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

Atlanta Thrashers 2000 Draft Preview

by Greg Andrade
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After an abysmal inaugural season in the NHL and a mediocre draft last year, the Atlanta Thrashers will look to build more organizational depth and acquire desperately needed talent at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft this weekend. The decisions made by general manager Don Waddell and the Atlanta scouting staff on Saturday and Sunday will be critical to the future health of the franchise. With very little talent on the current NHL roster and very few legitimate prospects on the way, the Thrashers must use every pick wisely.

It all starts with the second overall selection this weekend. Atlanta has many options available and its selection will likely depend on what happens with the first overall pick. The New York Islanders currently own that pick, but may trade it or swap picks with another team. If that happens, it can impact what the Thrashers plan to do.

Atlanta is perhaps most interested in Dany Heatley, the top rated North American player in the draft. Many scouts believe he is ready to step into the NHL immediately and the Thrashers could definitely use his dynamic offensive ability. The only potential problem is that Atlanta already has two excellent left wing prospects in Tomi Kallio and Zdenek Blatny. Still, there have been consistent rumors around Atlanta that Heatley is the team’s first choice. But nothing is certain at this point and Heatley might not be available if he is taken with the first pick.
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Atlanta Draft Preview: Rome Was Not Built in a Day

by pbadmin
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No this old adage was not referring to Rome Georgia, but the expansion team Atlanta Thrashers could benefit from this saying and hopefully some luck. The Thrashers would like to be able to draft a future star player and maybe have something to build their marketing around in the media Mecca of the south. This could be a possibility as this years draft assuredly contains 4 or 5 players of great potential.

The Thrashers draft 2nd and with this pick in any draft you are reactionary to the what the team picking first does. Atlanta’s GM Don Waddell seems to be very interested in Sweden’s 6’1″ Left Wing Daniel Sedin. When asked if he thought the Sedin twins would not do as well if they were split apart, Waddell answered that they should both be stars on their own and keeping them together may not be realistic. Waddell also stated that his scouting staff have seen the Sedin twins about 20 times. Pavel Brendl would also be of interest to Atlanta but the feeling seems to be that Tampa will use the first selection to draft him. When asked about Patrick Stefan, Waddell without hesitation expressed doubt about Stefan’s long term health due to multiple concussions. “The team that drafts Stefan must be satisfied through medical tests that Stefan is able to continue to play in the NHL at a high level”.
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Atlanta Thrashers Expansion Draft Preview…

by pbadmin
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On June the 25th, the Atlanta Thrashers will load their team with one player of each NHL’s team except for Nashville Predators.

The rules of the expansion draft are simple: Atlanta must draft 3 goalies, 8 defensemen and 13 forwards. They cannot draft more than 6 free agents.

According to the rules the NHL’s teams a) cannot lose a goalie if Nashville drafted one last year, b) can protect one goalie five defensemen and nine fowards exposing one exeperienced d-man and two experienced forwards (under contract for 99-00 with 40 game experience in 98-99 or 70 game experience in the last two years), or c) can protect two goalies, three defensemen and seven fowards .

The best strategy for the Thrashers is:
1. pick the best player available from each team
2. pile up the maximum goalies (5).
3. take players in their prime (25-29 year old)
4. use their 3rd, 4th, and 5th pick in the entry draft to select older European players
5. sign one or two free-agent
6. sign minor league free agent or players with independant teams.

Here is some of the players that will be made available by the NHL’s teams and my pick for each team.

Anaheim ( Anaheim cannot lose a goalie because of Shtalenkov).
Players likely available: Dan Trebil d, Pascal Trépanier d, Pavel Tmka d, Frank Banham f, Stuart Grimson f, Peter Lebouthillier f, Mike Leclerc f, Tomas Sandstrom f, Read more»