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Top prospects for Tampa Bay Lightning

Foote could have impact in NHL this season; Volkov has chance to make roster

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the top five prospects for the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to


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1. Callan Foote, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 14 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Syracuse (AHL): 62 GP, 6-22-28

Foote (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) appears ready to earn his position in the Lightning lineup after scoring 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) with a plus-11 rating in 138 games the past two seasons with Syracuse of the American Hockey League. He turns 22 on Dec. 13.

"I always refer back to Brayden Point a couple years ago," Lightning assistant general manager Stacy Roest said. "When he broke into the League (in 2016-17), he came to camp and I'm not sure anybody thought he was going to be on the opening night roster. The next thing you know, he's on the power play and on one of the top lines."

Projected NHL arrival: This season


2. Alexander Volkov, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 48 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Tampa Bay: 9 GP, 0-1-1; Syracuse (AHL): 46 GP, 9-21-30

Volkov (6-1, 195), a restricted free agent, got his first NHL experience last season, when he played in nine regular-season games and made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 6 of the Cup Final against the Dallas Stars. He drew a tripping penalty on defenseman John Klingberg 11:58 into the first period that led to a power-play goal by Point at 12:23 in a Cup-winning 2-0 victory Sept. 28.

The 23-year-old, who can play either wing, has scored 123 points (55 goals, 68 assists) in 195 regular-season games and seven points (four goals, three assists) in 11 playoff games in the AHL.

"He's in our [future] plans, for sure," Roest said. "I was impressed watching him in the bubble in Edmonton. He looked stronger, faster, quicker, and hungrier. He's a great example of being ready for his opportunity and making the most of it. We're really excited with him heading into this season."

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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3. Alex Barre-Boulet, F

How acquired: Signed as undrafted free agent March 1, 2018

2019-20 season: Syracuse (AHL): 60 GP, 27-29-56

If the 23-year-old center doesn't earn a roster spot out of training camp, it's a safe bet he'll be one of the initial call-ups if a forward is needed.

Barre-Boulet (5-9, 172) was voted AHL rookie of the year after scoring 68 points (34 goals, 34 assists) in 74 games for Syracuse in 2018-19.

"The hockey sense and quickness with the puck in the corners in making plays through people ... that stuff is tough to teach and [Barre-Boulet] naturally has that," Roest said. "With his size and strength, the skating power needs to improve a bit, but he's working on it in open ice. His hockey sense is very high on the power play."

Projected NHL arrival: This season


4. Taylor Raddysh, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 58 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Syracuse (AHL): 62 GP, 19-16-35

Raddysh (6-2, 209) does most of his damage in front of the net. The 22-year-old right wing has scored 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists) in 132 AHL games.

"He's one of those players who can just put the puck in the net," Roest said. "His skating, power and quickness are getting better, and the more you watched him play in Syracuse you noticed him without the puck, making plays."

Projected NHL arrival: Next season


5. Boris Katchouk, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 44 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Syracuse (AHL): 60 GP, 14-18-32

Katchouk (6-2, 204) set AHL career-highs in goals, assists and points last season, his second in the league. The 22-year-old left wing has scored 55 points (25 goals, 30 assists) in 135 AHL games.

"When you watch Boris, it's all about the energy," Roest said. "He played some center for us, played left and right wing, and was good on the penalty kill. That's always a bonus that he can play on the penalty kill, and (he) has a really good shot."

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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