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April 16, 1997|
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
Tampa Bay Lightning|
Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
64th overall, 2015|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Dennis Yan (born April 14, 1997) is a Russian-American professional ice hockey forward current playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL). Yan was selected in the 3rd round (64th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Junior[edit | edit source]
Yan played the 2013–14 season for the U.S. National Under-17 Team playing 30 games with the team scoring 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points. Before pursuing the rest of his junior career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Yan was selected in the 2nd round, 66th overall in the 2014 KHL Junior Draft by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, making him the only American-born player selected in the draft. Yan's rights were owned by the team, although he did not play for them. He was selected by the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 1st round, 8th overall in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.
In Yan's first season with the Cataractes, in 2014–15 he appeared in 59 games for the team, scoring 33 goals and 31 assists. The team made it to the playoffs but were eliminated in 7 games in the first round by the Halifax Mooseheads. Yan played in all 7 postseason games, scoring 7 goals and 1 assist.
In the 2015–16 season Yan played 62 games earning 69 points with 32 goals and 37 assists. Yan was fourth in scoring on the Cataractes which helped lead the team to another playoff berth. The team made it to the President's Cup finals, but were eliminated in 5 games by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Yan played in all 20 playoff games, scoring 10 goals and adding 5 assists. Yan was an eligible prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was expected to be drafted in the late first round. His final ranking by the NHL Central Scouting was 30th. Yan was not drafted until the 3rd round when he was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 64th overall.
The 2016–17 season was Yan's final season with Shawinigan. He played in 64 regular season games for the team, scoring 46 goals with 29 assists for a total of 75 points, making it his highest scoring season for the team. Yan finished 1st in scoring on the team. The Cataractes made it to the playoffs once again, but were eliminated in 6 games by the Val-d'Or Foreurs.
Professional[edit | edit source]
Yan began playing his first full season for the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning's top American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate for the 2017–18 season. On October 13th, 2017, Yan scored his first two professional goals in the AHL in a 4–2 win against the Belleville Senators.
International play[edit | edit source]
Yan has also played in international competition, participating with the United States in the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, playing 6 games with 1 goal and 2 assists helping the team win a silver medal at the tournament. Yan also participated in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He played 5 games in the tournament adding 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points, winning a bronze medal with the team and also scoring the game-winning goal in overtime in the bronze medal game in a 5–4 win against Sweden.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Yan holds dual citizenship for both the United States and Russia. He was born in Portland but his family moved back to Russia when he was five years old, where his parents are originally from. Yan attended a hockey camp when he was in Russia which was run by former NHL superstar Pavel Datsyuk. Yan was highly praised at camp from organizers and even looks up to Datsyuk himself as one of his favorite hockey players. To move forward and to develop his hockey career, Yan moved back to the United States during the 2013–14 season so he could play for the United States National Team's Development Program and so he could continue his hockey career in North America.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|2013–14||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||30||6||5||11||49||—||—||—||—||—|
International[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Hockey's Future – Dennis Yan". hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
- "NHL Central Scouting's 2015 final rankings". NHL.com. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
- "Dennis Yan drafted by Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL Draft)". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
- "Lightning sign Dennis Yan to entry-level contract". NHL.com. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
- "Dennis Yan leads Crunch past AHL's Senators 4–2 in fight-filled game". nationalpost.com. 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
- "USA wins bronze in overtime". hlinkamemorial.com. 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
- "Prospect of Interest: The 411 on Dennis Yan". sportsnet.ca. 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
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- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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