The Shawinigan Cataractes got a welcomed boost to their lineup on Wednesday morning as another veteran returned from an NHL training camp. Forward Dennis Yan was assigned to the Cataractes after participating in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp.
A third round pick, 64th overall, by the Lightning in 2015, Dennis was part of the teams 24-man rookie tournament roster earlier this month before heading to main camp. The 19-year-old suited up for Tampa Bay’s first pre-season game last night and despite being held pointless, he logged 12:40 of ice time while picking up two penalty minutes.
Last season, Yan played 62 games with the Cataractes notching 32 goals and 37 assists helping the team to a first place finish in their division and second place in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. During Shawinigan’s long playoff run, he recorded 15 points in 20 contests.
With the return of Dennis Yan, the Cataractes list of absent players shrinks to five as the remain without the services of Anthony Beauvillier (Islanders), Alexis D’Aoust (Canucks), Gabriel Gagné (Sénateurs), Samuel Girard (Predators), and Brandon Gignac (Devils).