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

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 Pro 8.5 D
2. Michael Garteig Pro 7.5 D

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brendan Gaunce Pro 7.0 C
2. Ronalds Kenins Pro 6.0 B
3. Michael Zalewski Pro 6.0 C
4. Ludwig Blomstrand Pro 6.0 D
5. Mackenze Stewart Pro 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Cole Cassels Pro 7.5 C
2. Dmitry Zhukenov CHL 7.0 D
3. Alex Friesen Pro 6.5 D
4. Yan-Pavel Laplante Pro 6.5 D
5. Adam Gaudette NCAA 6.0 C
6. Joseph Labate Pro 5.5 B

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jordan Subban Pro 7.0 C
2. Andrey Pedan Pro 6.5 C
3. Nikita Tryamkin Pro 6.5 C
4. Guillaume Brisebois CHL 6.5 C
5. Troy Stecher Pro 6.5 C
6. Ashton Sautner Pro 6.5 D
7. Evan McEneny Pro 6.5 D
8. Anton Cederholm Pro 6.5 D
9. Carl Neill CHL 6.5 D
10. Tate Olson CHL 6.0 D

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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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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Klimchuk heads talented group of winger prospects in the WHL

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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of just three WHL players to hit the 50-goal mark in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In the 2013-14 season regular season, the WHL featured a talented variety of wingers that are currently NHL prospects. The focus of this article is on the those WHL wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team, six of whom have signed NHL contracts. Our ranking consists of seven Canadians and three imports. Seven toiled in the WHL’s Western Conference, and our ranking contains a couple sets of teammates.

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