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) 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)
Gabriel Fortier (LW) | Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL
Drafted 59th overall (second round) in 2018
Third in Baie-Comeau scoring with 41 points, Fortier extended his point streak to four games (2g-4a) in Saturday's 5-2 win over Victoriaville with an assist.
Alexey Lipanov (C) | Kitchener Rangers, OHL
Drafted 76th overall (third round) in 2017
Lipanov saw his five-game point streak come to an end on Sunday, registering three goals and three assists in that span.
Radim Salda (D) | Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL
Drafted 206th overall (seventh round) in 2018
Salda recorded three assists in Friday's 9-1 win over Shawinigan for 15 points through 19 games.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
Alex Green (D) | Cornell University, ECAC
Drafted 121st overall (fourth round) in 2018
Green has one assist in three games for Cornell this season and is currently out with an injury.
Cole Guttman (C) | University of Denver, NCHC
Drafted 180th overall (sixth round) in 2017
As a freshman, Guttman is fourth in scoring for the Pioneers with 11 points in 14 games and his seven goals are tied for second.
Cole Koepke (LW) | University of Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC
Drafted 183rd overall (sixth round) in 2018
Koepke has nine points through 16 games as a freshman, and both of his goals on the season have come as game-winners to tie for the team lead.
Ryan Lohin (C) | University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Hockey East
Drafted 208th overall (seventh round) in 2016
Captaining the River Hawks as a junior, Lohin currently leads his team in points (12) and goals (6) through 12 games.
Nick Perbix (D) | St. Cloud State University, NCHC
Drafted 169th overall (sixth round) in 2017
Perbix's nine points in 16 games has him third in defensemen scoring as a freshman.
Ty Taylor (G) | University of New Hampshire, Hockey East
Drafted 214th overall (seventh round) in 2018
As a freshman for the Wildcats, Taylor is 1-2-1 through five games with a .886 save percentage. He earned his first win of the season with 25 saves in a 3-2 win over Dartmouth on Dec. 7.
Sammy Walker (C) | University of Minnesota, Big Ten
Drafted 200th overall (seventh round) in 2017
Walker is third in scoring for the Gophers as a freshman with 10 points in 15 games.
Ryan Zuhlsdorf (D) | University of Minnesota, Big Ten
Drafted 150th overall (fifth round) in 2015
In his junior season, Zuhlsdorf has one assist through 12 games.
SYRACUSE CRUNCH REPORT
Points leader: Cory Conacher (28)
Goals leader: Andy Andreoff and Conacher tied with 11
Assists leader: Conacher and Carter Verhaeghe tied with 17
Connor Ingram is 8-4-0 with a .919 save percentage and four shutouts through 11 games. His four shutouts lead all AHL goaltenders.
Alex Barre-Boulet's seven power-play goals are tied for the league lead and his 21 points are third among all rookie skaters.