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Lightning prospect roundup: Yan leads Shawinigan

The 2015 third-round selection leads his club with 30 goals and 52 points in 42 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 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

Cirelli posted assists in back-to-back games for the Otters this past weekend, helping them to wins over Sarnia and Flint for five wins in their last six games.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Adding an assist in a loss to Sarnia on Saturday, Katchouk has eight points in his last nine games.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette has been held off the scoresheet in his last two games, but is seventh in scoring for the Petes with 31 points in 42 games.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Raddysh added two assists in a win over Sarnia on Friday, and a power-play goal in a win over Flint on Saturday to give him 71 points on the season. He leads his Otters club in assists (44), is second in goals (27), and first in plus/minus (+42).

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer is third in Petes' defensemen scoring with 21 points in 36 games.

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

In six games since the trade to London, Stephens has posted five points, including points in his last three-straight games. He added a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win over Ottawa on Friday for Third Star honors, and recorded an assist in the Knights' 11-2 thumping of Niagara on Sunday.

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

Continuing a prosperous January, Hajek has assists in five-straight games for the Blades and is three points off the team lead for defensemen scoring.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

After seeing his seven-game point streak end last week, Howden got right back at it with points in his last three games, including goals in back-to-back games. Both goals came on the power play, and his tally on Friday was the game-winner for Moose Jaw.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram has posted three-straight wins since returning from the WJC, and moves to 17-9-1 on the season for Kamloops to go along with a .932 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

Imama was named First Star in Saint John's 5-3 win on Saturday with a two-goal effort (both power play goals). He continues to lead his team in goals (29) and is fourth in scoring (40 points).

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

With goals in back-to-back wins for the Sea Dogs this weekend, Joseph extended his point streak to 23 games, setting a Saint John franchise record. He was named First Star in Friday's win as the lone goal-scorer.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi added an assist in a 7-4 loss to Baie-Comeau on Friday, and sits eighth in Mooseheads scoring with 26 points in 40 games.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Yan went pointless on Sunday night, but has five points in his last three games after two multi-point efforts last week. He registered a power-play goal, a power-play assist, and set up the game-winning goal for Shawinigan on Wednesday over Drummondville, and then scored the game-winning goal over Blainville-Boisbriand and added an assist on Friday. He leads his club in goals (30) and points (52) in 42 games.


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

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

Colton continues to have a breakout season as a freshman forward on the Catamounts roster. He leads his team in goals (9), assists (13), and points (22) through 24 games. He is the only freshman in the dominant Hockey East to lead his team in scoring.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin is seventh in scoring with 14 points in 25 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 19 games to go along with a plus-5 rating and 21 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 5-2-1 record for UNO, with a 3.18 goals-against and a .897 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 21 games with the Gophers this season, and is a plus-8 with 17 shots on goal.


The Crunch dropped a 4-0 decision to Utica on Saturday … The Crunch were shutout at home for the first time since Dec. 19, 2015.

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