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

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Photo: In his first four games after returning from an injury layoff, Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid collected two goal and four assists (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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