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Prospect Roundup: Otto Somppi impresses for Halifax

Forward records 18 points in 13 games to start the QMJHL season

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 Association (NCAA), and will highlight select players from the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.


Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk went pointless in the first OHL game vs. Russia in this year's Canada/Russia Series, but will be wearing the C in tonight's rematch (7pm). When he returns to action with the Soo, he'll pick up on a six-game point streak dating back to Oct. 28 (5G-6A).

C Alexey Lipanov, Barrie Colts

Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017

Lipanov added two assists (one on the power play, one on the game-winner) in his first action with Team Russia at the Canada/Russia Series, their 5-2 win over Team OHL last Thursday.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette went pointless in this past weekend's games for the Petes, but is 10th in overall club scoring with 10 points in 16 games.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Raddysh opened the scoring for Team OHL during their game last Thursday, converting on a penalty shot in the first period. He is tied for first in Erie scoring (28 points) and leads his team in assists (19) and power-play assists (10).

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets

Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017

Through Team WHL's two games vs. Russia, Foote went pointless. He'll return to Kelowna leading all Rockets' defensemen in scoring with 17 points in 19 games.

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek went pointless in the Blades' 3-1 loss to Brandon on Saturday, ending his four-game point streak. His 12 points are good for fourth overall on the Saskatoon roster and he leads all Blades' defensemen.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden finished the Canada/Russia Series with a goal and an assist in the two Team WHL games, and will return to Moose Jaw on a five-game point streak (6G-5A) and fourth in Warriors scoring.

D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016

Sosunov added an assist in Moose Jaw's 3-1 win over Regina on Sunday, and is second in defensemen scoring with nine points.


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

His 18 points in 13 games has Somppi tied for third in Mooseheads' scoring with teammate Benoit-Olivier Groulx, who is the son of Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx. Somppi has amassed the 18 points in eight less games than Groulx.



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

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

Colton added a goal in this weekend's play vs. Boston College to up his team lead to eight on the season.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

With two goals vs. New Hampshire on Friday and another vs. Northeastern on Saturday, Lohin now has 14 points through 12 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 five games this season.

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

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

Oldham is 0-0-1 with a 3.52 goals-against and a .875 save percentage.

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf has five assists through 12 games so far this season for his Gophers.



Cory Conacher leads the Crunch in points (11), goals (6), and power-play goals (4) … Syracuse will look to rebound from a tough start to the month with three games on the road this week, including a back-to-back in Toronto vs. the Marlies.


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