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

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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

Vancouver Canucks 2012 draft preview

by Jared Ramsden
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Photo: Winger Nicklas Jensen is the top prospect for the Vancouver Canucks. Jensen was drafted 29th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

After coming up just short in the Stanley Cup Final in 2010-11, the Vancouver Canucks had another banner regular season, taking home the President's Trophy. However they were ousted in the first round of the playoffs this year by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. The price to pay for finishing near the top of the regular season standings is another draft pick right near the end of the first round, just like last year.

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Connauton, Jensen headline Canucks prospect awards

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Photo: Defenseman Kevin Connauton had a breakout season in 2011-12, managing 13 goals and 20 assists from the blue line. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

Finishing among the top teams in the NHL five of the last six years has taken a toll on the Vancouver Canucks prospect pool. Aside from having a perennially low draft spot, the organization has either traded or graduated most of their top prospects. Consequentially the Canucks inaugural prospect awards are dominated by mostly complementary and depth players, with winger Nicklas Jensen being the possible exception.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

by Ken McKenna
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Jarred Tinordi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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Nicklas Jensen new top prospect in Vancouver top-20

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Photo: Former first-round pick Jordan Schroeder has developed slow but steadily over the past two years in the AHL. The forward is expected to battle for spot in the NHL over the next two seasons. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)

The Canucks aren't blessed with an overly deep group of prospects, but there are a few players at the top of the list that have some good potential and upside, the most notable being Nicklas Jensen. There are a lot of project-type players in the system as well, many of whom have a lot of raw and untapped potential. The strength of the organization continues to remain in between the pipes, headlined by Eddie Lack.

1. (2) Nicklas Jensen, RW, 7.5C
Drafted, 1st round, 29th overall, 2011

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2012 World Championship: Jannik Hansen, Denmark

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Photo: Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is representing Denmark at the 2012 World Championship (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
 

Jannik Hansen has spent the better part of the last two seasons solidifying his role as a regular with the Vancouver Canucks. After having been in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, he’s now helping out Denmark at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm after a disappointing first round loss to the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s NHL playoffs.

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