Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Lots of size on forward and defense
  • Depth at all positions
Weaknesses
  • Elite wingers
  • Dropoff in talent at most positions
  • No high-end goaltending prospects

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. Connor Hellebuyck Pro 7.5 D
2. Eric Comrie CHL 7.5 D
3. Michael Hutchinson Pro 7.0 D
4. Jamie Phillips NCAA 6.5 D
5. Juho Olkinuora Pro 6.5 D
6. Jason Kasdorf NCAA 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tomas Kubalik Pro 6.5 C
2. Scott Kosmachuk CHL 6.5 C
3. Austen Brassard CHL 6.5 C
4. Axel Blomqvist CHL 6.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolaj Ehlers CHL 8.0 C
2. Adam Lowry Pro 7.0 C
3. Ivan Telegin Pro 7.0 D
4. Carl Klingberg Pro 6.5 C
5. Clinston Franklin Junior 6.0 D
6. Matt Ustaski Junior 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicolas Petan CHL 7.5 D
2. Jimmy Lodge CHL 7.0 C
3. Chase De Leo CHL 7.0 D
4. Pavel Kraskovsky Europe 7.0 D
5. Eric O'Dell Pro 6.5 C
6. Patrice Cormier Pro 6.5 C
7. J.C. Lipon CHL 6.5 C
8. Andrew Copp NCAA 6.5 C
9. Ryan Olsen CHL 6.5 D
10. John Albert Pro 6.0 D
11. Tanner Lane NCAA 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Josh Morrissey CHL 7.5 C
2. Jack Glover Junior 7.0 C
3. Brenden Kichton CHL 7.0 D
4. Nelson Nogier CHL 6.5 C
5. Ben Chiarot Pro 6.5 D
6. Peter Stoykewych NCAA 6.5 D
7. Julian Melchiori Pro 6.5 D
8. Jan Kostalek CHL 6.5 D
9. Brennan Serville NCAA 6.0 C
10. Aaron Harstad NCAA 6.0 D
11. Tucker Poolman Junior 6.0 D
12. Marcus Karlstrom Europe 6.0 D

Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year, 2013

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Yevgeni Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov is widely considered to be the top young hockey player not playing in North America. Kuznetsov is currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

With every regular season in hockey finished, it is once again time to select the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Year. Though there were many fantastic performances outside of the NHL, none were quite as good as Yevgeni Kuznetsov (WAS), who this season further cemented himself as the best hockey player not currently in North America.

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Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets system has contributed to NHL playoff push

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Cam Atkinson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Cam Atkinson is one of several Blue Jackets prospects who has seen regular time in the lineup for Columbus during the 2013 NHL season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

Welcome to the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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2013 Frozen Four: Jordan Samuels-Thomas having dream season with Quinnipiac

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Jordan Samuels-Thomas - Bowling Green State University

Photo: Forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas played two seasons at Bowling Green before transferring to Quinnipiac, which will match up against St. Cloud State in the second semi-final game at the Frozen Four (courtesy of Rick Osentoski/Icon SMI)

 
For Quinnipiac forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas (WPG), two years can make a world of difference.

"I remember this time two years ago sitting in my dorm room at [Bowling Green]," said Samuels-Thomas, just a day before his team would play St. Cloud State University in the semi-final match of the Frozen Four.

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2013 Frozen Four: Hellebuyck learning well from goaltending mentors

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Connor Hellebuyck - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck has been a driving force in the River Hawks second half surge to the 2013 Frozen Four (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

UMass Lowell freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) has been a big reason behind the River Hawks’ successful run into the Frozen Four. He currently leads the nation in several categories, including goals-against average (1.31) and save percentage (.953). His six shutouts are also tied for the most nationally.

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Hellebuyck makes easy adjustment to NCAA hockey

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Connor Hellebuyck - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: UMass Lowell freshman goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck has been impressive in his first season of Division 1 hockey (courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics)

Not many goalies have a lot of success during their freshman season in Hockey East, but UMass Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck has dominated college hockey so far this season.

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