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Prospect roundup: Cirelli solid in return to OHL

After taking home silver with Team Canada at the 2017 WJC, Anthony Cirelli assisted on a winning goal Sunday in his first game back.

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 Associaton (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

Taking home silver with Team Canada, Cirelli posted three goals and four assists in seven games at the 2017 World Junior Championship. In his first game back with the Oshawa Generals since the tournament, he added a power-play assist on the game-winning goal and Second Star honors in a 4-1 win for the Gens on Sunday. Cirelli was traded from Oshawa to the Erie Otters on Monday.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

After going pointless in three games, Katchouk has four points (3G-1A) in his last three games for the Soo, and is tied for fourth in overall club scoring.

C Christopher Paquette, Niagara IceDogs

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette is third in IceDogs scoring with 29 points in 37 games, but has gone cold recently, being held pointless in his last five games.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Raddysh helped lead Canada to silver with five goals and an assist in seven games at the WJC, and tied Carolina Hurricanes' prospect Julien Gauthier for the team lead in goals.

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer is second in Petes' defensemen scoring, and added an assist in their 4-3 loss to Niagara last Friday.

C Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw Spirit

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Cut to just five games due to injury, Stephens posted two goals and three assists for Canada at the WJC.

RW Jonne Tammela, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Tammela scored in his OHL debut on Nov. 8, but has played in just one game since.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek added two goals in a win for the Blades over Brandon last Tuesday to give him First Star honors and 15 points on the season from the blueline.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden is currently riding a five-game point streak dating back to Dec. 31, and has three goals and seven assists in that span. He is fifth in Moose Jaw scoring with 44 points in 28 games.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram went 2-1-0 for Team Canada, with a 2.57 goals-against and a .833 save percentage.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

Continuing to creep closer to the top of Saint John's scoring, Imama has two goals and an assist in his last three games. He earned Third Star honors last Friday in a 5-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst, and scored the game-winning goal and First Star honors in a 2-1 win over Halifax on Sunday. His 27 goals paces all Sea Dogs skaters.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph had a goal and four assists for Team Canada at the WJC, and will return to action with Saint John on an 18-game point streak that dates back to Oct. 26.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi has 24 points in 34 games for the Mooseheads, and added a goal and Second Star honors in their 4-1 win over Saint John on Saturday.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Three games into the new year, Yan has four goals and four assists to kick off another point streak (3 GP). He continues to lead Shawinigan in points (50) and goals (28) through 35 games.


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

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

A freshman, Colton leads all Catamounts in scoring with 15 points (8G-7A) in 21 games.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin is eighth in scoring with 11 points in 22 games for the River Hawks as a freshman forward.

D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

In his junior season with the Terriers, MacLeod has four assists through 15 games to go along with a plus-4 rating and 18 shots from the blueline.

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

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

Through seven games, Oldham has a 4-2-1 record for UNO, with a 3.34 goals-against and a .893 save percentage.

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

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf has two goals and two assists through 17 games with the Gophers this season, and is a plus-5 with 11 shots on goal.


The Crunch have power-play goals in four-straight games … Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond skated in his 600th career professional game on Saturday night … Matt Taormina continues to lead the club in scoring with 32 points in 28 games.


"Dennis is having a great season. He worked hard this summer getting stronger and more powerful which has helped his all-around game. He's winning battles, going to the net more, and playing a reliable 200-foot game. It looks like Shawinigan has a good team that should make a strong playoff run with Dennis playing a big role." -- Lightning Director of Player Development Stacy Roest on Dennis Yan.

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