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Prospect roundup: Katchouk, OHL club playoff bound

The 2016 second-round pick helped the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds wrap up another playoff berth

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

Held scoreless on Sunday, Cirelli saw his six-game point streak end after posting five goals and six assists in that span. Four of those six games were multi-point efforts, and his 50 points on the year place him fifth in Otter scoring. Cirelli's two-point night on Saturday helped his club clinch a playoff berth in the 2017 OHL Playoffs.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk posted five points in the Soo's two weekend games to help the Greyhounds clinch their fifth-straight appearance in the playoffs. He has eight points (3G-5A) in his last five games and is second in Soo scoring with 49 points.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette has goals in back-to-back games for the Petes as they fight for a playoff spot in the OHL's Eastern Conference. He is sixth in scoring with 38 points.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Now with 10-straight games with a point, Raddysh had a four-point night on Saturday to help guide the Otters to their playoff berth. He was named First Star in a dominant 9-4 win over Saginaw, scoring two goals and adding two assists. He has 19 points (7G-12A) in his 10-game streak.

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer is third in Petes' defensemen scoring with 21 points in 45 games.

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Stephens is playoff bound with London, and has continued to surge with 16 points in 14 games since the move from Saginaw. He has a point in each of his last two games and is sixth in Knights scoring with 44 points.

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, sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek is second in Blades' defensemen scoring with 22 points in 48 games, and has assists in back-to-back games including a power-play helper in an OT win on Saturday night over Brandon.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden has been held off the scoresheet in his last two games for Moose Jaw, but is third in overall scoring with 60 points in 43 games so far this season.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram is 20-9-2-2 on the season for Kamloops to go along with a .932 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

After a fiery December and January, Imama has gone cold in February after starting the month with a two-point effort in a road win over Halifax. Nevertheless, he's fourth in Sea Dog scoring and still leads his team with 32 goals.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph's historic point streak ended at 28 games over the weekend, as Saint John fell 3-0 to Shawinigan on Saturday evening at home. During his streak, which set a Saint John franchise record, Joseph had 19 goals and 27 assists.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

After going eight straight games with a point, Somppi also saw his streak end this weekend at the hands of Shawinigan as his Mooseheads were blanked 1-0 at home. During his streak, Somppi recorded five goals and seven assists.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Yan has 11 points in his last 10 games, including goals in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday of last week. He leads Shawinigan with 61 points in 50 games.


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

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

Colton is tied for first on his team in goals (10), and leads in assists (14) and points (24) through 29 games as a freshman.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin is sixth in scoring with 20 points in 31 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 24 games to go along with a plus-7 rating and 26 shots from the blueline. He will compete in the 65th annual Beanpot title game tonight at 7:30 p.m. (NESN, TSN2) against Harvard University. The Terriers have won four of their past five Beanpot contests and are playing in the Beanpot title game for the third straight year.

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

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

Through nine starts, Oldham has a 5-3-1 record for UNO, with a 3.38 goals-against and a .895 save percentage.

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

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf has two goals and three assists through 27 games with the Gophers this season, and is a plus-12 with 22 shots on goal.


Returning to the lineup, Adam Erne has three goals in his last two games … Yanni Gourde leads the AHL with four shorthanded goals … Cory Conacher has 26 points in his last 19 games and is on a nine-game point streak … The Crunch have three wins in their last five.

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