Raddysh, Taylor

Bolts Ink 2016 Draft Pick Taylor Raddysh to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Raddysh, 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, played in 58 regular season games this season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 42 goals and 109 points with a plus-67 rating. He led the OHL for assists with 67, ranked second for points and tied for sixth for goals. Raddysh recently helped the Otters to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as champions of the OHL, registering 12 goals and 31 points in 22 games. He was tied for third for points during the OHL playoffs, along with fellow Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli, and is third for assists. Raddysh and the Otters are preparing to play for the Memorial Cup, which is awarded to the champions of the CHL.

A native of Caledon, Ontario, Raddysh has appeared in 183 career OHL games with Erie, notching 87 goals and 209 points with a career plus-78 rating and 15 game-winning goals. He also skated in 54 career playoff games, recording 19 goals and 47 points.

Raddysh also skated for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships. He recorded five goals, tied for fourth in the tournament, and six points in seven games. Raddysh scored four goals on December 29 versus Latvia, making him the fourth player in Team Canada WJC history to do so, joining Brayden Schenn, Simon Gagne and Mario Lemieux.

The 19-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 58th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft.

2016 U20 WJC Update: 1-5-17

Gold Medal Match
USA 5 vs. Canada 4 (SO)
Connor Ingram, Canada, DNP
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 2.57 GAA, .833 sv%

Mathieu Joseph, Canada, 1-1-2, +1, E, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 0 PIM

Taylor Raddysh, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 5-1-6, +3, 4 PIM

Anthony Cirelli, Canada, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 2 PIM

Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 0 PIM

Team USA's Troy Terry had the only marker of the five round Shootout to lift his team to a 5-4 Gold Medal Match victory over rival Canada. Kieffer Bellows, son of ex-Lightning forward Brian Bellows and a New York Islanders first rounder, had a pair of goals for the Americans in their win. Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph scored a would-be insurance marker 4:05 into the Third Period to give the Canadians a 4-2 lead, but the US scored a pair of goals within 3:02 of Joseph's marker to eventually take the game beyond regulation. Joseph also had an even strength helper on Canada's first goal. Mitchell Stephens chipped in a helper on the Canadians' second goal. Joseph played 17:52 in the match, Taylor Raddysh 13:41, Anthony Cirelli 16:55, and Stephens 18:51.

The tournament was a disappointment for netminder Connor Ingram, who struggled in 3 of his 4 starts and ultimately lost the starting job for the Canadians to Carter Hart. Forward Taylor Raddysh, one of the top scorers in the Canadian junior ranks, put on a show dominating the scoresheet against an inferior Latvian side, but struggled to make a dent against the tournament's heavies. Results were ultimately far more positive for the high energy, high character trio of Joseph, Cirelli, and Stephens. All three had a fantastic tournament from start to finish, with the exception of a couple of games missed by Stephens due to injury, proving their worth as potential NHL'ers who could find themselves up with the Lightning within the next few seasons.

2016 U20 WJC Update: 1-4-17

Semifinals
Sweden 2 vs. Canada 5
Connor Ingram, Canada, No Decision, 1/3, 14.85 GAA, .333 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 2.57 GAA, .833 sv%

Mathieu Joseph, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM

Taylor Raddysh, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 5-1-6, +3, 4 PIM

Anthony Cirelli, Canada 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +7, 2 PIM

Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM

Connor Ingram was lifted 8:05 into the First Period after Canada fell behind 2-1, but they responded with 4 unanswered goals to defeat Sweden 5-2. Canada advances to the Gold Medal match against USA. Centerman Anthony Cirelli helped key the comeback victory with 1 goal, 1 assist, and a handful of other scoring chances for the Canadians. Mathieu Jospeh played 13:48 in the win, Taylor Raddysh 16:32, Cirelli 15:08, and Mitchell Stephens played 14:03.

2016 U20 WJC Update: 1-2-17

Please follow Bolt Prospects on Twitter for full coverage of the Lightning prospects at the 2016 U20 WJC's. Here are the game updates for the round robin preliminary round games and today's Quarterfinal match...

Second Round, 58th Overall, RW Taylor Raddysh

Name: Taylor Raddysh
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: 18 FEB 98
Club: Erie (OHL)

Erie (OHL), 67 GP, 24-49-73, 18 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-6-10, 2 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"A big-bodied winger, a good skater, a little better skater than Boris (Katchouk), a little better than Boris, not as much bang as Boris. Two different guys. Plays for a very good team in Erie -- had two real good lines. [Re: Playing with Strome and Debrincat] Taylor can think and play at the level of the top players in junior hockey and we have hopes for him going forward." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray.

Taylor Raddysh

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
203
Born: 
02/18/1998
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Toronto, ON
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#58) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Erie (OHL)
Projects As: 
Big, complementary winger with upside

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2016
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
2
Pick No.: 
58
Draft Team: 
Erie (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
05/15/2017
Contract Type: 
Entry-level w/slide
Contract Length: 
3 years
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2020
Contract End Status: 
RFA

Bio

Comment: 
expected to be assigned to Erie for 2017-18 with ELC slide to 2018-19
Awards: 

2015-2016

  • CHL Top Prospects Game


2013-2014

  • OHL Cup Champion
  • OHL Cup Most Points (14)
  • OHL Gold Cup Silver Medal

History: 

Raddysh came up through the Toronto Marlboros program before being selected 19th overall by Erie in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft. He played on Erie's third line as a 16-year-old, helping Connor McDavid and the Otters during their championship run.

