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Prospect roundup: Memorial Cup in full swing for budding Bolts

Erik Cernak, a 2015 second-round pick, recorded an assist in Erie's tournament-opening win over Seattle

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. 


The Syracuse Crunch are in the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Final for the third time in franchise and first time since 2013, and are facing off against the Providence Bruins (Boston). Heading into Game 3, the series is currently tied 1-1. 

Game schedule (all times Eastern) 

Game 1: Friday, May 19 | Syracuse 6, Providence 3 

Game 2: Sunday, May 21 | Providence 2, Syracuse 1 OT 

Game 3: Wednesday, May 24 at Syracuse, 7 p.m. 

Game 4: Friday, May 26 at Syracuse, 7 p.m. 

Game 5: Saturday, May 27 at Syracuse, 7 p.m. 

Game 6: Tuesday, May 30 at Providence, 7:05 p.m. 

Game 7: Wednesday, May 31 at Providence, 7:05 p.m. 

Scoring leaders 

12 points | Erik Condra and Matthew Peca 

5 goals | Joel Vermin 

9 assists | Matt Taormina 

Mike McKenna has been in net since the start, and is 8-5 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. 


The Memorial Cup is awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League champion and is a round robin tournament comprised of four teams: the OHL regular season champion, the QMJHL regular season champion, the WHL regular season champion, and a host team that cycles each year among the three leagues. This year, the Erie Otters (OHL), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), and the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) will compete in Windsor at the WFCU Centre from May 19-28. We have five prospects in the tournament. 

Game schedule (all times Eastern) 

Game 1: Friday, May 19 | Windsor 3, Saint John

Game 2: Saturday, May 20 | Erie 4, Seattle 2 

Game 3: Sunday, May 21 | Windsor 7, Seattle 1 

Game 4: Monday, May 22 | Erie vs. Saint John, 7 p.m. 

Game 5: Tuesday, May 23 | Seattle vs. Saint John, 7 p.m. 

Game 6: Wednesday, May 24 | Windsor vs. Erie, 7 p.m. 

Tiebreaker (if necessary): Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m. 

Semifinal: Friday, May 26, 7 p.m. 

Final: Sunday, May 28, 7 p.m. 

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters 

Drafted 43rd overall (2nd Round) by LAK in 2015 

Cernak added an assist in Erie's tournament opening win over Seattle on Saturday, teaming up with fellow prospect Taylor Raddysh on the Otters' second goal. 

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters 

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015 

With an assist on the empty net for Erie's fourth, Cirelli has points in his last 10 games dating back to the OHL playoffs.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters 

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016 

Raddysh posted two assists in the win, including the primary assist on the Otters' game-winner. 

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015 

Imama was held off the scoresheet in Saint John's tournament opener loss to Windsor. 

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015 

Joseph added one assist in the 3-2 loss last Friday. 

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