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
Including a four-point night (2G-2A) on Friday against Kitchener, Katchouk has seven points in his last three games and continues to lead his club in scoring with 39 points in 25 games. His 22 goals is tied for the OHL lead.
C Alexey Lipanov, Barrie Colts
Drafted 76th overall (3rd Round) in 2017
He went pointless on Sunday, but Lipanov has five points in his last four games (3G-2A) for third in Colts' scoring.
C Christopher Paquette, Peterborough Petes
Drafted 148th overall (5th Round) in 2016
Through 22 games, Paquette has eight goals and two assists.
RW Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters
Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Raddysh posted four points in last week's two games, with three of those points coming as goals. He was named Third Star in Erie's 4-3 loss to Sarnia on Saturday night with two goals.
Western Hockey League (WHL)
D Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Drafted 14th overall (1st Round) in 2017
Foote continues to lead all Rockets' defensemen in scoring with 23 points in 25 games from the blueline. In addition, his nine power-play assists pace the roster. He added two assists and was named Second Star in Kelowna's 3-2 win over Vancouver last Friday.
D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades
Drafted 37th overall (2nd Round) in 2016
Adding a goal last Friday in a 6-5 win over Brandon and earning Second Star honors, Hajek's 19 points still pace all Saskatoon blueliners. He has 12 points in his last 11 games (4G-8A).
C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 27th overall (1st Round) in 2016
After being sidelined with an injury during the Canada/Russia Series, Howden returned to action with the Warriors last week. He added a power-play assist in their Nov. 21 overtime win over Saskatoon and was named Third Star.
D Oleg Sosunov, Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted 178th overall (6th Round) in 2016
Sosunov is second in Moose Jaw defensive scoring with 11 points in 25 games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads
Drafted 206th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Third in Halifax scoring, Somppi recorded two goals (one on the power play) and an assist in the Mooseheads' 5-4 loss to Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. He has 14 points in 11 games in the month of November.
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE (USHL)
C Cole Guttman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Drafted 180th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Guttman scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-1 win over Madison and was named Third Star. He is third in Dubuque scoring with 10 points in 15 games.
D Nick Perbix, Omaha Lancers
Drafted 169th overall (6th Round) in 2017
Perbix has six assists to start the year, and is tied for second in Omaha defensemen scoring.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
F Ross Colton, U. of Vermont (Hockey East)
Drafted 118th overall (4th Round) in 2016
Through 13 games, Colton has eight goals to lead the Catamounts in scoring.
F Ryan Lohin, UMass Lowell (Hockey East)
Drafted 208th overall (7th Round) in 2016
Lohin is playing a point per game in his sophomore season, with 5G-9A through 14 games. Within Hockey East, he is tied for second overall with nine points against conference teams in 10 games.
D John MacLeod, Boston University (Hockey East)
Drafted 57th overall (2nd Round) in 2014
In his senior season on the Terriers' blueline, MacLeod has recorded one assist in five games.
G Kris Oldham, U. of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Drafted 153rd overall (6th Round) in 2015
Oldham is 0-1-1 with a 3.44 goals-against and a .882 save percentage.
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Drafted 150th overall (5th Round) in 2015
Zuhlsdorf has six assists through 16 games so far this season for his Gophers.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE - SYRACUSE CRUNCH
Back in Syracuse after scoring a goal in his game up with Tampa, Cory Conacher paces the Crunch with 13 points in 17 games … Michael Bournival leads the team with three shorthanded goals … Louis Domingue is 2-2-0 with a 2.75 goals-against and a .904 save percentage.