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Bolts prospect roundup: Taylor Raddysh on fire in OHL

The Lightning's 2016 second-round draft pick leads the league with 48 points.

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 Associaton (NCAA), and will highlight select players from the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.


Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

C Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa Generals

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015

With the split between two squads for Team OHL at the 2016 Canada Russia Series, Cirelli posted one goal in one game to help the Canadian Hockey League post a 13-5 overall win in points over Russia for the 2016 series title. He continues to lead his Oshawa club in scoring with 26 points (11G-15A) through 19 games.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk returned from injury to play in one of Team OHL's two games, posting a goal in their 5-2 win over Russia on Nov. 15. Through 21 games, the winger sits fifth in Soo scoring with 16 points (7G-9A) and is currently riding a four-game point streak. He was named Second Star in each of the Greyhounds' wins this past weekend (Nov. 19-20) with a goal and an assist over the two contests.

C Christopher Paquette, Niagara IceDogs

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette continues to play at just below a point-per-game pace, leading his IceDogs club in scoring with 20 points (10G-10A) through 21 games. He has four assists in his last three games for a three-game point streak heading into this week. The forward has already set OHL career highs in goals and points just two months into the 2016-17 season.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

The OHL is Raddysh's to lose this season as he continues to lead the entire league in scoring (48 points), goals (20), assists (28) and plus/minus (plus-28) through 21 games for the Erie Otters. He has four points (2G-2A) in his last three games and posted two goals and one assist in one game for Team OHL at the Canada Russia Series.


D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer sits third in Petes defensemen scoring with seven points in 14 games. He did not make it to the scoresheet for Team OHL in his second consecutive appearance for his league at the Canada Russia Series.

C Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw Spirit

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Appearing in both games for Team OHL, Stephens registered one assist. He leads the Spirit in scoring with 19 points (8G-11A) in 17 games and is on a six-game point streak dating back to Nov. 5 with four goals and five assists in that span. The Saginaw captain was named Third Star in their 8-3 win over Erie on Saturday.

RW Jonne Tammela, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Tammela scored in his OHL debut on Nov. 8 but has played in just one game since.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek has yet to score a goal this season, though his 10 assists in 22 games are good for second among all Blades defensemen.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden has not played since Oct. 25 due to injury but registered nine goals and 14 assists in his first 11 games before being sidelined.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Through 19 games thus far for the Blazers, Ingram has a 2.21 goals-against average bolstered by a .931 save percentage. His GAA is good for third among all goaltenders in the WHL, and his save percentage is the WHL's best. He stopped 18-of-21 in a loss for Team WHL against Russia on Nov. 7. He faced 46 shots and stopped 42 of them in a 6-4 Kamloops win over Spokane on Sunday.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

Imama has been held off the scoresheet in his last two games, though he started the month of November on a five-game point streak (8G-1A). He is fourth in Sea Dogs scoring with 16 points in 21 games (11G-5A) and looks to be on pace to surpass his previous QMJHL career-high point total of 28, set in 2014-15.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Off to a blistering start, Joseph continues to lead his club in scoring with 33 points in 21 games (20G-13A). He enters this week on a 10-game point streak dating back to Oct. 26, in which he's posted eight goals and nine assists. Joseph is fourth among all QMJHL skaters in points, first overall in goals, second in power-play goals (8) and tied for first in shorthanded goals (4). Joseph represented the QMJHL at the Canada Russia Series for the second-straight season, though he was held scoreless through two games this year.

"Every game he plays in, he has a big impact in. He's all over the ice. He's [Saint John's] leading scorer, he goes out there and makes a difference every shift he's on the ice. He's gotten better every year, [and] he's put in the work and he's gotten rewarded for it." - Lightning's Director of Player Development Stacy Roest on Mathieu Joseph

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi has moved up to fourth in scoring for the Mooseheads, thanks to a four-assist night on Saturday in a wild 11-10 Halifax loss to Acadie-Bathurst. He enters this week with 15 points (5G-10A) in 18 games.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

With seven points in eight November games to date, Yan still holds the goal-scoring lead for his Cataractes with 15 goals in 24 games. His 24 points are good for second overall on the Shawinigan roster, and he was named First Star in their win over Baie-Comeau on Saturday with a two-assist night.


F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

The freshman forward is tied for first in Catamounts scoring with eight points (4G-4A) through 12 collegiate games and had a goal and an assist in their 6-2 win over Maine last Friday.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin ranks sixth in scoring with nine points in 14 games for the River Hawks as a freshman forward, adding a goal in their 4-1 win over Notre Dame last Thursday.

D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

In his junior season with the Terriers, MacLeod has three assists through eight games to go along with a plus-5 rating and 14 shots from the blueline.

G Kris Oldham, U. of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

Through four games, Oldham has a 2-2-0 record for UNO, with a 3.02 goals-against and a .885 save percentage.

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big-10)

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf has two goals and an assist through nine games with the Gophers this season and is a plus-two with four shots on goal.


Cory Conacher leads all Crunch skaters in scoring with 12 points in 11 games … Tanner Richard paces the club with five goals … Matt Taormina is on a seven-game point streak (2G-6A).

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