Ross Colton

Tampa Bay Lightning
Brian Jenkins

Fantasy Summary

A versatile and competitive two-way forward with strong playmaking abilities, excels at creating space for his teammates with his strong work ethic.

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 11, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 4; Overall: 118


June 2020 – Ross Colton was able to seize the opportunity with an increased offensive role in 2019-2020 for the Crunch and turn it into his best offensive season to date at the pro level. In 62 games for the Crunch, Colton posted 31 assists and 42 points, while also putting up 64 penalty minutes, which speaks to the competitive nature of his game. Colton is a very hard-working forward who isn’t afraid to drive the dirty areas of the ice, which lends nicely to his projection as a potential bottom-six player at the NHL level. Brandon Holmes

June 2018 – After completing his second season at the University of Vermont, Ross Colton will forego the final two years of his NCAA scholarship in favor of an NHL contract with the Lightning. The former fourth-round pick will likely return to the North East after Lightning main camp in the fall in order to enter the fold with the Syracuse Crunch. Colton will likely fit in as the replacement for soon-to-be-graduate, Anthony Cirelli, where he can work his way toward an NHL career. Brayden Olafson

March 2018 – The Catamount centerman showed a decrease in offensive output in his sophomore season at Vermont, though he led the team in goals with 16. The Cat’s were eliminated by the University of Massachusetts in the playoffs and finished the regular season three places from the bottom of the standings in Hockey East with a 6-12-6 record. Colton will return for his junior season next fall, thus far the fourth-round selection isn’t showing signs of being a future NHLer, but the NCAA route does allow prospects the extra time to develop, and the Lightning have nothing to lose by allowing him to marinate another season before making a decision on his contract. Brayden Olafson October 2017 – The 2016 fourth-round draft-pick has been off to a strong start with the University of Vermont Catamounts. Colton is another clear example of the success that can be bred as a prospect by taking the college path. The better than point-per-game pace that Colton played at during his time with Cedar Rapids of the USHL has nearly translated to his scoring rate in Division I. Colton is beginning to take another step forward as a sophomore with the Catamounts and proving that he can justify his selection with a consistent 2-way game. There is no shortage of competition for Colton, however, and he’ll have to mirror that growth in the coming years in order to earn an ELC from the Lighting before his graduation. Brayden Olafson April, 2017 – The stocky fourth-round-pick out of the United States Hockey League transitioned to the more competitive Hockey East league this year with the University of Vermont Catamount’s. The freshman impressed, finishing the season second in team scoring with a balanced 12 goals and 15 assists – it earned him recognition in both the Hockey East All-Rookie team, as well as a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award for the top collegiate player.-Brayden Olafson June 2016- Overager Ross Colton was given a second chance during day two of the 2016 NHL Draft. The Tampa Bay Lightning selected the ‘96 born center in the 4th round after he had gone undrafted in the previous draft. Colton’s stock really took off after the USHL Top Prospects Game. Colton has a very good shot that he sets up through great cycling in the offensive zone. Finished a great year with Cedar Rapids this past season and will be attending the University of Vermont next year.


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Mercer Chiefs 13U AAA AYHL 13U 37 31 42 73 34 |          
 2010-2011 Mercer Chiefs 14U AAA AYHL 14U 30 19 28 47 26 |          
 2011-2012 Mercer Chiefs 16UA AAA AYHL 16UA 19 19 5 24 12 |          
  Princeton Day School USHS-Prep - 24 8 32 - |          
 2012-2013 New Jersey Rockets 16U AAA AYHL 16U 23 22 19 41 14 |          
  Princeton Day School USHS-Prep - 25 22 47 - |          
 2013-2014 Taft School USHS-Prep 24 25 18 43 - |          
 2014-2015 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 58 18 15 33 22 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2015-2016 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 55 35 31 66 79 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1
  USA U19 WJAC-19 5 4 1 5 0 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Vermont NCAA 33 12 15 27 22 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Vermont NCAA 36 16 7 23 47 |          
 2018-2019 Syracuse Crunch AHL 66 14 17 31 36 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
 2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 11 31 42 64 |