In 2015-2016, he played on Erie's second line, but saw first unit power play duty and was put with Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrindicat during prime-minute situations.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"A big-bodied winger, a good skater, a little better skater than Boris (Katchouk), a little better than Boris, not as much bang as Boris. Two different guys. Plays for a very good team in Erie -- had two real good lines. [Re: Playing with Strome and Debrincat: ]Taylor can think and play at the level of the top players in junior hockey and we have hopes for him going forward." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray.

"Raddysh was selected 19th overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Erie Otters. Raddysh made a good impact on the Otters' third line as a 16 year old during their Western Conference Championship run providing good work ethic and a little offense to their bottom six. Raddysh is a smart two-way winger who can contribute in a variety of ways without being dominant in any one area. Taylor has good hockey sense and can create offense for his linemates. He sees his linemates well and makes slick passes to help set up scoring chances. He does a good job getting into position to score, but doesn't have high-end finishing ability and will sometimes miss on his chances. He can put the puck in the net but sometimes lacks confidence in his shot and will pass off instead. He has a great awareness to get behind defenders, but lacks the skating ability to separate. If anything his skating seemed to take a step back this year as he added onto his frame from the previous season. He will need to get it to a place where he can separate and exploit the opposition with his awareness. He has a good sized frame and battles along the wall.

"He has a good work ethic and competes hard despite lacking ideal skating ability. Defensively he is very competitive and will do what it takes to win including blocking shots, taking the hit to make the play and getting into lanes to break up chances.

"Raddysh could be a bit of a sleeper in this draft. His inability to finish on chances where he has had great opportunities to score and his skating have been the biggest concerns for us, but both could be developed over the next few years. What can't be developed is his hockey sense, awareness to exploit holes in the defense and his ability to get open in the offensive zone. He is a competitive player who could work his way into a lower end top six role, but has the two-way game and enough talent to make a solid third line forward at the next level." --HockeyProspect.com's Black Book

“I liked what I saw last season but he slid a bit for me this year. He had quite a few games where I really had to look for him.” – HP Scout Mark Edwards

"right place at the right time. Outstanding playmaker is very patient with the puck, waits for the play to form and then makes the smart play. Has good puck skills and a quick, heavy release on a deadly accurate shot. Comes off the wall with power moves to create offence from the middle of the ice. Was a major source of puzzlement and frustration for Red Line’s staff. Very good size, but he’s a big guy who plays small. Loses battles to smaller players and doesn’t get involved physically. Has the size and strength to impose himself on defenders down low, but never does. He’s easy to play against, and d-men can be quite comfortable going into corners with him. If he would ever bring more fire and passion, we really like his offensive game and tools. Needs to improve foot speed."

Projection: Inconsistent 2nd line scorer for middle tier club.
Style compares to: Erik Haula
-- Red Line Report

Raddysh said he can be “a skilled, strong forward” who compares his game to current Lightning winger Alex Killorn.

“He’s a big, strong guy, skilled offensively,” Raddysh said of Killorn. “And he shows up in big games.”
--TampaBayLightning.com

"Among the top OHL scorers for long stretches of the season, Raddysh was a shots-on-goal machine in the process. Although he was helped by being on a super line with Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome and likely first-rounder Alex DeBrincat, Raddysh was very impressive in his own right. He is a power winger. He works hard every shift to win battles while also showing above-average puck skills. He reads the play very well and shows quality vision and offensive instincts. Raddysh's defensive play is about average; he's the kind of player who sacrifices his body for his team but could improve his positioning. His first step can use some work, as he's got a bit of a sluggish stride but decent leg strength." -- Corey Pronman, ESPN

Ranked #46 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #28 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #58 by Future Considerations
Ranked #44 by McKeen's Hockey
Ranked #36 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #42 by TSN/McKenzie

Strengths: 

Has the size (6-2, 203 pounds) and strength to play a solid complementary role at the highest level. Can pass the puck with aplomb, and is also a responsible winger.

Weaknesses: 

Must become a better goal-scoring option in the professional ranks. Also needs to use his big frame more to his advantage to maximize his power forward appeal.

Projection: 

Big, complementary winger with upside.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAAGTBHL- - -- -|        
 2013-2014 Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAGTMMHL31 25 2752 28|Playoffs14 3 47 10 
  Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAOHL Cup7 5 914 14|        
  Team GTHL Blue OGC-165 3 47 2|        
 2014-2015 Erie OttersOHL58 21 627 13|Playoffs20 3 36
  Team Blue U17-Dev3 1 12 4|        
  Canada White U17WHC-175 0 11 0|        
 2015-2016 Erie OttersOHL67 24 4973 18|Playoffs12 4 610
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Erie OttersOHL58 42 67109 37|Playoffs22 12 1931 18 
  Erie OttersM-Cup5 5 611 0|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 2 13 2|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 5 16 4|        
 2017-2018 Erie OttersOHL- - -- -|        

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