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
Through 27 games this season, Fortier sits third in Baie-Comeau scoring with 35 points and leads his team with 23 assists. He has posted nine multi-point games and has had three point streaks of five or more games, most recently coming off of a six-game point streak from Nov. 9-24 that saw him post four goals and eight assists.
Alexey Lipanov (C) | Kitchener Rangers, OHL
Drafted 76th overall (third round) in 2017
After being traded from Sudbury to Kitchener in October, Lipanov has nine points (5g-4a) through 20 games for the Rangers.
Radim Salda (D) | Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL
Drafted 206th overall (seventh round) in 2018
Salda is ninth in overall scoring and second in defensemen scoring for Rimouski with 12 points in 14 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 currently tied for fourth in scoring for the Pioneers with 11 points in 12 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 seven points through 12 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 (11) and goals (6) through 10 games and has pointed in all but three of those games.
Nick Perbix (D) | St. Cloud State University, NCHC
Drafted 169th overall (sixth round) in 2017
Perbix's six points in 12 games has him second 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 0-2-1 through four games with a .874 save percentage.
Sammy Walker (C) | University of Minnesota, Big Ten
Drafted 200th overall (seventh round) in 2017
Walker is second in scoring for the Gophers as a freshman with eight points in 11 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 eight games.
SYRACUSE CRUNCH REPORT
Points leader: Cory Conacher (25, leads the entire AHL in scoring)
Goals leader: Andy Andreoff and Conacher tied with nine
Assists leader: Conacher (16)
Connor Ingram is 7-3-0 with a .918 save percentage and three shutouts and was named the AHL's Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 25.