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

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolaj Ehlers Pro 8.5 C
2. Brendan Lemieux CHL 7.0 C
3. Ivan Telegin Europe 7.0 D
4. Erik Foley NCAA 6.5 C
5. Axel Blomqvist Pro 6.5 D
6. Clinston Franklin NCAA 6.5 D
7. Matt Ustaski NCAA 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kyle Connor NCAA 8.0 C
2. Nicolas Petan Pro 7.5 C
3. Jansen Harkins CHL 7.5 D
4. Andrew Copp Pro 7.0 C
5. Jack Roslovic NCAA 7.0 C
6. Chase De Leo Pro 7.0 D
7. Pavel Kraskovsky Europe 7.0 D
8. Michael Spacek CHL 6.5 C
9. Ryan Olsen Pro 6.5 D
10. Mason Appleton NCAA 6.5 D
11. Matteo Gennaro CHL 6.0 C
12. 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. Jack Glover NCAA 6.5 C
5. Nelson Nogier CHL 6.5 C
6. Brenden Kichton Pro 6.5 D
7. Julian Melchiori Pro 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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The late-season playoff push in places like Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Florida — all teams that were not expected to be in the playoff hunt — pushed several rookies into the spotlight. While all but the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, the fact that all had key contributions from first-year players made for an interesting Calder Trophy selection the 2014-15 season. Read more»

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Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart tied for the scoring lead at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, posting 11 points in seven games for Team Canada (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

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Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev (L) posted a goal and three assists for Russia’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

As might be noticed in international competition, the center position is often an area that Russia has some trouble filling with younger prospects, as that country instead fills with veterans like Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin because of the apparent lack of production from younger, less established players. But recently, there have been some signs of trend inversion as there have been some centers drafted by NHL teams out of the KHL. Read more»

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Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey competed for Team Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

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