Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Taylor Raddysh is hoping to build on a breakout 2016-17 season in the Ontario Hockey League with a strong NHL training camp in September. Raddysh, selected by the Lightning in the second round (No. 58) of the 2016 NHL Draft, had 109 points (42 goals, 67 assists) in 58 games for Erie. He had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 22 OHL playoff games to help the Otters win the J. Ross Robertson Cup and advance to the Memorial Cup, where they lost to Windsor in the final. "[The playoff run was] pretty cool," Raddysh said at Lightning development camp. "We weren't expected to do anything like what we did. But we stuck together and we played our game. Things worked out well. It stinks we didn't win the Memorial Cup, but I had a great experience overall." Lightning director of player development Stacy Roest said he saw Raddysh's confidence grow as the season progressed and the 19-year-old forward has become more decisive with the puck. "The year he had was unbelievable," Roest said. "Yeah, he had a good team and good linemates, but most nights Taylor was the one driving that train. It was good for him, he had a lot of responsibilities, played big playoff games. He was one of their leaders during the playoffs. He made Team Canada, which we probably didn't expect. Next year he's hopefully one of the go-to-guys on Team Canada." Raddysh played for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and scored four goals against Latvia, becoming the fourth Canada player in history to have a four-goal game at the tournament. He had six points (five goals, one assists) in seven games to help Canada reach the final, where it lost to the United States 5-4 in a shootout.
Raddysh hoping to channel Point for Lightning
NHL.com | Aug 3