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), the United States Hockey League (USHL), 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)
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Katchouk has three assists in his last two games and sits in second place in Soo scoring with 78 points in 53 games.
C Alexey Lipanov, Sudbury Wolves
Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017
Lipanov is third in Sudbury scoring with 34 points in 49 games, and leads the Wolves with three shorthanded goals.
C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016
Paquette has 28 points in 57 games so far this season.
RW Taylor Raddysh, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Raddysh is streaking once again, riding a four-game point streak (2g-4a) to sit in third in Soo scoring with 77 points in 52 games.
Western Hockey League (WHL)
D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017
Foote needs five assists to tie his previous career high, set at 51 last season. He is fourth overall in Kelowna scoring as a defenseman with 63 points in 55 games.
D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016
Sosunov is tied for third in Warriors defensemen scoring with 24 points in 64 games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
C Alex Barré-Boulet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Signed as a free agent to an entry-level contract in 2018
Signed on March 1, Barré-Boulet leads the QMJHL in scoring with 109 points in 60 games. His previous career high in points was 89 in 2015-16 while playing for Drummondville. He also leads the Q in goals (51), assists (58), power-play goals (19), and game-winning goals (14).
C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads
Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Somppi finished the month of February with 19 points in 11 games, and continues to lead his club in scoring with 80 points.
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE (USHL)
C Cole Guttman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Through 17 games this season, Guttman recorded 11 points. Guttman is out the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery.
D Nick Perbix, Omaha Lancers
Drafted 169th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Perbix has 20 points in 42 games so far for the Lancers to lead all defensemen on his team.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)
Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016
Colton continues to lead his Cats in goals (16) and points (23) through 36 games.
F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Through 36 games as a sophomore, Lohin paces his team with 25 points (9g-16a).
D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)
Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014
In his senior season on the Terriers' blueline, MacLeod has three assists in 22 games.
G Kris Oldham, U. of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015
Oldham is 1-2-1 with a 4.12 goals-against and a .867 save percentage.
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015
Zuhlsdorf has nine assists through 38 games so far this season for his Gophers.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE - SYRACUSE CRUNCH
The Crunch have a three-in-three this weekend, starting Friday at home vs. Hershey (Washington) … They then host Rochester (Buffalo) on Saturday before traveling to Rochester on Sunday … Mathieu Joseph leads the team in scoring with 38 points and in assists with 28 … Mitchell Stephens leads with 18 goals.