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
Fortier extended his point streak to five games in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicoutimi, adding an assist on Drakkar's first goal of the game. He has 10 points (4g-6a) in that span, including a 2g-2a game on New Year's Eve and a 1g-2a game on Jan. 4, and is third in Baie-Comeau scoring at 52 points.
Alexey Lipanov (C) | Kitchener Rangers, OHL
Drafted 76th overall (third round) in 2017
With three assists and First Star honors in their win over Owen Sound last week, Lipanov moves to 17 points on the season to sit seventh in Kitchener scoring.
Radim Salda (D) | Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL
Drafted 206th overall (seventh round) in 2018
Salda was named to the Czech's World Juniors team for the second-straight year, but did not record any points in the tournament.
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 15 points in 18 games and his nine goals are tied for second.
Cole Koepke (LW) | University of Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC
Drafted 183rd overall (sixth round) in 2018
Koepke has 10 points through 18 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 (13) and goals (6) through 14 games.
Nick Perbix (D) | St. Cloud State University, NCHC
Drafted 169th overall (sixth round) in 2017
Perbix's 10 points in 18 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 .863 save percentage.
Sammy Walker (C) | University of Minnesota, Big Ten
Drafted 200th overall (seventh round) in 2017
Walker is fourth in scoring for the Gophers as a freshman with 11 points in 19 games.
Ryan Zuhlsdorf (D) | University of Minnesota, Big Ten
Drafted 150th overall (fifth round) in 2015
In his junior season, Zuhlsdorf has two assists through 16 games.
SYRACUSE CRUNCH REPORT
Points leader: Carter Verhaeghe (40)
Goals leader: Alex Barre-Boulet (16)
Assists leader: Verhaeghe (25)
Connor Ingram is 9-5-0 with a .920 save percentage and four shutouts through 14 games. Eddie Pasquale is 12-5-2 with a .907 save percentage through 19 games.
Alex Barre-Boulet's 11 power-play goals are tied for the lead among all AHL skaters, and his 33 points are second among all AHL rookies.