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Lightning prospect roundup: Howden moves up Moose Jaw's leaderboard

The Lightning's 27th overall selection in the 2016 draft recorded three points in the Warriors' 6-0 win this weekend

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), 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.


Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

With a power-play goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Hamilton, Katchouk now has six points in his last four games for 66 points on the season. His 35 goals and eight power-play goals both lead the Greyhounds. Across the entire OHL, Katchouk is tied for second in goals, tied for first in shorthanded goals (5), tied for second in game-winners (7), and is second in plus/minus (plus-37).

C Alexey Lipanov, Sudbury Wolves
Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017

Lipanov is second in Sudbury scoring with 34 points in 46 games, and leads the Wolves with three shorthanded goals.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette recorded two assists in Peterborough's 7-5 loss to Oshawa on Sunday for four points in last four games, pushing his season total to 24 points in 49 games.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Raddysh opened the scoring in Saturday's 6-2 win over his former club in Erie, and was named Third Star. He has 20 points in 14 games since being traded.

Western Hockey League (WHL)
D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017

Foote added a goal and a power-play assist and was named Second Star in Kelowna's 4-3 overtime loss to Victoria on Saturday. As a defenseman, he is fifth among all Rockets skaters with 50 points and leads the team's blueliners. Foote has three goals and two assists in his last four games, and with 14 goals on the season has set a career high. He is seven points from tying his previous career high of 57.

D Libor Hajek, Regina Pats
Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek opened the scoring and then recorded the primary assist on the game-winning power play goal to earn Second Star in Regina's 4-2 win over Lethbridge on Saturday night. His 32 points puts him in third among Pats defensemen.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden helped his Warriors to a 6-0 blanking of Kootenay on Saturday night, adding two goals (one on the power play) and an assist. With the three points, Howden moved into ninth all-time in Moose Jaw franchise scoring with 241 points in 230 games.

D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016

Sosunov is fourth in Warriors defensemen scoring with 22 points in 53 games.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads
Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi did this on Sunday night, scoring twice to extend his point streak to five games (3g-5a) and continue to lead the Mooseheads in scoring with 68 points in 47 games. In his third QMJHL season, he has now set career highs in goals (21), assists (47), and points, and has 155 points in 166 career games with Halifax.


C Cole Guttman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2017

Through 17 games this season, Guttman has 11 points. Guttman is currently out with an injury.

D Nick Perbix, Omaha Lancers
Drafted 169th overall (6th Round) in 2017

Perbix has 17 points in 35 games so far for the Lancers to lead all defensemen on his team.


F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)
Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

Colton continues to lead his Cats in goals (14) and points (20) through 29 games.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Through 30 games, Lohin paces his team with 23 points (8g-15a).

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 17 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 32 games so far this season for his Gophers.

Syracuse is on the road this week, playing Utica (Vancouver) on Wednesday, and then a back-to-back with Charlotte (Carolina) on Saturday and Sunday … Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph pace the Crunch in scoring with 33 points … Mitchell Stephens leads with 17 goals … Joseph leads with 24 assists … Stephens and Dominik Masin each recorded 1g-1a in Sunday's 3-2 win over Bridgeport (NYI).


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