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, TampaBayLightning.com will provide statistical updates on key prospects throughout the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), the United States Hockey League (USHL), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and will highlight select players from the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (CHL)
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Through five games at the World Juniors, Katchouk has two goals and three assists. Canada will play the Czech Republic tomorrow (Jan. 4, 8pm ET, NHL Network) in the semifinals.
C Alexey Lipanov, Barrie Colts
Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017
Lipanov has been held off the scoresheet in his two games since the holiday break, but he still ranks fourth in Colts' scoring with 28 points in 33 games.
C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016
Through 32 games so far, Paquette has 10 goals and four assists.
RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Raddysh has continued to play on a line with Katchouk, and has two goals and three assists through Canada's five games.
Western Hockey League (WHL)
D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017
Through five games, Foote has added one assist and is a plus-5.
D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades
Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Hajek has six points (1G-5A) to lead all Czech defensemen and rank third in team scoring through five games. He also leads all tournament defensemen in scoring.
C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016
With three goals and three assists, Howden leads all Canada skaters through five games.
D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016
Sosunov is two off the team lead in scoring for defensemen with 17 points in 38 games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads
Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Somppi has points in three-straight games, and has recorded two points in each of those three games. To date, his 42 points in 31 games places him third in Mooseheads scoring. His five power-play goals is also tied for the team lead.
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE (USHL)
C Cole Guttman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Through 17 games this season, Guttman has 11 points for fifth overall in club scoring.
D Nick Perbix, Omaha Lancers
Drafted 169th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Perbix has 10 assists in 20 games to lead all Lancers defensemen in scoring.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)
Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016
Colton leads his team in both goals (11) and points (13) through 18 games in his sophomore season. His seven power-play goals is tied for the NCAA D-I lead.
F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Lohin is second in points (15) and leads with 10 assists through 19 games.
D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)
Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014
In his senior season on the Terriers' blueline, MacLeod has recorded one assist in seven games.
G Kris Oldham, U. of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015
Oldham is 1-1-1 with a 3.32 goals-against and a .892 save percentage.
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015
Zuhlsdorf has eight assists through 22 games so far this season for his Gophers.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE - SYRACUSE CRUNCH
The Crunch won all three of their games last week, including a 5-0 shutout on New Year's Eve behind a 29-save performance from Connor Ingram … They play a road back-to-back this weekend, Jan. 6 at Hartford (NYR) and Jan. 7 at Providence (Boston) … Dennis Yan, returning from injury, has five points (2G-3A) in his last three games … Carter Verhaeghe extended his point streak to 12 games (4G-11A) … Alexander Volkov leads the team with 10 goals … Matthew Peca leads the team with 19 assists and 26 points.