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Lightning prospect roundup: Taylor Raddysh stays hot

The wing has seven points with the Erie Otters in four games since making his return from the WJC.

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, Erie Otters

Drafted 72nd overall (3rd Round) in 2015

In four games with the Otters since the Jan. 9 trade that saw him leave Oshawa and head to the Erie club that also houses fellow Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh (2016), Cirelli has three assists. His 37 points in 30 games places him tied for seventh in scoring on the Erie roster.

LW Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Katchouk has seven points in his last six games (4G-3A) to put him tied for fourth in Soo scoring.

C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016

Paquette was also on the move at the OHL trade deadline, joining fellow Bolt prospects Matt Spencer (2015) and Jonne Tammela (2015). He has assists in back-to-back games for the Petes, and has skated in three games for them overall since the move.

RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

In a season-long scoring tug of war with linemate Alex DeBrincat (2016 Chicago pick), Raddysh has seven points (3G-4A) in four games since returning from the WJC. He added the game-winning goal last Tuesday in a win over Kitchener, and a shorthanded tally on Friday in an 8-0 blowout over Ottawa. In 32 games this season, he's recorded a point in all but three.

D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 44th overall (2nd Round) in 2015

Spencer is third in Petes' defensemen scoring with 21 points in 34 games.

C Mitchell Stephens, London Knights

Drafted 33rd overall (2nd Round) in 2015

On the move as well, Stephens was traded to the London Knights, leaders of their Midwest Division and second overall in the OHL, just two points behind Sault Ste. Marie for first. His first two games as a Knight came as a home-and-home against his former Saginaw club. London won both, with Stephens adding a power-play assist on Saturday at Saginaw.

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, sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Western Hockey League (WHL)

D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades

Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Hajek has assists in back-to-back games for the Blades, both wins, and is second in defensemen scoring with 17 points in 38 games.

C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016

Howden saw his seven-game point streak come to an end in a 3-0 Moose Jaw loss to Victoria on Saturday. In that span, he posted five goals and eight assists. Since returning from injury, he's recorded 33 points in 20 games.

G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers

Drafted 88th overall (3rd Round) in 2016

Ingram hasn't started for the Blazers since taking time off after returning from the WJC, but looks to be in net for their game tonight against Moose Jaw. He is 14-9-1 with a 2.12 goals-against and a .935 save percentage for Kamloops so far this season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

LW Boko Imama, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2015

Adding an assist in a 7-6 loss to Cape Breton on Sunday, Imama is fourth in Sea Dogs' scoring with 37 points in 40 games. He also leads his club with 27 goals.

RW Mathieu Joseph, Saint John Sea Dogs

Drafted 120th overall (4th Round) in 2015

Joseph's point streak hit 20 games this past weekend, as he added two assists on Friday and a goal and two assists on Sunday. He is second in Saint John scoring with 50 points in 31 games.

C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads

Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Somppi assisted on the game-tying goal for the Mooseheads that forced overtime and an eventual shootout in their 2-1 win over Drummondville on Friday.

LW Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes

Drafted 64th overall (3rd Round) in 2015

Yan has hit a cold streak as of late with no points in his last four games, but still leads his Cataractes with 50 points in 39 games.


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

Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016

A freshman, Colton leads all Catamounts in scoring with 18 points (9G-9A) in 23 games.

F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)

Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016

Lohin is tied for seventh in scoring with 13 points in 23 games for the River Hawks as a freshman forward.

D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)

Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014

In his junior season with the Terriers, MacLeod has four assists through 17 games to go along with a plus-5 rating and 20 shots from the blueline.

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

Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015

Through seven games, Oldham has a 5-2-1 record for UNO, with a 3.18 goals-against and a .897 save percentage.

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

Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Zuhlsdorf has two goals and three assists through 19 games with the Gophers this season, and is a plus-9 with 14 shots on goal.


The Crunch snapped put an end to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' seven-game win streak with a dominant 4-1 performance at home on Monday … Tanner Richard has points in three-straight games … Adam Wilcox is 14-5-2 for the Crunch this season with one shutout.


"The progression he's made has been big, we're very pleased with it. He's a good puck-moving defenseman who's physical. He's got a really good, big shot. He's a good all-around defenseman who's put the work in and is getting rewarded." -- Lightning Director of Player Development Stacy Roest on Syracuse defenseman Jake Dotchin, who was recalled by Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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