North American Juniors

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.

Lightning Ink 2016 Pick Boris Katchouk to Entry Level Deal

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

Katchouk, 18, played in 66 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League this season, recording 35 goals and 64 points to go along with 46 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1,192-pound forward ranked second on the Greyhounds for goals, third for points and fifth for assists. Katchouk paced the entire OHL for shorthanded goals with seven. The Waterloo, Ontario native also led all Greyhound skaters during the 2017 OHL Playoffs for both goals (eight) and points (13) in 11 games.

Katchouk has appeared in 141 career OHL games, all with Sault Ste. Marie over three seasons, posting 59 goals and 117 points to go along with 124 penalty minutes. He led the Greyhounds and ranked sixth in the OHL for rookie scoring during the 2015-16 season, registering 51 points.

The Lightning drafted Katchouk in the second round, 44th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 43-28-71, +21, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan responded to an early 2-0 deficit by tying the game by the end of the first period. They got down 4-2 late in the second period and couldn’t find another response.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 63 GP, 33-28-61, +17, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk has two seconds and a first star in his last three games.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/16 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 19-28-47, +1, 28 PIM
With Petes: 24 GP, 7-11-18, +9, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-20-27, +9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/11 FO
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-37-60, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 22 GP, 10-14-24, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 40-66-106, +69, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

All three Lightning prospects for Erie recorded two points, with Cirelli setting a new career high for points in a season and Raddysh hitting the 40-goal mark. This was a match-up of conference leaders, though it didn’t seem to be much of a contest.

London Knights 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 22-30-52, +22, 24 PIM
With London: 26 GP, 11-12-23, +9, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London continues to try to keep pace with Erie at the top of the Western Conference.

Bolts Deal Bishop to Kings; Acquire Budaj, Cernak, and picks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2017 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round selection in 2017, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Budaj, 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, has played in 53 games with the Kings this season, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with seven shutouts. Budaj, 34, has appeared in 350 NHL games with Los Angeles, the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, with a 152-127-39 record with 18 shutouts.

Cernak, 6-3, 221 pounds, has skated in 41 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters this season, registering three goals and 17 points, along with a plus-27 rating. The 19-year-old defenseman has played in 82 career OHL games with Erie, recording seven goals and 32 points with a plus-34 rating.

CHL Game Night: 2-25-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Barrie Colts 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 36-60-96, +64, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Just in case you were worried about the Otters after Erie’s 14-game winning streak came to an end vs last-place Guelph last game, they rebounded just fine. Raddysh keeps inching closer to the century point mark. He’s second in the league in points behind linemate Alex DeBrincat (112). Raddysh leads the OHL in assists and plus/minus.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 7

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 20-26-46, +21, 22 PIM
With London: 20 GP, 9-9-18, +7, 8 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens played in his 20th game with the Knights. He’s producing at just under a point-per-game.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 53 GP: 4-19-23, -11, 61 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Prince Albert earned a split in its home-and-home series with the Blades this weekend.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 33-35-68, +7, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw saw their 2-0 lead turn into a 2-2 tie in the final minute of the second period, but they responded with three third period goals to take the win.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Everett Silvertips 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 39 GP, 23-11-2-2, 2.22 GAA, .932 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Carter Hart (Flyers) stopped 35 of 36 shots for Everett. He’s creeping up on Ingram’s league-leading .932 save percentage with .930.

CHL Game Night: 2-24-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 56 GP, 35-13-48, +7, 82 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 46 GP, 32-35-67, +30, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John blew a 2-0 lead in the third period, losing in overtime.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/21 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 53 GP, 15-23-38, -5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax spotted the Titan a 3-0 lead before trying to mount a comeback late in the third.

