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Prospect roundup: Katchouk leading way for the Soo

The Lightning's 2016 second-round pick has at least one point in all eight playoff games

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.


Erie Otters vs. London Knights - Series tied 1-1 

Next game: Tonight at 7 p.m. 

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters 

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

Cernak added an assist in Game 2 of the series for five points in six playoff games thus far, good for second in defensive scoring on the Otters roster. 

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters 

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015 

Cirelli, too, added an assist in Game 2's 5-1 win. He's fifth in club scoring with seven points in six games. 

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters 

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016 

With 14 points, Raddysh leads his team in scoring. He earned Second Star honors in Game 2 after posting a three-point effort. His goal and one of his two assists both came on the power play. 

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights 

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015 

Stephens is sixth in overall London scoring, but leads the Knights with five goals. He registered the game-winning goal in their Game 1 win, a 2-0 shutout. 

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. Owen Sound Attack - Soo leads 2-1 

Next game: Tonight at 7 p.m. 

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016 

Katchouk leads the Soo in scoring (11 points) and goals (6) and is tied for first with five assists. He has at least one point in all eight of the Greyhounds' playoff games so far, and has three multi-point games. He scored the lone goal in their Game 3 loss on Sunday. 

Peterborough Petes vs. Kingston Frontenacs - Peterborough leads 2-0 

Next game: Tonight at 7 p.m. 

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes 

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016 

Paquette has two goals and an assist through two games in the second round, and was named First Star in their 4-1 Game 2 win on Sunday night with a power-play goal and an assist on the game-winning goal. 

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes 

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015 

Spencer is tied for the team lead in defensemen scoring with six points, and had the secondary assist on Paquette's Game 2 goal. 


Moose Jaw Warriors vs. Swift Current Broncos - Swift Current won 4-3 

Next game: Eliminated 

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors 

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016 

Howden finished the first round with two goals and an assist in seven games, and has joined the Syracuse Crunch for their Calder Cup Playoff push. 


Halifax Mooseheads vs. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - Rouyn-Noranda won 4-2 

Next game: Eliminated 

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads 

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016 

Somppi played four games in the series after returning from injury, and posted one assist. 

Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Val-d'Or Foreurs - Saint John leads 2-0 

Next game: Tonight at 7:30 p.m. 

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015 

Though he's yet to point in their second round series, Imama's five points from round one are still good for fifth in Sea Dogs scoring. 

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015 

With 11 points, Joseph leads his club in scoring and had a two-point performance in their Game 2 win on Saturday. 


The Crunch have clinched their berth to the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs and have three more regular season games to go … Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, and Dennis Yan have all made their professional debuts with the Crunch after being reassigned when their junior seasons ended … Both Hajek and Howden have scored their first pro goals while with the Crunch … Matt Taormina was recently awarded the AHL's Eddie Shore Award, given annually to the league's outstanding defenseman.

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