North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 11-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 7-14-21, +19, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the opening goal, a power play marker just 2:38 into the contest, and the Mooseheads would squeeze out the 6-5 win. But not before the Darren Rumble coached Wildcats fought them tooth and nail every minute of the game. Halifax was paced by Islanders 2016 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau and Blue Jackets signee Maxime Fortier.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-13-19, -12, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-14-24, +7, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 6-5-11, +20, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brett Howden finally returned to the lineup after being injured in the WHL vs. Russia series, and everyone in Mosaic Place was so happy, they awarded him the game’s Third Star. Howden assisted on a 1st period power play goal that was part of a 4-0 run by the Warriors that extended to 5-2 lead by the second intermission. After Moose Jaw went up 6-2 three minutes into the 3rd, the game looked like a full on stinker. Then the Blades went on their own 4-0 tear, sending it to OT before Brayden Burke scored the OT game winner for the Warriors. Hajek notched a couple of assists for Saskatoon in the loss, and Jason Halbgewachs scored twice to pace Moose Jaw.

Juniors Game Night: 11-19-17

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Generals scored three 2nd period goals to knot the game at 3-3, but the Colts iced the game with two goals in the 3rd. Lipanov missed his second straight game, but overage Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) lead Barrie with a goal and three points.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 8-2-10, -12, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Once again the Petes scored first, but the OHL Midwest leading Rangers mustered three unanswered and added the empty netter. Kitchener was paced by Slovakian Adam Liska (undrafted) and overage St. Louis native Jake Henderson (undrafted). Peterborough's winless streaks sits at three.

Erie Otters 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-21-31, +13, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Spirit scored two 2nd period goals and then Devils 2016 4th round pick Evan Cormier shut the door, stopping 33 Erie shots.

Juniors Game Night: 11-18-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 20/29 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-14-20, +20, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

You won’t see it on the stat line, but Somppi scores the shootout game winner as the fifth Mooseheads shooter, securing the Halifax victory by virtue of a skills contest. The Mooseheads were paced by highly ranked blueline prospect Jared McIsaac’s two-goal, three-point performance. McIsaac is currently ranked in the Top 15 by a number of scouting agencies ahead of next summer's 2018 NHL Entry draft.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Barrie Colts 1

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Colts scored first, but allowed a shortie and power play goal in the 3rd. Lipanov surprisingly didn’t dress for Barrie.

Erie Otters 5 @ Flint Firebirds 2

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-21-31, +13, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddysh potted the empty netter and rang up a power play assist to help the Otters earn a road victory in Flint.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Vancouver Giants 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 5-16-21, +10, 18 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote and the Rockets gave up four 1st period goals and it was downhill from there for the Giants. Oilers 2016 2nd round pick and Giants captain Tyler Benson led the charge for Vancouver with two goals and an assist.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-12-18, -13, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 6-5-11, +22, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Blades held leads of 2-1 and 3-2 early, behind a goal and two power play assists from Hajek. But then Tanner Jeannot’s hat trick happened and the Warriors didn’t look back. Remember early in the season when Sosunov was shaking heads with all the goal scoring? Well, he’s just sneezing out power play assists these days. Still no Howden sighting in Mosaic Place as he remains out of the Warriors lineup with an injury.

United States Hockey League

Madison Capitols 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The Capitols knotted the game twice, but a 3rd period marker by Arizona State commit Josh Maniscalco (undrafted) sealed the win for the Fighting Saints. Guttman was credited with a helper on Dubuque’s opening goal.

Fargo Force 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

RW Sammy Walker, SC: Did Not Play
Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

It’s the second straight game Walker didn’t dress, and the score looks like the Musketeers might could have used him in the lineup. Uncommitted and undrafted Fargo goalie Strauss Mann out of the Connecticut prep school system stopped 33 Sioux City shots.

Juniors Game Night: 11-17-17

From Friday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/24 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-14-20, +20, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on both Mooseheads goals and managed a plus-minus of +1 after the Sea Dogs put a touchdown up on the scoreboard, receiving Third Star hometown honors in the losing effort. Somppi leads all of the Q in plus-minus with +20 despite missing the early part of the season with an injury. Coupled with his 2 shorties in just 14 games, Somppi is progressing as a solid two-way prospect in a contract decision year for the Lightning, and there may be just one ELC available for either Somppi or fellow Bolt prospect Christopher Paquette.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 18-14-32, +20, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

The Greyhounds scored two shorthanded goals, shutting out the Wolves despite a sparkling 37 save effort from Sudbury netminder Jake McGrath (undrafted).

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 5-16-21, +12, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Hurricanes and Rockets put on a show for the 5,100+ fans at Prospera Place. Kelowna scored the first two goals, striking just 40 seconds into the contest. Former Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan then put his Lethbridge team on his shoulders scoring twice and assisting on a third to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead. The Rockets then scored twice to take a 4-3 lead into 2nd intermission, and after the 4-4 equalizer by the Hurricanes early in the 3rd, Kelowna emptied the tank and finished with three straight for the win. Foote (pictured) earned Second Star honors, notching 4 assists, including helpers on both of Flames’ prospect Dillon Dube’s goals.

Brandon Wheat King 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-10-15, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek assisted on the Blade’s lone goal as Brandon goalie Logan Thompson (undrafted) turned aside 42 Saskatoon shots.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-4-10, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov nabbed a power play assist on the Warriors’ 4th goal as Moose Jaw cruised to a win against the Hitmen. Howden remains out of the Warriors lineup after sustaining an injury in the first game of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-4-8, -2, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Guttman was scoreless in Dubuque’s failed comeback attempt against Waterloo. Niko Esposito-Selivanov was also scoreless for the Black Hawks. It was a busy press week for Guttman, first announcing his commitment to the reigning NCAA champion University of Denver Pioneers. The Fighting Saints captain was then named to the 2017 WJAC roster by Team USA to play in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 10-16 in Truto, Nova Scotia.

