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Lightning prospect roundup: Katchouk off to a hot start

The Lightning's second round pick from 2016 has averaged a goal per game so far this season

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 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

Eighteen games into his fourth season in the Soo, Katchouk has posted 18 goals and 26 points to lead his club in scoring. He is tied for the league lead in goals and paces all OHL skaters with six game-winning goals. Seven of his 18 games thus far have seen him post multi-point efforts, including a five-point night en route to a 5-4 overtime win over Sudbury on Nov. 1 that saw Katchouk score the game-tying goal and the OT game-winner. Katchouk was named to Team OHL for the 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series.

C Alexey Lipanov, Barrie Colts

Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017

In his first season in the OHL and first season after being drafted this past summer, Lipanov is second in Colts scoring with six goals and 16 points through 16 games. Lipanov was named to Team Russia for the 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette is ninth in overall Petes scoring with 10 points, scoring three goals (1 PPG, 1 SHG, 1 OTGWG) this past weekend as Peterborough split their two games. He has four goals in his last four games.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Picking up where he left off last season, Raddysh leads his Erie club in points (26) and assists (18). The Otters' overtime loss to Windsor on Saturday was the first game since Oct. 7 that saw Raddysh held off the scoresheet (20 points in 11 games in that streak). He has recorded at least a point in 14 of his 17 games so far, and 10 of this 14 have seen him post two or more points. Raddysh was named to Team OHL for the 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets

Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017

With 15 points through 17 games, Foote leads all Kelowna defensemen in scoring and is fifth in overall team scoring. He added three points in the Rockets' weekend games, including a two-point effort (1G-1A) in their 4-2 win over Victoria last Friday night, earning him Second Star. Foote was named to Team WHL for the 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series.

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek's 11 points in 16 games leads all Blades defensemen and is good for fourth in team scoring. With a goal, an assist, and Third Star honors in Saskatoon's 3-2 win over Edmonton last Friday, Hajek is now riding a three-game point streak.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Captaining his Moose Jaw team this season, Howden is tied for second in club scoring with 23 points. He is currently on a five-game point streak dating back to Oct. 24, and has posted six goals and five assists in that span. Howden was named to Team WHL for the 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series, and will wear the A.

D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016

Drafted summer of 2016, Sosunov is in his first year of North American hockey with Moose Jaw. To date, he's put up eight points in 17 games to rank second in defensemen scoring for the Warriors. The 6-foot-9 blueliner has four points in his last four games.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Coming off an injury from last year, Somppi has began his third season in Halifax strong. His 15 points in 11 games places him fourth in Mooseheads' scoring, and he's recorded five points in his last four games. His hat trick on Oct. 20 was the first of his QMJHL career.


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

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

Colton has gotten off to a hot start in his sophomore season, leading his Catamounts in scoring with seven goals and four power-play goals, including a hat trick vs. Colorado College on Oct. 7.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

With 11 points in 10 games, Lohin leads his River Hawks in scoring as a sophomore. He has two goals and an assist in his last three games, all against Hockey East opponents.

D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

In his senior season on the Terriers' blueline, MacLeod has recorded one assist in four games this season.

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

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

In his only action so far this year, Oldham stopped 32-of-36 in a 4-4 tie with Arizona State.

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf is fourth in Gophers' scoring with five assists, and paces all Minnesota defensemen. Four of his five helpers have come against Big Ten opponents.


Cory Conacher leads all Crunch skaters in points (10) and goals (6) … Anthony Cirelli leads the club with six assists … Michael Leighton is 2-3-2 with a 3.03 goals-against and a .867 save percentage … Connor Ingram is 1-3-1 with a 3.36 goals-against and a .860 save percentage … 2015 pick Mathieu Joseph scored his first two professional goals last Friday night in an eventual 6-5 shootout loss to Laval.

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