Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Several prospects with high-end potential
  • Talented depth in goal
  • Surplus of role players
  • Shallow pool in terms of overall NHL potential.
  • Thin on defense and left wing

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ilya Samsonov Europe 8.0 C
2. Vitek Vanecek Pro 7.5 D
3. Philipp Grubauer Pro 7.0 D
4. Adam Carlson Pro 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jakub Vrana Pro 8.0 D
2. Riley Barber Pro 7.0 C
3. Garrett Mitchell Pro 6.0 C
4. Kevin Elgestal Europe 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Liam O'Brien Pro 6.5 B
2. Stanislav Galiev Pro 6.5 D
3. Zach Sanford NCAA 6.5 D
4. Nathan Walker Pro 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chandler Stephenson Pro 6.5 D
2. Thomas Di Pauli NCAA 6.5 D
3. Brian Pinho NCAA 6.5 D
4. Shane Gersich NCAA 6.5 D
5. Steven Spinner NCAA 6.5 D
6. Travis Boyd Pro 6.0 C
7. Caleb Herbert Pro 6.0 D
8. Tim McGauley CHL 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Madison Bowey Pro 8.0 C
2. Jonas Siegenthaler Europe 7.0 C
3. Christian Djoos Pro 6.5 C
4. Tyler Lewington Pro 6.5 C
5. Connor Hobbs CHL 6.0 D
6. Colby Williams CHL 6.0 D

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