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 added two assists (including the primary on the game-winner) in the Soo's 3-2 win over Erie on Sunday night. He now has 62 points in 42 games.
C Alexey Lipanov, Sudbury Wolves
Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017
Lipanov is second in Sudbury scoring with 34 points in 46 games, and leads the Wolves with three shorthanded goals.
C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016
Paquette opened the scoring in an eventual 5-3 loss to Ottawa on Sunday for the Petes. He has 21 points on the season so far.
RW Taylor Raddysh, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
With two goals and First Star honors, Raddysh led the way for the Greyhounds in Sunday's win over his former club in Erie. He now has points in four-straight games, and has eight points in that span for 63 points in 41 games this season.
Western Hockey League (WHL)
D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017
Foote scored both goals from the blueline for Kelowna in their 8-2 loss to Everett on Saturday, and was named Third Star. His 47 points has him fifth in Rockets' scoring, and he leads all defensemen on his team.
D Libor Hajek, Regina Pats
Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Hajek went pointless over the weekend, but is ninth in overall Pats scoring and third in defensemen scoring with 30 points.
C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016
Sixth in Moose Jaw scoring, Howden has an assist in each of his last two games and was named Second Star in Friday's 4-1 win over Prince George.
D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016
Sosunov is tied for third in Warriors defensemen scoring with 21 points in 51 games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads
Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Somppi registered two assists and was named Third Star in Friday's 3-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst and continues to cruise through his season with 62 points in 43 games to lead his club.
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE (USHL)
C Cole Guttman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Through 17 games this season, Guttman has 11 points for sixth overall in club scoring. Guttman is currently out with an injury.
D Nick Perbix, Omaha Lancers
Drafted 169th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Perbix has 16 points in 32 games so far for the Lancers to lead all defensemen on his team.
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 (14) and points (20) through 27 games.
F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Through 27 games, Lohin paces his team with 22 points (8g-14a).
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 15 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 30 games so far this season for his Gophers.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE - SYRACUSE CRUNCH
Syracuse will play two games of their three-in-three this weekend at home, hosting Hartford (NYR) on Friday and Laval (Montreal) on Saturday before traveling to Bridgeport (NYI) on Sunday … Mathieu Joseph leads the team in scoring with 31 points and 23 assists … Mitchell Stephens leads with 16 goals.