 2013-14 season. Vey appeared in 18 games for the Kings. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 2014 Spring NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking. For reference, each team's previous rank is listed in parenthesis.

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Vancouver Canucks have small group of defensemen and wingers developing in NCAA and Europe

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Ben Hutton - Maine Black Bears

Photo: Maine defenseman Ben Hutton played a strong sophomore season and led the entire team with 15 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The recent parting of ways between the Vancouver Canucks and former President and General Manager Mike Gillis will no doubt have implications for their prospects, current and future.

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Top 50: Shayne Gostisbehere and Valentin Zykov among honorable mentions

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Valentin Zykov - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Selected 37th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, forward Valentin Zykov had a solid 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, posting 23 goals and 40 assists in 53 games. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

As with every Top 50 ranking, difficult decisions had to be made towards the bottom section, and players were left out for a variety of reasons.

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Top 50: Kucherov heads 21-30 section of rankings that includes several new names

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Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Nikita Kucherov has parlayed a hot start in the AHL with Syracuse into a full-time gig with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013-14 (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by dynamic young forward Nikita Kucherov, who is one of several promising young forwards playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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