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Prospect roundup: Katchouk starts postseason on fire

The 2016 second-round pick leads the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in playoff scoring

by Kinsey Janke /

Bolts in the Making

Check in on the Crunch's playoff push

In this edition of Bolts in the Making presented by Florida Hospital, the Syracuse Crunch are making a push towards the playoffs

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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. Sarnia Sting - Erie leads 3-0

Next game: Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters

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

Cernak has added a goal and two assists through the three games so far.

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Cirelli has three goals and two assists for the Otters, including two power-play goals and what was eventually the game-winner in a decisive 9-3 win in Game 2.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

With an assist on all three game-winners so far, Raddysh got off to his normal ways in the series and now has six points in three games.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. Flint Firebirds - Soo leads 2-1

Next game: Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk leads his club in playoff scoring with five points in three games. He was named Third Star in Games 1 and 2, and had a shorthanded tally in the Greyhounds' Game 2 loss.

London Knights vs. Windsor Spitfires - Series tied 1-1

Next game: Tonight at 7:05 p.m.

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Stephens has a goal in each game for the Knights, including the power-play game-winner in Game 2 to earn First Star honors.

Peterborough Petes vs. Niagara IceDogs - Peterborough leads 2-0

Next game: Tonight at 7 p.m.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Up against his old club in Niagara, Paquette has one assist so far in the series.

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer has a goal and an assist for his Petes two games in.


Moose Jaw Warriors vs. Swift Current Broncos - Series tied 1-1

Next game: Tonight at 9 p.m.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Through two games, Howden has not yet factored onto the scoresheet.

Kamloops Blazers vs. Kelowna Rockets - Kelowna leads 2-0

Next game: Tonight at 10 p.m.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram has been in net for both games for the Blazers, allowing seven goals on 85 shots.


Halifax Mooseheads vs. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - Series tied 1-1

Next game: Tonight at 6 p.m.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi re-injured his shoulder at the close of the regular season and has not played for Halifax in the postseason. He's likely to return to the Halifax lineup on Tuesday night. 

Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Rimouski Océanic - 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

Imama didn't hit the scoresheet in Game 1, but he added a goal and an assist in Saint John's Game 2 win.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph had the opening goal and a shorthanded goal in Saint John's Game 1, and then scored his third of the postseason in Game 2 to earn Third Star honors.

Shawinigan Cataractes vs. Val-d'Or Foreurs - Series tied 1-1

Next game: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Lohin had one assist through three games vs. New Hampshire in the Hockey East quarterfinals, a goal and two assists in the semifinal vs. Notre Dame, and followed that up with two goals and an assist in two games of the NCAA tournament. His River Hawks fell to Notre Dame in the Northeast Regional final, falling one game short of a Frozen Four bid.


D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

The Terriers reached the NCAA tournament's quarterfinals, but fell 3-2 to Minnesota-Duluth. MacLeod did not reach the scoresheet during the tournament.

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

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Minnesota fell in the first round of the tournament to Notre Dame, and Zuhlsdorf did not point in their game.


The Crunch picked up one win in their weekend three-in-three, a 5-1 win over Utica … Cory Conacher is seventh in AHL scoring with 56 points … Byron Froese's 27 goals pace the Crunch … Newly-signed Libor Hajek (2016 draft pick) made his professional debut with the Crunch on March 24.

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