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Prospect roundup: Raddysh finishes Memorial Cup on high note

The 2016 second-round pick tied for Erie's scoring lead, finishing with five goals and six assists in the tournament

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.


Dispatching the Providence Bruins (Boston) in five games, the Syracuse Crunch are back in the Calder Cup Finals for the first time since 2013. They will go up against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit), setting up a rematch of that same final in 2013 in which Grand Rapids took the series 4-2. 

Game schedule (all times Eastern) 

Game 1: Friday, June 2 at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. 

Game 2: Saturday, June 3 at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. 

Game 3: Wednesday, June 7 at Syracuse, 7 p.m. 

Game 4: Friday, June 9 at Syracuse, 7 p.m. 

*Game 5: Saturday, June 10 at Syracuse, 7 p.m. 

*Game 6: Tuesday, June 13 at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. 

*Game 7: Wednesday, June 14 at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. 

* if necessary 

Scoring leaders 

20 points | Cory Conacher 

9 goals | Cory Conacher 

12 assists | Yanni Gourde & Matt Taormina 

Through 16 games, Mike McKenna is 11-5 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average. 


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) all competed in Windsor at the WFCU Centre from May 19-28. The Lightning had five prospects in the tournament. Erie advanced to the Final, but fell 4-3 to Windsor. 

Game schedule (all times Eastern) 

Game 1: Friday, May 19 | Windsor 3, Saint John 2 

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

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

Game 4: Monday, May 22 | Erie 12, Saint John 5 

Game 5: Tuesday, May 23 | Saint John 7, Seattle 0 

Game 6: Wednesday, May 24 | Windsor 4, Erie 2

Semifinal: Friday, May 26 | Erie 6, Saint John 3 

Final: Sunday, May 28 | Windsor 4, Erie 3 

D Erik Cernak, Erie Otters 

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

Cernak finished the Memorial Cup with two assists in five games. 

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie Otters 

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015 

Cirelli was awarded the George Parsons Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player in the Memorial Cup, and posted a goal and seven assists through the five games. 

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters 

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016 

Tied for first in Otters scoring with Dylan Strome, Raddysh recorded five goals and six assists in the tournament. He and Strome were awarded the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the leading scorers, and Raddysh was named to the Memorial Cup's All-Star Team. 

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015 

Imama had a goal and two assists in the Sea Dogs' four games. 

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs 

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015 

Joseph finished second in team scoring with two goals and three assists. 

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