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

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

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. Chris Brown Pro 6.0 B
5. 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. Connor Carrick Pro 7.0 C
3. Jonas Siegenthaler Europe 7.0 C
4. Christian Djoos Pro 6.5 C
5. Tyler Lewington Pro 6.5 C
6. Connor Hobbs CHL 6.0 D
7. Colby Williams CHL 6.0 D

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Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

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Nathan Walker - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Nathan Walker continues to find a role in the Washington Capitals organization after being selected in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Walker spent the 2013-14 season with the Capitals organization prior to being drafted. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

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Anton Forsberg - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg received his first call-up to the parent Columbus Blue Jackets, a stint that included his first two NHL appearances (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Now that the 2014-15 AHL regular season is in full-swing, it’s a good time to check in on how those in the league’s Eastern Conference are responding to fast/slow starts. Solid goaltending is more prevalent in this month’s update than in November’s Notebook, but there was also some serious offensive numbers being put up by some talented defensemen. Read more»

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Filip Forsberg - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators rookie forward Flip Forsberg scored nine of his 12 goals in the month of November (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)


For the second straight month, two players dominated the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy monthly poll for the 2014-15 season. But this month’s top rookies – Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau – are not the same two rookies who were nearly unanimous choices for the first and second spots in our November poll. Read more»

Rockets’ Bowey goes from student to teacher

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Madison Bowey - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey is currently second in scoring among WHL defenders for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)


Much has been made over the past decade about the long line of National Hockey League defensemen with developmental roots that can be traced back to their junior days with the Kelowna Rockets. Call it a “factory” of sorts, one that appears to have another rearguard trending in the same direction as his predecessors. Read more»

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