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. Kyle Pettit CHL 6.5 D
6. Adam Gaudette NCAA 6.0 C
7. Joseph Labate Pro 6.0 D

Defensemen

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

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Thirteen drafted goaltenders played in the NCAA in the 2015-16 season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the top five netminders with NHL ties, all of whom were among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress, and NHL potential. Read more»

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Prospect Impressions: Werenski shines, Mouillierat’s lacrosse goal, Amadio scores 50th shorthanded, WHL goalie scores, plus more

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Zach Werenski - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski and his Wolverines teammates will take on Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Michigan Wolverines won the Big Ten championship this weekend, and Zach Werenski led the way with an unbelievable performance. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, an AHL veteran joins a small group of players to pull off a special goal. Thatcher Demko is in the news again thanks to his desperate save in a clutch situation, and Stuart Skinner is another goaltender in the news but for something you wouldn’t expect. Plenty more highlights are featured, including a 50-goal scorer and a great scrap from the OHL. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Erie, London renew Midwest rivalry, two NCAA tournaments roll on, more from the CHL

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Christian Dvorak - London Knights; Travis Dermott - Erie Otters - Prospect Faceoff for 3/18/16

Photo: The battle for the top spot in both the Midwest Division and Western Conference in the OHL is on the line this weekend as the London Knights’ Christian Dvorak and Erie Otters’ Travis Dermott square off in a key CHL matchup (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The postseason tournaments are underway in college hockey, while the regular seasons in the three CHL leagues wrap up this weekend. This week’s Prospect Faceoff focuses on a couple of noteworthy NCAA semi-final games in the NCHC and ECAC while also taking a look at three CHL games with implications for next week’s playoffs. Read more»

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