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Lightning Prospect Roundup: Bolts lead Team Canada

Five Lightning Prospects have led Team Canada into the quarterfinals at the World Junior Championship

by Kinsey Janke /

With an emphasis on drafting and developing, the Tampa Bay Lightning have created one of the strongest pipelines in the National Hockey League over the last few years. Each week, will provide statistical updates on key prospects throughout the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the National Collegiate Athletic Associaton (NCAA), and will highlight select players from the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.


Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

C Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa Generals

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Through four games at the 2017 World Junior Championship, Cirelli has two goals and an assist for Team Canada. They have advanced to the quarterfinals, and will face the Czech Republic tonight at 8 p.m. ET (NHL Network, TSN).

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk posted a four-point night for the Soo in their last game before the holiday break on Dec. 18, but has been scoreless in the three games since.

C Christopher Paquette, Niagara IceDogs

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette put up two assists in a 5-3 Niagara win over Barrie last Thursday, but has been held off the scoresheet in their last two games. Despite that, he still sits second in scoring on the IceDogs' roster with 29 points in 34 games.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Treating the World Juniors much like he's treated the OHL this season, Raddysh has five goals and one assist in four games for Team Canada so far, tying Russia's Kirill Kaprizov for the tournament lead in goals. With his four-goal game on Dec. 29 in a 10-2 Canada win over Latvia, Raddysh tied a Canadian WJC record, sitting in the same company as Brayden Schenn (2011), Simon Gagne (1999), and Mario Lemieux (1983).

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

After recording points in five-straight games (Dec. 18-30), Spencer saw that streak come to an end in the new year, going pointless in Peterborough's loss on Sunday. During the streak, he had two goals and five assists.

C Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw Spirit

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Out with a lower-body injury, Stephens has only been able to skate in two games for Team Canada at the WJC. He hasn't hit the scoresheet yet, but is hopeful to be back for the medal rounds.

RW Jonne Tammela, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Tammela scored in his OHL debut on Nov. 8, but has played in just one game since.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Cut from the Czech team for the WJC, Hajek added an assist in Saskatoon's 5-4 overtime loss to Swift Current on Sunday. He is second in Blades' defensemen scoring with 13 points in 33 games.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Recently signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bolts, Howden has points in 10 of his last 11 games since returning from injury, and is fifth in Moose Jaw scoring with 35 points in 24 games.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Through two games for Team Canada, Ingram has a 1-1-0 record with a 1.52 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage. He posted a shutout over Slovakia, but was in net for Canada's NYE loss to USA.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

With five goals in his last two games (including a hat trick on Dec. 30), Imama has kept pace near the top of Saint John's roster in scoring. The hat trick was his third this season and second in the month of December. He is playing at just below a point-per-game pace with 33 points in 34 games.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph, too, was just signed to a three-year, entry-level contract, and has two assists through four games for Team Canada.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi had an assist in Halifax's 6-3 loss to Cape Breton last Friday, and has 23 points in 30 games to tie for fifth in Mooseheads scoring.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Yan saw his six-game point streak come to an end on New Year's Eve, but continues to lead his club in scoring with 42 points. He had eight goals and seven assists during that streak.



F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

A freshman, Colton leads all Catamounts in scoring with 15 points (8G-7A) in 19 games.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin is eighth in scoring with 11 points in 20 games for the River Hawks as a freshman forward.

D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

In his junior season with the Terriers, MacLeod has four assists through 13 games to go along with a plus-3 rating and 14 shots from the blueline.

G Kris Oldham, U. of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

Through seven games, Oldham has a 4-2-1 record for UNO, with a 2.98 goals-against and a .903 save percentage.

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big-10)

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf has two goals and two assists through 17 games with the Gophers this season, and is a plus-5 with 11 shots on goal.


The Crunch scored four goals in 2:47 for a 7-5 NYE win over St. John's … Cory Conacher and Jeremy Morin each had two goals in the win, while Matt Taormina and Erik Condra each added a goal and two assists … Taormina leads the Crunch in scoring with 30 points in 26 games from the blueline.



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