Dennis Yan

Tampa Bay Lightning
Syracuse Crunch

Fantasy Summary

Raw and skilled goal-scoring forward with a bullish style of play. Consistency will be key for Yan to eventually break into the NHL.

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 14, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 64


November 2019 – Yan has returned to Syracuse of the AHL and has continued to produce at his expected pace to this point in his AHL career. Through 17 games with the Crunch this season, Yan currently sits at five goals and nine points, which would put him on pace to match his scoring pace from his rookie AHL season. Yan still owns NHL upside, however, it appears unlikely at this moment that the American forward will develop into a top-six option. Brandon Holmes

May 2019 – Yan took a small dip in production this season as compared to his 2017-2018 campaign, as his 22 points were a point shy of his previous AHL career high with an additional 10 games played. However, this small dip in production can be attributed to Yan’s limited role this year in Syracuse, as he found it difficult to work his way up the lineup on a stacked Crunch squad and mostly found himself playing on Syracuse’s fourth line. Yan still excels in the skilled aspects of the game, however, during his second pro season he has begun to show more consistency in his physical game and seems to have become more mature in that respect. The 2019-2020 season will be a good opportunity for Yan to work his way into Syracuse’s top six or top nine, and his production in that role will be a big step in his development into a pro level winger. Brandon Holmes

July 2018 – A nagging back injury held Yan to a partial rookie campaign in the AHL. As such, he was welcomed back to participate in the Lightning development camp as a senior. Yan was impressive at camp and will look to extend that momentum into the fall. With some luck, he’ll play an increased role with the Crunch this year and get back to pace with some of the other sophomores on the team. A 50 point season in the AHL shouldn’t be out of the question, anything more should attract some serious attention. Brayden Olafson

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 2017 – Yan 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


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Lambton Jr. Sting Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 30 22 11 33 26 | Playoffs 12 10 7 17 24 
 2012-2013 Belle Tire U18 T1EHL U18 40 30 15 45 47 | Playoffs 5 5 1 6
 2013-2014 USNTDP Juniors USHL 30 6 5 11 49 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 48 12 16 28 57 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 1 2 3 2 |          
 2014-2015 Team Red USA-S17 5 6 1 7 - |          
  Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 59 33 31 64 71 | Playoffs 7 7 1 8
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 4 4 8 4 |          
 2015-2016 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 62 32 37 69 86 | Playoffs 20 10 5 15 32 
 2016-2017 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 64 46 29 75 52 | Playoffs 6 3 2 5
  Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Syracuse Crunch AHL 43 13 10 23 20 |          
 2018-2019 Syracuse Crunch AHL 53 11 11 22 46 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch AHL 21 5 4 9 12 |