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 54 GP, 40-26-66, +25, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan hit the 40-goal mark for the season in a big win in Rimouski.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 2 @ Guelph Storm 4

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 47 GP, 34-59-93, +61, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Erie’s 14-game winning streak came to an end vs last-place Guelph. Cirelli continues to miss time with a lower-body injury.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season: 56 GP, 27-24-51, +8, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk’s goal gave the Soo a 6-4 lead and they held on for a 6-5 win.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 10

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 17-25-42, -4, 24 PIM
With Petes: 18 GP, 5-8-13, +5, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 5-19-24, +7, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Devils first rounder Michael McLeod had three goals and three assists for Mississauga.

Winsor Spitfires 1 @ London Knights 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 20-26-46, +21, 22 PIM
With London: 19 GP, 9-9-18, +7, 8 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens played left wing and opened the game’s scoring in the second period. Five of the game’s goals came in the final frame.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP: 4-19-23, -9, 59 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek scored his fourth goal of the season, which is a new career high for the defenseman.

Kelowna Rockets 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 20 saves on 26 shots
Season Totals: 39 GP, 23-11-2-2, 2.22 GAA, .932 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

After back-to-back shutouts, Ingram was shelled by Kelowna for six goals on 26 shots in half a game. He had two penalty minutes for roughing after pummeling a forward who crashed into him.

CHL Game Night: 2-23-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/10 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 52 GP, 15-23-38, -6, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored for the first time in five games as the Mooseheads beat Moncton Thursday night, 5-3. Somppi is up to 15 goals for the season – a career high.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/27 FO
Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-25-42, -2, 24 PIM
With Petes: 18 GP, 5-8-13, +5, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 5-19-24, +8, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer matched his scoring totals from last year, but in 11 fewer games. His career high for points in a season is 30, set two years ago in his draft year over 67 games.

CHL Game Night: 2-22-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 8 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 7 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 35-12-47, +6, 80 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -4, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 3/11 FO
Season Totals: 44 GP, 32-35-67, +30, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

In a “That’s so QMJHL” game, the Dogs and Titan exchanged leads and big leads before the Titan forced overtime and won it in the extra session. Joseph and Imama were a combined minus-6 in the game, while teammates Nathan Noel (undrafted) and Spencer Smallman (Hurricanes) combined for five goals and five assists. Imama did hit the 35-goal mark for the season.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 33-34-67, +6, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden was scoreless coming off a hat trick in his previous game. The Warriors have won four in a row and are firmly in second in the East Division. They have already clinched a playoff spot.

CHL Game Night: 2-21-17

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 3-1-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 33-34-67, +7, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden notched his first hat trick since October 2015, scoring three times and adding an assist Tuesday in Medicine ... Hat (Trick). Howden’s 33 goals are second on the Warriors behind Jayden Halbgewachs, who leads the WHL with 44. Howden is 12th in the WHL in goals scored.

Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 7

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 23 saves on 23 shots, shutout
Season Totals: 38 GP, 23-10-2-2, 2.10 GAA, .935 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram posted back-to-back shutouts with a 7-0 home win over Edmonton. He has three shutouts in his last six games, allowing five goals in that span.

CHL Game Night: 2-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/14 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-23-37, -8, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Benoit-Olivier Groulx, son of Syracuse Crunch coach Benoit Groulx, scored his 15th goal of the season to help Halifax to a 2-1 Family Day win over Moncton. Somppi is scoreless in his last four games.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 34-59-93, +62, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli missed playing in his return to Oshawa due to a lower-body injury, though he made the trip. Raddysh’s linemate, Chicago prospect Alex DeBrincat, had two goals and an assist to give him 51 goals in 51 games. He has 107 points, which leads the OHL.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-24-41, -3, 24 PIM
With Petes: 17 GP, 5-7-12, +4, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 5-18-23, +7, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer (pictured) had the primary assist on Peterborough’s winning goal, scored midway through the third period.

London Knights 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 19-26-45, +18, 20 PIM
With London: 18 GP, 8-9-17, +6, 6 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens broke a personal three-game pointless streak.

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