Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Skill and size on forward and defense
  • Depth at all positions
  • Excellent goaltending pipeline
Weaknesses
  • Talent drops off quickly on the wings
  • Lack of high-end depth at defense

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. Eric Comrie Pro 8.0 D
2. Connor Hellebuyck Pro 7.5 C
3. Jamie Phillips NCAA 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Marko Dano Pro 7.5 B
2. Joel Armia Pro 7.0 C
3. Scott Kosmachuk Pro 7.0 D
4. Jimmy Lodge Pro 6.5 C
5. J.C. Lipon Pro 6.5 C
6. Austen Brassard Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brendan Lemieux CHL 7.0 C
2. Axel Blomqvist Pro 6.5 D
3. Clinston Franklin NCAA 6.5 D
4. Erik Foley NCAA 6.5 D
5. Matt Ustaski NCAA 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kyle Connor Pro 8.0 C
2. Nicolas Petan Pro 7.5 C
3. Jansen Harkins CHL 7.5 D
4. Jack Roslovic NCAA 7.0 C
5. Michael Spacek CHL 7.0 C
6. Chase De Leo Pro 7.0 D
7. Pavel Kraskovsky Europe 7.0 D
8. Ryan Olsen Pro 6.5 D
9. Mason Appleton NCAA 6.5 D
10. Matteo Gennaro CHL 6.0 C
11. Tanner Lane NCAA 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Josh Morrissey Pro 8.0 C
2. Jan Kostalek Pro 7.0 D
3. Sami Niku Europe 7.0 D
4. Nelson Nogier CHL 6.5 C
5. Brenden Kichton Pro 6.5 D
6. Julian Melchiori Pro 6.5 D
7. Jack Glover NCAA 6.5 D
8. Andrew MacWilliam Pro 6.0 C
9. Tucker Poolman NCAA 6.0 D
10. Marcus Karlstrom Junior 6.0 D

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