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, TampaBayLightning.com 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.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (CHL)
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Katchouk recorded five points (2g-3a) in the Soo's three games last weekend to extend his point streak to five games. He scored twice in their 4-3 win over Kitchener on Friday, including his 100th career goal in the OHL, all as a member of the Greyhounds. He was named First Star in the win.
C Alexey Lipanov, Sudbury Wolves
Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017
Lipanov added a goal and an assist over the weekend, earning Second Star in Friday's 4-1 loss to North Bay with the Wolves' lone goal. He sits third in Sudbury scoring with 36 points.
C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016
Paquette has 28 points in 58 games so far this season.
RW Taylor Raddysh, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
His point streak ended on Friday night, but Raddysh was right back on the scoresheet on Sunday with two assists in the Soo's 6-5 shootout loss to Owen Sound.
Western Hockey League (WHL)
D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017
Foote helped set up the game-winning power-play goal in Friday's 4-2 win over Kamloops, and continues to lead all Rockets' defensemen in scoring with 65 points.
D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016
Sosunov is fifth in Warriors defensemen scoring with 25 points in 68 games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
C Alex Barré-Boulet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Signed as a free agent to an entry-level contract in 2018
Barré-Boulet assisted on all four of the Armada's goals in their 4-3 win over Sherbrooke on Friday, with three of those coming as power-play assists to earn him Second Star. He has 113 points in 63 games so far to continue leading the QMJHL in scoring.
C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads
Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Somppi has cooled off a bit in March, but continues to lead his club in scoring with 80 points in 56 games.
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE (USHL)
C Cole Guttman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Through 17 games this season, Guttman recorded 11 points. Guttman is out the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery.
D Nick Perbix, Omaha Lancers
Drafted 169th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Perbix has goals in back-to-back games for the Lancers, earning Second Star with the lone goal in their loss to Chicago on Friday. He added this goal, unassisted, on Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Lincoln.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)
Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016
Colton continues to lead his Cats in goals (16) and points (23) through 36 games.
F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Through 36 games as a sophomore, Lohin paces his team with 25 points (9g-16a).
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 23 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 38 games so far this season for his Gophers.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE - SYRACUSE CRUNCH
Syracuse dropped their Friday game, 2-1, to Hershey (Washington), but split their home-and-home with Rochester (Buffalo) on Saturday and Sunday … Mathieu Joseph added to his team scoring lead with four goals in the three games, bumping his season totals up to 14 goals and 42 points … Gabriel Dumont recorded five assists in the three games … The Crunch are back on the road Wednesday at Binghamton (New Jersey) and Friday at Springfield (Florida) before returning home to face Laval (Montreal) on Saturday.