Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Good depth of two-way defensemen
  • Blue chippers at the top
Weaknesses
  • Many enigmatic prospects in system
  • Lack of goaltending depth

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. Joacim Eriksson Pro 7.0 C
2. 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. Hunter Shinkaruk CHL 7.5 D
2. Jeremy Welsh Pro 7.0 C
3. Darren Archibald Pro 6.5 C
4. Michael Zalewski Pro 6.5 D
5. Ludwig Blomstrand Pro 6.0 C
6. Jeff Costello NCAA 6.0 D
7. Wes Myron Pro 6.0 D
8. Matthew Beattie NCAA 6.0 D
9. 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. Jordan Schroeder Pro 7.0 C
4. Joseph Labate NCAA 6.5 C
5. Alexandre Mallet Pro 6.5 C
6. Cole Cassels CHL 6.5 C
7. Alex Friesen Pro 6.5 D
8. Dane Fox CHL 6.0 C
9. 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. Henrik Tommernes Pro 7.0 D
4. Patrick McNally NCAA 7.0 D
5. Yann Sauve Pro 6.5 C
6. Peter Andersson Pro 6.5 C
7. Ben Hutton NCAA 6.5 C
8. Jordan Subban CHL 6.5 D
9. Miles Liberati CHL 6.5 D
10. Evan McEneny CHL 6.0 C
11. Anton Cederholm CHL 6.0 C
12. Mike Williamson NCAA 6.0 D

Pro level prospects sweep the Vancouver Canucks prospect awards

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Jordan Schroeder - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver forward Jordan Schroeder earned his first substantial NHL time in 2012-13, shoring up the Canucks depth down the middle when injuries knocked Ryan Kesler and Manny Malhotra out of the lineup (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

 
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Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets system has contributed to NHL playoff push

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Cam Atkinson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Cam Atkinson is one of several Blue Jackets prospects who has seen regular time in the lineup for Columbus during the 2013 NHL season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

Welcome to the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. 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.

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Vancouver Canucks added to shallow pool of prospects in NCAA and Europe at 2012 Draft

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Joseph Labate - University of Wisconsin

Photo: Timely scoring from Wisconsin sophomore Joseph Labate was key for the Badgers down the stretch before the team fell to UMass-Lowell in the first round of the NCAA tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

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Nicklas Jensen keeps top spot in Vancouver Canucks mid-season Top 20

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Nicklas Jensen - Team Denmark

Photo: Nicklas Jensen, shown here skating for Team Denmark, is expected to return to North America after his season ends in the Swedish Elite League. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 
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Cody Hodgson the top pick in Vancouver Canucks’ 2008 draft class

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Prab Rai - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Prab Rai, the Canucks' fifth round pick in 2008, has been limited by injury to just 31 ECHL games through three seasons thus far in his pro career. (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon SMI)

 
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