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) 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. Owen Sound Attack - Series tied 1-1
Next game: Monday at 7 p.m.
D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters
Drafted 43rd overall (2nd Round) by LAK in 2015
After ousting London, the Otters have moved on to Owen Sound for the Western Conference Final. Through two games, Cernak has yet to point.
C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters
Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015
Cirelli opened the series with a two-point effort in a Game 1 win, and his 14 points have him fifth in club scoring. He is tied for the team lead with nine goals and leads the Otters with four power-play goals.
RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Through two games vs. the Attack, Raddysh has four points (2G-2A), and is second in team scoring with 22 points.
C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights
Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015
Eliminated by his fellow prospects in a seven-game series, Stephens finished his 2017 OHL Playoffs campaign with 10 points in 14 games, good for fourth in London scoring. He has joined the Syracuse Crunch for their Calder Cup run.
Peterborough Petes vs. Mississauga Steelheads - Mississauga leads 2-0
Next game: Monday at 7 p.m.
C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016
Paquette does not yet have a point in either of the two losses - the first of their kind for the Petes this postseason. He has six points in 10 games overall.
D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015
He has not yet found the scoresheet either, but Spencer is second in team defensive scoring with seven points in 10 games.
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Chicoutimi Saguenéens - Series tied 1-1
Next game: Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.
LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015
Imama added an assist in Saint John's Game 2 loss on Saturday, and has eight points in 10 games so far this postseason.
RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs
Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015
Joseph has pointed in all 10 of the Sea Dogs' games, and leads his club in goals (8), power-play assists (4), and points (17).
The Crunch pulled off a comeback win in double overtime on Saturday night in Game 2 of their round one Calder Cup series against St. John's to even it 1-1 … They will play Game 3 at home in Syracuse on Wednesday, April 26 … Tye McGinn scored the game-winner for his second goal in the series … Matt Taormina and Matt Peca lead the Crunch in postseason scoring with three points … Boris Katchouk (No. 44, 2016) was signed to an entry-level contract on Sunday and has joined the Crunch on an ATO.