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Prospect roundup: Raddysh pacing Erie in postseason

The 2016 second-round pick has 18 points in 10 OHL playoff games for the Otters

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. London Knights - Series tied 3-3 

Next game: Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. 

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters

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

Cernak has two assists in the second round series, both coming in wins for the Otters. 

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters 

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015 

Cirelli stays in fifth in club scoring with 11 points and has five points so far in this series. His four power-play goals lead the entire OHL for the postseason. 

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters 

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016 

Raddysh has 18 points in 10 playoff games, including seven points so far in the series vs. London. He was named First Star with the game-winning goal and two assists in Saturday's game. He is second in the OHL in points and assists (13). 

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights 

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015 

Stephens has a point in three-straight games for his Knights, and scored the overtime game-winner on Sunday night to force the series to a Game 7, earning him First Star honors. 

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. Owen Sound Attack - Owen Sound won 4-2 

Next game: Eliminated 

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016 

Katchouk finished his postseason with 13 points in 11 games, and led his club in goals (8). He recorded a point in 10 of his 11 games. 
Peterborough Petes vs. Kingston Frontenacs - Peterborough won 4-0 

Next game: Eastern Conference Final Game 1 vs. Mississauga on Thursday, April 20 

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes 

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016 

In the four-game sweep, Paquette recorded three goals and an assist. Through eight playoff games, he has six points. 

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes 

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015 

Spencer is tied for the team lead in defensemen scoring with seven points, and added three assists in the second-round sweep. He leads the OHL with a plus-16. 


Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Val-d'Or Foreurs - Saint John won 4-0 

Next game: Awaiting their semifinal opponent 

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015 

Imama registered two assists in Saint John's second-round sweep for seven points in eight games through the two rounds. 

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015 

With 15 points in eight games, Joseph leads all QMJHL skaters in postseason scoring, and leads his club in power-play assists (4). He's recorded two or more points in five of eight games so far. 


The Crunch will play the St. John's IceCaps (Montreal Canadiens) in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, with Game 1 slated for Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m. ET in Newfoundland, and Game 2 on Saturday … The series is a best-of-five and will shift to Syracuse for Game 3 on Wednesday, April 23 … Syracuse finished the season with a 38-24-7-7 record to clinch the North Division. 

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