North American Juniors
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Making their season debuts after Lightning preseason appearances, Mathieu Joseph and Boko Imama were two of the three game stars as Saint John edged Cape Breton, 3-2. Joseph is a hopeful for Team Canada this winter at the WJCs and Imama is playing as an overager in junior to gain more minutes than he would have in the AHL or ECHL. He is an alternate captain for the Sea Dogs. Joseph does not have a letter.
Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
The high-powered Cataractes put a touchdown on the board in Rimouski. Yan contributed an assist.
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, +1, PIM, 4 SOG, 21/32 FO
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
Cirelli and Spencer made their season debuts after some preseason time in Tampa, and Cirelli’s Gens beat Spencer’s Petes, 4-1. Cirelli, Oshawa’s captain and clear leader, scored his first of the season. Oshawa was rebuilding last year and should be fairly solid this year. Spencer is a leader for Peterborough and should improve on his modest offensive numbers next to Dominik Masin last year. The Petes beat the Gens 4-1 on Wednesday when both Cirelli and Spencer were in Florida.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ London Knights 2
C Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
Katchouk had an assist in his opener Thursday against Windsor, but was scoreless in an upset win over London Friday. Former Lightning prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless Thursday for Windsor.
Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 0
W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 20/29 FO
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Wearing an “A,” Paquette opened the season as the IceDogs’ top-line center, taking more than twice as many faceoffs as the next highest player. Big things are expected of Paquette by the Lightning brass now that he has the ice time he needs to breakout. He is a former second round pick of Niagara in the OHL draft.
Western Hockey League
Kamloops Blazers 0@ Victoria Royals 1
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 23 saves on 24 shots, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Ingram was named Third Star, losing his shutout bid mid-way through the third period in a close 1-0 loss in Victoria.
Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Hajek wore an A for the Blades in his season debut, a 5-1 loss at Medicine Hat. Saskatoon is looking to improve on their poor showing last season. The Blades finished third from the bottom of the WHL table.
Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Howden succeeded current Lightning prospect Brayden Point as Moose Jaw’s captain, opening his post-draft season with a goal in the Warrior’s 4-3 overtime loss to Red Deer. Howden scored off a goal-mouth scramble. Moose Jaw gave up a 3-1 third period lead in the loss.
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.
Name: Connor Ingram
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthdate: 31 MAR 98
Club: Kamloops (WHL)
Kamloops (WHL), 61 GP, 2.61 GAA, 0.922 SV%; Playoffs: 7 GP, 2.12 GAA, 0.938 SV%
"He was one of the top-3 goalies on our list. We had him ranked very high. He's a player that our goalie coach Dave Alexander from Syracuse went to work with him a couple weeks ago at Hockey Canada's goalie camp, he's one of the goalies invited to Canada's World Junior Team - one of four goalkeepers. Had a tremendous season in Kamloops, gave them a chance to win every night and Dave was very complimentary coming out of the goalie camp about Ingram, and confirmed a lot of things that we've seen in him." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray
Name: Taylor Raddysh
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthdate: 18 FEB 98
Club: Erie (OHL)
Erie (OHL), 67 GP, 24-49-73, 18 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-6-10, 2 PIM
"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.
Name: Boris Katchouk
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthdate: 18 JUN 98
Club: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), 63 GP, 24-27-51, 61 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 6-4-10, 4 PIM
"Can play left or right side. High compete level with skill and hockey sense, so Boris is what you might call a power forward and plays a real hard, gritty game, but has the hockey sense and skill to complement skill players." - Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray
Name: Christopher Paquette
Weight: 174 lbs.
Birthdate: 27 MAR 98
Club: Niagra (OHL)
Niagra (OHL), 57 GP, 5-11-16, 18 PIM
"He was on a really strong team this year. Niagara probably gave London their best battle all year long and played them in the OHL finals. Niagara went to win the OHL this year so they loaded up, and if you looked at their lineup it was almost all drafted players – I think they had somewhere between 12-14 NHL-drafted players so [Christopher] got knocked down the roster and played on the fourth line for the most part. We think he’s got an upside like Anthony Cirelli. Anthony started on the fourth line with Oshawa and gradually worked his way up to the second line and then this year was their first line center. Well, next year most of those guys on Niagara are going to graduate and [Christopher] is going to go up the depth chart, so we’re expecting him to be on the first or second line next year and get the chance to show the offensive ability that he wasn’t able to show this year. He was a high pick in the OHL draft, plays a 2-way game, good size, good skater, good attention to detail at all ends of the ice and we think he’s got offensive upside that he hasn’t been able to show yet." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray
Name: Libor Hajek
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthdate: 04 FEB 98
Club: Saskatoon (WHL)
Saskatoon (WHL), 69 GP, 3-23-26, 76 PIM
"He’s a bigger body, a very solid two-way player ... Libor Hajek was a 'safer bet' to be able to adapt both offensively and defensively to NHL than DeAngelo ... You watch Libor Hajek play on a really weak Saskatoon team and he just plays as hard as he can every shift all night long and his coach, who has just left the team to take an assistant position in Buffalo, couldn't say enough good things about him through the course of the year. On a weak team, he showed up and competed hard against the best players in the league every night when he could have folded his tent." - Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray
Name: Otto Somppi
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthdate: 12 JAN 98
Club: Halifax (QMJHL)
Halifax (QMJHL), 59 GP, 13-33-46, 25 PIM
"Otto Somppi came in from Finland and played on the Finnish Ivan Hlinka team and at the end of the year played with the Finnish U-18 team that won the championship. Otto’s played most of the season with a banged-up shoulder, so he had a shoulder brace on and he played on a very weak Halifax team. Once they traded Timo Meier they really had nobody to play with him so Otto persevered, worked hard through the season, battled through the shoulder situation, then went with Finland and played on the first line with [Jesse] Puljujarvi and [Janne] Kuokkanen. He played part of it at center and part of it at wing and was on the first line on the championship team with Finland. We have high hopes for Otto and part of the reason he didn’t get selected was the shoulder situation and the team that he was on, so that helps us – good news for us and it’ll make him a better person and player going forward." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray
Name: Brett Howden
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthdate: 29 MAR 98
Club: Moose Jaw (WHL)
Moose Jaw (WHL), 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM; Playoffs: 10 GP, 4-11-15, 4 PIM
Consensus is that he projects to be a smart, dependable, two-way player that is safe bet to make the NHL and play with some jam and in all game situations. Work ethic and dedication to improvement is off the charts, and heralded as a great teammate with commitment to winning.
United States Hockey League
Tri-City Storm 4 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 2
Clark Cup Finals
Tri-City leads best-of-5 series, 2-0
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 10 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)
Tri-City won both games in Dubuque and now go home with a chance to clinch the USHL championship on home ice.