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 4 @ Omaha Lancers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After both teams traded power play goals in the first 40 minutes, the Roughriders scored thrice in the 3rd period to outpace the Lancers. This week Perbix was also named to the 2017 WJAC roster by Team USA and joins Guttman on the USA roster for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

Madison Capitols 1 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2 (SO)

RW Sammy Walker, SC: DNP
Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker wasn’t in the lineup for the Musketeers’ shootout win over the Capitols. Checking with the team to see if he is injured, so stay tuned.

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ North Bay Battalion 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 18-14-32, +20, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Boris Katchouk earned First Star honors leading The Soo to an overtime victory by racking up 3 assists, including the one on Flyers 2017 1st round pick Morgan Frost’s overtime game-winner. Katchouk is now 2nd in the OHL in goals, 4th in points, 1st in shorties, 1st in game-winners, and 2nd in plus-minus.

Sudbury Wolves 8 @ Barrie Colts 2

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Alexey Lipanov opened the scoring with his league leading third shorthanded goal just three minutes into the contest. Then… a snowman happened. The Wolves scored the next seven and Wild 2016 7th round pick Dmitry Sokolov chalked up a four-point night to pace Sudbury. Oh, and Lipanov was also 50% on face offs.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/11 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 8-2-10, -11, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes scored first, but the OHL East celler dwelling Generals mustered three unanswered and added the empty netter. Oshawa was paced by sixteen year old rookie Nick Wong and Bruins 2017 2nd round pick Jack Studnicka.

Juniors Game Night: 11-15-17

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-2-10, -10, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Bulldogs shutout the Petes en route to overtaking them for tops in the hotly contested OHL East. Just three points separates Hamilton, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Kingston.

Erie Otters 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 9-20-29, +11, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddysh gets the only assist on a shorthanded game opening goal by the Ottes midway through the first period. The Steelheads would battle back to a 3-1 lead and hang on for the 5-4 win behind the efforts of sixteen year old rookie Keean Washkurak and Panthers 1st round pick Owen Tippett.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-3-9, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-9-14, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek garners assists on the Blade’s first two goals as Saskatoon edges the Warriors. The next night after bragging on Sosunov’s plus-minus, he goes and has a rough night. Howden remains out of the lineup nursing the injury sustained in the first WHL vs Russia exhibition game.

Juniors Game Night: 11-14-17

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Swift Current Broncos 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-3-9, +21, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

The Warriors crushed the Broncos on the road behind a 5-point effort from undrafted overager Jayden Halbgewachs. Sosunov sits 7th in the WHL in plus-minus at +21 after 20 games -- and he has six goals. Just let that sink in. Is he a still classified as a project? Meanwhile Brett Howden remains on the shelf with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-12-17, +10, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets handled the Oil Kings thanks to two-goal efforts by Flames prospect Dillon Dube and Flyers prospect Carsen Twarynski. Cal Foote logged a solid effort, on the ice for three of Kelowna's five goals, including the empty netter with less than a minute remaining protecting the two-goal lead.

Juniors Game Night: 11-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/23 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-2-10, -10, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes double up the Frontenacs behind a four-point game from Panther prospect Johnathan Ang. Christopher Paquette absolutely owned Kingston in the circle, winning 18 of 23 face offs.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 6-3-9, +20, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov drew the only assist on the Warriors opening goal early in the first, but on the ice for all three of Moose Jaw's scores against the Pats. Brett Howden remains sidelined with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

Juniors Game Night: 11-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-12-18, +19, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -8, 30 PIM

The Mooseheads overcame a 2-1 deficit to the Phoenix behnind the OT game-winner from Raphael Lavoie.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Flint Firebirds 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 18-11-29, +19, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

A couple of primary apples from Katchouk as the Soo built a snowman in the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint Saturday night.

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Barrie Colts 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/14 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 6-10-16, +7, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov’s scoreless streak reaches five games and he was pinned with a -1 in a 6-1 game and 4-for-14 in the faceoff circle. Rough night.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Erie Otters 2

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-19-28, +11, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddsh scored a power play goal in garbage time, but the Spirit's unanswered three-goal 2nd period was the difference.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-12-17, +7, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets notched three power play markers to power past the Rebels.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 5-7-12, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Jake Kustra scored a late game shortie to give the Blades a little hope, but the Wheat Kings buried the empty netter to seal the deal.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 5 @ Central Illinois Flying Aces 6 (OT)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, -2, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State

Guttman tallied a couple of power play assists, but the Saints fall to the Flying Aces in overtime.

Green Bay Gamblers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 5

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State

Fargo Force 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: Minnesota

Lightning Sign Oleg Sosunov to Entry Level Contract

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

Sosunov,19, skated in 32 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, registering 79 penalty minutes last season. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound defenseman also appeared in eight games with the Lokomotiv junior team, recording 12 penalty minutes. Sosunov played in five postseason games with Lokomotiv Jr., registering three assists.

The Ryazan, Russia native has skated in 47 career games with Lokomotiv Jr. over two seasons, collecting four goals and 12 points. Sosunov has also appeared in 35 games with Lokomotiv over the past two seasons, including one playoff game in 2017.

Sosunov was originally selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 178th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

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