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Yan, Dennis

Yan Scores First Pro Goals, Crunch Beat Senators

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan hit a career milestone, but was more concerned with the final result.

The Crunch rookie netted his first professional goal in the second period and added the eventual game-winner early in the third, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Of course it feels good, but I’m really happy we got the first win of the season because we started with two losses,” Yan said. “So I’m happy for the guys. The first win is important and we still have two games this weekend, so it’s pretty good to have the first win this weekend.”

AHL Game Night: 10-13-17 Senators at Crunch

Yan can cook.


Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:04 SYR McGinn (1), (McBain, Conacher)(PP)

Second Period
9:17 SYR Yan (1), (Cirelli, Akeson)
11:12 BEL DiDomenico (2), (Murray, Blunden)
18:58 BEL McCormick (1), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
3:53 SYR Yan (2), (Akeson, Stephens)
19:05 SYR Cirelli (1), (Conacher, Bournival)(EN)

Dennis Yan and Jason Akeson were the game's first and second stars.

Although less hyped and arguably less well-rounded than some of his fellow rookies, Yan does one thing really well. And, if you're going to be good at just one thing, scoring goals might be the one you'd want to pick. He potted the first two goals of his pro career. Fellow rookie Anthony Cirelli also got his first pro goal on the insurance empty netter.

Syracuse grabbed their first win of the campaign to even their record at 1-1-1-0.

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NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-22-17 Predators at Lightning

First string Lightning (closer to, at least) dismantle Preds.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He looked pretty locked in staring down multiple breakaways and keeping a clean sheet until a garbage goal late in the Third Period spoiled his shutout bid.

First Period
0:33 TB Hedman, (Stamkos, Kucherov)
15:37 TB Kucherov, (Stamkos, Palat)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
3:26 TB Gourde, (Callahan, Killorn)
14:05 NSH Watson, (Petterson, Girard)

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

Playing against a B-team Nashville roster, I'm not going to celebrate this game too heartily, but I think it had the fingerprints of a lot of the things I feel give the Lightning the potential to have a very good season this year. Vasilevskiy's going to have a monster year, in my opinion, now that he enters as the clear number one netminder. Hedman and Kucherov continue to grow as team leaders as they did late in the last campaign. Steven Stamkos looks good in his return from injury and I like the initial form of the top two lines in appears Jon Cooper is forming. The only thing this game was missing was a scoring outburst by Brayden Point, but I expect that'll come in time, too. Long story short: I'm probably more bullish on the Lightning's outlook going into this season than a lot of my Bolt Prospects colleagues and tonight's performance added a little touch of validation to that opinion (as much as a preseason win can, I suppose).

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 11:33.

Dennis Yan was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 8:02.

Ben Thomas had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 20:55.

Peca was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:15. He was also a gaudy 90% on 10 draws.

Matthew Spencer had 1 shot in 18:06.

Daniel Walcott had 4 hits in 14:13.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 16:16. He's shown well in camp and his exhibition game performances and appears to be moving up the organizational depth chart at right D.

Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 20:03. Eat those minutes young fella. Eat those minutes.

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Yan Getting First Pro Experience With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan didn't look out of place in his pro debut.

After finishing his junior season with Shawinigan of the QMJHL earlier this month, the winger took the ice in the Syracuse Crunch's 3-2 win over the Albany Devils Saturday night.

Yan is focused on gaining valuable experience as he begins his pro career.

"I think it was a pretty good game for me," Yan said. "I played physical. I played simple, a bit more than juniors because it's a lot different level. It's professional. It's faster and more physical.

"I think I'll get some more games and I'll be more confident and play my game."

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...


Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

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Bolts Sign 2015 Pick Dennis Yan to Entry-Level Contract

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

Yan, 6-foot-2, 186 pounds, played in 62 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, recording 32 goals and 69 points. He ranked third on the Cataractes for goals and was fourth for points. Of his goals, 13 of them came on the power play. Yan also played in 20 playoff games and recorded 10 goals and 15 points.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Yan has spent the previous two seasons with Shawinigan, recording 65 goals and 133 points. He has also played in 27 career playoff games, registering 17 goals and 23 points.

Yan was selected by the Lightning in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. He is currently participating in the Lightning’s development camp which concludes tomorrow.

Dennis Yan


Left Wing
Portland, OR
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#64) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Scoring line winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Shawinigan (QMJHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$717 500
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$667 500
$742 500
$742 500




  • CHL Top Prospects Game
  • Hlinka Memorial Bronze Medal


  • U17 WHC Gold Medal

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Pure sniper with good size must round out his game." -Red Line Report

“Good size winger that can skate and handle the puck. Showed a decent set of hands and quick release shot. Showed flashes of ability but lacked consistency. Needs to play with urgency and show a better level of compete. Top round skill. High risk pick”. -ISS


Pure finisher with an instinct for finding openings in the offensive zone and an incredibly quick release with pinpoint accuracy. Rated Red Line's fourth best natural goal scorer in this draft class. Good speed and good size and doesn't mind going to the front of the net to pop in goals or attempt deflections.


Doesn't use his linemates well and doesn't really have much pull up or lateral aspect to his game. Straight line player stays in his lane with the puck and gets swallowed up by angle-savvy defenders too easily. The next time he back checks may be his first time. Not much interest in the defensive side of the game to date.


Scoring line winger


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Lambton Jr. Sting Mn Mdgt AAAAHMMPL30 22 1133 26|Playoffs12 10 717 24 
 2012-2013 Belle Tire U18T1EHL U1840 30 1545 47|Playoffs5 5 16
 2013-2014 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL30 6 511 49|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP48 12 1628 57|        
  USA U17WHC-176 1 23 2|        
 2014-2015 Team Red USA-S175 6 17 -|        
  Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL59 33 3164 71|Playoffs7 7 18
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 4 48 4|        
 2015-2016 Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL62 32 3769 86|Playoffs20 10 515 32 
 2016-2017 Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL64 46 2975 52|Playoffs6 3 25
  Syracuse CrunchAHL3 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL43 13 1023 20|        
 2018-2019 Syracuse CrunchAHL12 2 02 8|        

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