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Tampa Bay Lightning sign Taylor Raddysh to ELC

The OHL Champion signs with the big club ahead of the Memorial Cup.

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After winning the OHL Championship Friday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward prospect Taylor Raddysh to an ELC, five days ahead of the Erie Otters debut at the 99th Memorial Cup tournament.

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM Plus / Minus POST GP G A TP PIM Plus / Minus
SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM Plus / Minus POST GP G A TP PIM Plus / Minus
2014-15 Erie Otters OHL 58 21 6 27 13 -8 Playoffs 20 3 3 6 8 -1
2015-16 Erie Otters OHL 67 24 49 73 18 19 Playoffs 12 4 6 10 2 4
2016-17 Erie Otters OHL 58 42 67 109 37 67 Playoffs 22 12 19 31 18 16

Drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft, Raddysh joins the Lightning on the heels of a 109 point season, and he’ll be heading back to the OHL next year with the opportunity to be a mainstay on the Otters top line as they defend their title.

Raddysh has made the news this year when he was the fourth player in Team Canada history to score four goals in a game.

Signing Raddysh brings the Lightning’s current contract count to 48/50. For some comments from someone who’s seen him develop, you can read my interview with Victor Fernandes, Otters beat reporter, here.

Congratulations to Taylor from Raw Charge. Now can you talk up the team to your brother Darren?

From the official press release:

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.