North American Juniors

Second Round, 37th Overall, D Libor Hajek

Name: Libor Hajek
Position: Defense
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 04 FEB 98
Club: Saskatoon (WHL)

Saskatoon (WHL), 69 GP, 3-23-26, 76 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"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

Seventh Round, 206th Overall, C Otto Somppi

Name: Otto Somppi
Position: Center
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 12 JAN 98
Club: Halifax (QMJHL)
Halifax (QMJHL), 59 GP, 13-33-46, 25 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"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

First Round, 27th Overall, C Brett Howden

Name: Brett Howden
Position: Center
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Shoots: Left
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

Scouting Comments:
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.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-14-16

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.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-13-16

United States Hockey League

Tri-City Storm 5 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
Clark Cup Finals
Tri-City leads best-of-5 series, 1-0

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Tri-City stole home ice advantage away from Dubuque by winning Game 1 of the Clark Cup finals in Dubuque, 5-1. The Storm scored five times in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit. Game 2 is Saturday.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-12-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7
QMJHL Finals
Rouyn-Noranda wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 10-5-15, +2, 32 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Rouyn-Noranda won the President Trophy as QMJHL champs with a 7-2 win Thursday over Dennis Yan and Shawinigan. The Huskies advance to the Memorial Cup where they will join tournament host Red Deer and OHL champ London. Seattle and Brandon continue to battle in the WHL for the last spot. Yan completes his year with a bounce-back post-season after a lackluster finish to the regular season. He finishes the playoffs 10th in league goal scoring and second in penalty minutes. He’ll return to the Q next year.

Ryan Zuhlsdorf of USHL Dubuque is the lone Lightning prospect left playing. His Saints take on Tri-City in the USHL Clark Cup Finals.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-10-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6
QMJHL Finals
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 9-5-14, +3, 28 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan staved off elimination for at least one more game, avoiding a sweep at the hands of Rouyn-Noranda with a 6-4 win Tuesday. Dennis Yan’s ninth goal of the playoffs gave the Cataractes a 3-0 lead they’d later relinquish. The Huskies came back from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits to tie the game before Shawinigan went ahead for good late in the third period. Former Lightning camper Philippe Cadorette stopped 33 of 37 shots for Shawinigan, earning second star. Game 5 is Thursday in the Huskies’ arena.

United States Hockey League

Bloomington Thunder 0 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3
Eastern Conference Finals
Dubuque wins best-of-5 series, 3-2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 10 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Dubuque advanced to the Clark Cup Finals with a 3-0 shutout win over Bloomington Tuesday. Hunter Miska (undrafted Minnesota-Duluth commit) stopped 25 shots for the shutout win. The Saints will face Adam Wilcox’s old team, the Tri-City Storm, in the finals starting Friday.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-8-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 1
QMJHL Finals
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6 Hits
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 8-5-13, +1, 28 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Huskies are within one win of the President Cup after a 2-1 Game 3 win in Shawinigan Sunday. Rouyn-Noranda won the completion of Game 2 Saturday, 4-1. Game 4 is Tuesday. Yan is the last remaining Lightning prospect playing outside the NHL.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Bloomington Thunder 3 (OT) (Saturday)
Eastern Conference Finals
Best-of-5 series tied, 2-2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Dubuque outshot Bloomington 9-6 in overtime, but the Thunder snuck out the win to avoid elimination and force a deciding Game 5 in the USHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. The series will end one way or another Tuesday in Dubuque.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-6-16

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 6 @ Bloomington Thunder 4
Eastern Conference Finals
Dubuque leads best-of-5 series, 2-1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Dubuque limited Bloomington to just 19 shots on goal in Game 2, but allowed 42 in Game 3. The result was the same, however: a Saints win. Dubuque will go for the series win Saturday in Indiana.

NOTE: Game 2 of the QMJHL Finals between Rouyn-Noranda and Shawinigan was postponed due to a coolant link under the ice. The game will be resumed Saturday afternoon.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-4-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4
QMJHL Finals
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 8-5-13, +4, 28 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Huskies drew first blood in the Q finals, winning 4-2 Wednesday. Dennis Yan had an assist on a third period goal that gave Shawinigan a 2-1 lead. The Huskies scored the game’s next three goals. Game 2 is Friday. Rouyn-Noranda is the former club of current Lightning star Nikita Kucherov.

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