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Prospect roundup: Stephens pacing London in playoffs

The 2015 second-round pick has four points - all goals - so far in the series to lead his team.

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.


Erie Otters vs. Sarnia Sting - Erie swept 4-0

Next game: Waiting for winner of London/Windsor for second round opponent

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters

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

Cernak pointed in all four of Erie's first round games, adding a goal and three assists from the blueline.

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Cirelli finished the first round series with six points in four games, with four of the six points coming as goals. His three power-play goals lead the Otters and the OHL.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Two points off the team lead in scoring, Raddysh put up 11 points in the four-game series, capping it off in Game 4 with a five-point performance. He is the only Erie skater so far to score a shorthanded goal in the playoffs.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. Flint Firebirds - Soo won 4-1

Next game: Wednesday, April 5 against second round opponent Owen Sound Attack

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk finished the series with eight points in five games to lead his team in scoring, and his five goals paces the club as well. He had a point in all five games, and three of the five games saw him record two points.

London Knights vs. Windsor Spitfires - Series tied 3-3

Next game: Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

The Knights rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 on Tuesday. Stephens has four points - all goals - so far in the series to lead his team.

Peterborough Petes vs. Niagara IceDogs - Peterborough swept 4-0

Next game: Awaiting second round opponent

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette added two assists in the first round series.

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer posted four points in four games from the blueline for the Petes, and leads the OHL in postseason plus/minus at a plus-10.


Moose Jaw Warriors vs. Swift Current Broncos - Series tied 3-3

Next game: Tonight at 9 p.m.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden added power-play goals in Games 4 and 5, both losses, as his team heads into the decisive Game 7 tonight.

Kamloops Blazers vs. Kelowna Rockets - Kelowna won 4-2

Next game: Eliminated

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram was in net for all six games for the Blazers, posting a 2.18 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. He stopped 226-of-239 shots faced.


Halifax Mooseheads vs. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - Rouyn-Noranda leads 3-2

Next game: Tonight at 7 p.m.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Returning from a late-season injury, Somppi has one assist so far in the series.

Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Rimouski Océanic - Saint John swept 4-0

Next game: Awaiting second round opponent

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

Imama posted five points in the four-game sweep, recording multi-point nights in Games 2 and 3, including a two-goal effort in Game 3.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph pointed in all four of Saint John's games, and has eight points thus far in the postseason. He recorded multi-point games in three of the four games in the series.

Shawinigan Cataractes vs. Val-d'Or Foreurs - Val-d'Or won 4-2

Next game: Eliminated

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Knocked out in the first round, Yan posted five points in six games for his club and led them with two power-play goals.


The Crunch have lost three of their last four games, but are still second in their division … Matt Taormina leads all AHL defensemen in scoring with 56 points … Cory Conacher is ninth in AHL scoring with 56 points … Byron Froese's 27 goals are good for eighth overall in the AHL.

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