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

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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 Europe 8.0 D
3. Philipp Grubauer Pro 7.0 D
4. Ed Pasquale Pro 6.0 C
5. Brandon Anderson Pro 5.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jakub Vrana Europe 8.0 D
2. Riley Barber NCAA 7.0 C
3. Austin Wuthrich NCAA 6.5 D
4. Garrett Mitchell Pro 6.0 C
5. 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 F
3. Chris Brown Pro 6.0 B
4. Zach Sanford NCAA 6.0 C
5. Nathan Walker Pro 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chandler Stephenson Pro 7.0 D
2. Thomas Di Pauli NCAA 6.5 D
3. Caleb Herbert Pro 6.5 D
4. Brian Pinho NCAA 6.5 D
5. Shane Gersich Junior 6.5 D
6. Steven Spinner Junior 6.5 D
7. Michael Latta Pro 6.0 B
8. Travis Boyd NCAA 6.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Madison Bowey CHL 8.0 C
2. Connor Carrick Pro 7.0 C
3. Nate Schmidt Pro 7.0 D
4. Christian Djoos Europe 6.5 C
5. Patrick Wey Pro 6.5 C
6. Tyler Lewington CHL 6.5 C
7. Jonas Siegenthaler Europe 6.5 C
8. Cameron Schilling Pro 6.5 D
9. Blake Heinrich CHL 6.0 C
10. Connor Hobbs CHL 6.0 D
11. Colby Williams CHL 6.0 D
12. Patrick Koudys NCAA 5.5 C

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