Dennis Yan

by olafson1393 on March 12, 2018

Dennis Yan - Photo from Hockeys Future


Dennis Yan, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 187

Born: 1997-04-14

Hometown: Portland, OR, USA

Drafted: 2015 by Tampa Bay Lightning, 64th overall



March 2018 - After getting off to a late start due to injury with the Crunch this October, Yan has demonstrated a fairly typical rookie professional season. Throughout the year, he's shown flashes of offensive brilliance which were a large part of what drove his initial draft stock, however the former second-round pick has been woefully inconsistent in his production. Its typical for rookie pros to have growing pains that manifest in the form of inconsistent production, and Yan's late start to the year was certainly a factor in what may be forcing him to overthink parts of the game that should come more natural. Another year in the AHL will give us a stronger insight as to what the Lightning truly have in the Russian-American winger, but for now he'll need to focus on applying all of his tools consistently at the AHL level. Brayden Olafson

September 2017 - Dennis Yan received a limited opportunity to showcase himself with the Lightning this preseason. As expected, he wasn't a major factor in his sheltered role and minimal ice time, however he did demonstrate an offensive knack, and somewhat reliable defensive play. Yan was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch this week where he will compete as a rookie. It will take a significant amount of time for Yan to earn the full trust of the Lightning management and coaching staff before he has a significant opportunity to make a jump to the NHL, his offensive skillset made him a productive forward in junior, however, he will have to prove that he can do the same with the professionals. Brayden Olafson


March 2017Yan led the Shawinigan Cataractes to a third-place finish in the QMJHL standings with 75 points in 64 games. They'll face the fourteenth-seeded Val-d'Or Foreurs in the first round of QMJHL playoffs. The American has developed his scoring touch as a 19 year old, reaching a career high in goals. This should play to his strength as he develops into a more well-rounded player and approaches the pros. Because Yan will turn 20 before December 30th, 2017 he will be eligible to play with Syracuse in the coming fall. The Crunch should welcome his skillset and offer ample opportunity for him to showcase himself for Yzerman and the Lightning brass. Brayden Olafson


June 2016- Dennis received an entry-level contract from the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer after another 30 goal and 60 point season with the Shawinigan Cataractes. Yan has shown consistency in goal scoring and two-way play. He has another year of QMJHL eligibility, but he will be able to join the AHL at the end of the year. Yan showed great strides in a more all-around game at this year’s development camp, which could've led to the entry-level deal. Max Marko


June 2015 - Yan was projected as widely as any player, all the way from 28th to 99th, and ended up going exactly in the middle at 64. A good all around player, with size, scoring, playmaking, speed and defense, Yan is on a good path. He will spend at least one more year in the QMJHL, where he should dominate this year. Austin Wallace


June 2015 – Yan, an American-born Russian winger, is ranked 30th of all North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Quite the traveler at 18 years of age, he has played in both the USHL and QMJHL, the latter of which with his current club in Shawinigan where he posted 64 points in 59 games played with a plus-23 rating in 2014-15. He is considerably quick and will win most battles in which he is the puck carrier despite the lack of a physical game. Known as a good forechecker, he possesses good two-way skills. Zach Hopkins


Fantasy Outlook: B-

With consistency and confidence, he can become a scoring winger playing big minutes each contest.



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