Richard, Tanner

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-28-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM (checking-from-behind, unsportsmanlike conduct), 6 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 6 PIM

Paquette registered both his points in the first period, helping the Armada to a 3-0 lead by the first intermission. The team cruised to a 6-0 win. Paquette led the Armada in shots and hits in the game.

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Brampton Battalion 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Patrik Machac (undrafted) scored in the first period and Brampton goalie Matej Machovsky (undrafted) made it stand up with 21 saves to lead Brampton to a 1-0 home win over Belleville. Lightning prospect Dylan Blujus was scoreless for the second straight game.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Guelph Storm 2

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM

Tanner Richard set up Guelph’s second first period goal to give the Storm a 2-1 lead, but the home side allowed two goals in less than a minute in the third period and lost, 3-2. Richard was on the ice for the game-winning goal against. Jake Dotchin was scoreless for Owen Sound.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM

The Petes got crushed on the road, 5-1 by the Gens. Former Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had a goal and an assist for Oshawa. It was his first goal of the year; he had two last season. Flyers first rounder (2012) Scott Laughton was first star with a goal and a helper. Koekkoek had his second assist of the season in the loss.

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-23-12

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

This was a 2-0 game until two minutes left in the third period when Sudbury scored into an empty net while shorthanded. That gave Blujus his minus-1 for the night. The Battalion ended up scoring about 20 seconds later on the power play, then gave up another empty netter. Nathan Pancel, who finished fourth in OHL rookie scoring last year but went undrafted in June, had two goals for Sudbury.

London Knights 8 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, roughing)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM

The London machine came into Guelph and put up an early autumn snowman. Former Lightning camper and 2012 Boston draft pick Seth Griffith (pictured) had two goals to give him five in the first two games of the season. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard roughed it up with Griffith in the second period and both were sent to the box for two minutes. Leafs pick Ryan Rupert had four helpers for the Knights.

Lightning junior prospects are off until Thursday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-21-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits

A 31-goal scorer last year, Paquette had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Armada to a 5-3 road win. The Armada was down 2-1 entering the third period. Paquette’s goal turned out to be the game winner. An alternate captain for the team, Paquette was 17 of 28 on faceoffs and centered the Armada’s top line.

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 (SO)

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits

Sergeev’s first goal of the year came on the power play and gave Val-d’Or a brief 3-1 lead. He did not participate in the shootout, won by the Foreurs 1-0. Look for a breakout year from Sergeev (pictured) this season.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Brampton Battalion 1 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Blujus earned his first point of the season when he had an assist on Brampton’s only goal, scored on a 5-on-3 power play. He had spent the first half of the double man advantage as the triggerman for the Battalion. Blujus did not participate in the shootout. Listening to the radio broadcast, Blujus seemed to never leave the ice.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (OT)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Richard had an assist on Andrey Pedan’s (Islanders) power play goal in overtime as Guelph came back from a 3-1 deficit to win their season opener. Leafs second rounder and Guelph captain Matt Finn had three assists for the Storm.

Tanner Richard


Jona, SUI
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#71) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Versatile Top 9 forward

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Guelph (OHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$575 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$575 000



Entered his 4th and final season in the Rapperswil system in his native Switzerland. Spent the bulk of the year dominating the U20 ranks, scoring 11 goals and 43 points in 28 games. Appeared for Switzerland at the U18 World Junior Championships, scoring 4 goals and 5 points in 6 games. Ranked the #65 European skater by NHL Central Scouting Service but went undrafted. Later selected in the 1st round, 28th overall by the Guelph Storm of the OHL in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.

Moved to North America and scored 13 goals and 48 points in 43 games for Guelph despite being hampered by nagging injuries for most of the season. Had 2 goals and 4 points for Switzerland in the U20 World Junior Championships. Ranked the #41 North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Service and was selected in the 3rd round, 71st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Versatile and highly underrate forward is both Swiss and a second year draft eligible - so that's two strikes against him. Has been quietly excellent all season when in the line-up, but nagging injuries limited him to 45 games. Tall, lean frame to go along with a powerful stride and good acceleration. Gets up to full speed in two strides. Has really soft hands and quick stick with good puckhandling skills. Beats defenders 1-on-1 off the rush with slick moves. Terrifically creative playmaker is unselfish - makes linemates better. Sees the ice very well and threads touch passes through traffic. Has a wicked snap shot that he should use more often, but prefers to pass. Competes both hard and intelligently in the defensive end, breaking up plays and stealing passes often, then transition to the attack in a heartbeat. Aggressive physically, but needs to add some muscle to be more effective.

Projection: Versatile top 9 forward who chips in on offense.
Style compares to: Valtteri Filppula" (Red Line Report)


Good skater with great acceleration. Soft hands and a great puckhandler and playmaker. Competes hard at both ends of the rink and surprisingly willing to play the physical game, despite his slight frame.


Nagging injuries limited him to 45 games, and those injuries may be attributed to his lack of strength and size. Second year eligible so a little less time to develop than others in this class.


Versatile Top 9 forward


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Rapperswil U15Top Mini23 34 3468 104|        
  Rapperswil U17Elite Novizen1 0 00 12|        
  Rapperswil II U17Novizen B2 4 37 2|        
 2008-2009 Rapperswil U17Elite Novizen19 20 1636 68|Playoffs3 1 12 41 
  Rapperswil U20Elite Jr. A4 1 01 0|Relegation2 0 00
 2009-2010 Rapperswil U17Elite Novizen15 12 3042 63|Relegation6 4 812 10 
  Rapperswil U20Elite Jr. A12 3 69 4|        
  Switzerland U17 (all)International-Jr3 0 11 0|        
 2010-2011 Rapperswil U20Elite Jr. A28 11 3243 72|Playoffs10 2 1113 34 
  RapperswilNLA4 0 00 0|Relegation4 0 11
  WetzikonSwitzerland39 2 46 66|Relegation2 3 47
  Switzerland U18WJC-186 4 15 2|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr20 6 28 10|        
 2011-2012 Guelph StormOHL43 13 3548 46|Playoffs6 1 45
  Switzerland U20WJC-206 2 24 6|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr13 6 39 14|        
 2012-2013 Guelph StormOHL52 11 5162 94|Playoffs5 0 33
  Syracuse CrunchAHL8 0 33 6|        
  Switzerland U20WJC-206 0 44 8|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr13 2 1214 48|        
 2013-2014 Syracuse CrunchAHL65 2 1517 95|        
 2014-2015 Syracuse CrunchAHL70 13 2538 135|Playoffs2 1 01
 2015-2016 Syracuse CrunchAHL71 11 4354 57|        
 2016-2017 Syracuse CrunchAHL4 0 22 0|        

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