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Prospect roundup: Cirelli caps regular season strong

The Lightning's 2015 third-round pick finished Erie's regular season with a three-point game

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)

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Cirelli capped off the 2016-17 regular season with a three-point game, named Second Star in Erie's 5-2 win over Guelph on Saturday. He finished his third OHL season with 64 points in 51 games (25G-39A) split between Oshawa and Erie, and was fourth in overall Erie scoring. Cirelli and the Otters open their first-round series against Sarnia at home on Thursday, March 23.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk finished third overall in scoring for the Soo with 64 points in 66 games (35G-29A), and was second overall in goals. He also led the entire OHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Greyhounds open their first-round series against Flint at home on Thursday, March 23.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Splitting his 2016-17 season between Niagara and Peterborough, Paquette finished seventh in Petes scoring 48 points in 66 games (19G-29A). Peterborough opens at home against Paquette's former club Niagara on Thursday, March 23.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Raddysh hit the 100-point mark for the first time in his OHL career this season, finishing second in Erie scoring with 108 points in 58 games (42G-66A) and leading his club in assists. He added a goal and an assist in Erie's win to close out the regular season. Raddysh also finished second overall in OHL scoring, led the league in assists and plus/minus (plus-67).

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters

Drafted 43rd overall (2nd Round) by LAK in 2015

Cernak finished his season with 21 points in 50 games from the blueline for Erie. In his second OHL season, he posted career highs in assists (18) and points.

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer completed his fourth OHL season third in Petes' defensemen scoring with 29 points in 60 games. With seven goals, he set an OHL career high.

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Wrapping up his fourth OHL season, Stephens finished at over a point-per-game pace with 53 points in 51 games split between Saginaw and London. His 22 goals tied an OHL career high, and he set a new career high in assists (31) and points. His Knights open their first-round series at home against Windsor on Friday, March 24.

RW Jonne Tammela, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Tammela scored in his OHL debut on Nov. 8, but played in just one game after, sidelined for the season with a lower-body injury.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek finished his second WHL season with 26 points in 65 games, good for eighth overall in Blades scoring and second in defensemen scoring. Saskatoon finished their season with 65 points, five points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Though he missed a month due to injury, Howden still finished third overall in Moose Jaw scoring for 2016-17 with 81 points in 58 games (38G-43A). The Warriors open at home against Swift Current on Friday, March 24.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram posted a 26-14-2-2 record to end his 2016-17 season, along with a .927 save percentage, a 2.44 goals-against average, and five shutouts in 45 games. He ranked second among all WHL goaltenders in save percentage, goals-against, and shutouts. Kamloops opens on the road on Friday, March 24 against Kelowna.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

In his fifth QMJHL season, Imama posted his best-ever year offensively with 41 goals to lead Saint John and 55 points overall in 66 games. He had three goals in his last two games of the season, including two power play markers in a 6-3 loss to Charlottetown last Friday, and the game-winner in Saturday's victory over Halifax. The Sea Dogs will open at home on Friday, March 24 against Rimouski.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph finished second overall in Saint John scoring with 80 points in 54 games (36G-44A), and made franchise history with his 28-game point streak that lasted from Oct. 26 to Feb. 10. In that span, he amassed 19 goals and 27 assists. He also set career highs in goals, assists, and points this season.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi finished his second QMJHL campaign fifth in scoring for the Mooseheads with 41 points in 60 games and set a new career high with 17 goals. Halifax will open their first-round series on the road this Friday, March 24 against Rouyn-Noranda.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Yan recorded four points in his final two games this season, and finished the year leading his club in scoring with 75 points in 64 games (46G-29A). He led Shawinigan in goals and power-play goals (12). They open at home against Val-d'Or on Friday, March 24.


F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin's River Hawks were crowned Hockey East champions on Saturday, knocking off Boston College 4-3. They face off against Cornell University on Saturday, March 25 in the NCAA's Northeast Regional Semifinal.

D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

MacLeod's Terriers will go up against North Dakota on Friday, March 24 in their West Regional game. If they win, they will face the winner of Minnesota-Duluth/Ohio State on Saturday the 25th.

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big-10)

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

The Gophers will play Notre Dame on Saturday, March 25 in the Northeast Regional Semifinal.


The Crunch have won two of their last three to stay atop the North Division … Matt Taormina leads all AHL defensemen in scoring with 53 points and is eighth overall in the league for scoring … Cory Conacher is 12th overall in AHL scoring with 52 points.

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