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Pu extends career-best point streak to 12 games

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / Sabres.com

London Knights centerman Cliff Pu (2016, third round) continued his hot start to the season last week, picking up eight total points in three outings to extend his career-best point streak to 12 games.

Pu cleaned up a rebound for a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 7-0 shellacking of North Bay, and cashed an empty-netter the following night to go along with two more helpers in the Knights' 6-4 win at Sudbury. 

Pu saw his five-game goal streak snapped on Sunday, but he was able to produce three assists, including a highlight-reel dangle of the puck on the Knights' third goal, as London fell to Hamilton 7-5.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Nice hands on display on one of Pu's three helpers today. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/YF6oM50vRT

Through 14 games, Pu has collected team bests of 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points, good for sixth-most in the Ontario Hockey League. He has rounded off the strong fall performance with a 64.3-percent success rate at the faceoff circle, giving the Sabres a highly-versatile prospect shining in an increased role for the defending Memorial Cup champions.

 

WHL

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) uncorked a one-timer from the left circle Wednesday for his seventh goal of the year to help Lethbridge to a 2-1 overtime victory at Kamloops.

Estephan was blanked in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss in Victoria, but got back on track with a goal from the high slot on Saturday as the Hurricanes fell to Vancouver 7-3. 

The productive week gives Estephan 14 points (8+6) in 14 games.

Red Deer winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) netted an assist in each of the week's three games as the Rebels dropped decisions in Victoria and Everett before earning a 4-3 overtime win at Spokane.
Hagel, who has gone without a goal in his last five games, is currently tied for third in team scoring with 14 points (4+10) through 16 appearances.

Fresh off the most productive month of his junior career, defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged a cumulative minus-three rating this past week as Kelowna won twice and lost once. The third-year Rocket has four goals, seven points and a minus-1 rating in 17 games. 

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) was held off the scoresheet as Prince Albert fell to Moose Jaw and Seattle, but was able to contribute Saturday with one assist as the Raiders blew past cellar-dwelling Kootenay 6-0. 

Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) followed Guhle's lead on the Prince Albert blueline, going without a point in Tuesday and Wednesday losses before connecting for a helper in the Raiders' shutout of Kootenay. At the 15-game mark, Budik has five assists and a plus-3 rating.

 

OHL

Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) picked up one assist Friday in a 7-4 loss to Erie. Osmanski, who went without a point in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss at Sudbury and Sunday's 4-3 overtime win in North Bay, has one goal and four points in 15 contests.

 

QMJHL

Cape Breton forward Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) picked up one assist as the Screaming Eagles won one of the week's three games. The QMJHL rookie has amassed three goals and 13 points in 17 games. 

 

NCAA

In Saturday action, Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) stepped into a slap shot from the right point with 4:03 remaining in regulation for the game-tying goal as Providence came back to earn a 2-2 tie at Merrimack. Florentino has three goals and five points in his first six games this season.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) scored his first goal of the season Saturday as Brown surrendered three unanswered goals in the third period to lose a 6-4 decision at Union. The night before, Willman posted four shots on goal in a 3-1 loss to Rensselaer. Willman has just the one point thus far for a Bears club winless through its first four contests.

Sophomore defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) picked up two assists Friday and another on Saturday as Boston College swept Maine by scores of 6-1 and 3-2. Fitzgerald has points in four straight games to give him an even 10 (3+7) through 10 contests.

Boston College forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) matched Fitzgerald with a two-assist game Friday and a single-helper effort on Saturday in the road sweep of Maine. Through 11 games, Brown leads the Eagles with 11 points (3+8).

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) produced five total shots on goal as Harvard skated to a 1-1 tie with Colgate and a 4-3 win over Cornell. Malone has two goals and five points through the Crimson's first four games.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) logged a plus-1 rating Friday as Massachusetts battled to a 2-2 tie with Connecticut. In seven games, the second-year defender has two assists and a team-leading 17 shots on goal.

Sophomore defenseman Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) posted two assists Friday and one more on Saturday as St. Cloud State dropped a pair of 5-3 decisions to Minnesota Duluth. Borgen has points in three consecutive contests to elevate his season total to six assists through eight games.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) had a down weekend, posting back-to-back minus-3 efforts as St. Cloud State was swept by Minnesota Duluth. Peterson remains the team's leading goal-getter with six in eight games while posting a team-best 25 shots on goal.

Goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) and centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) had the weekend off as Notre Dame preps for a key conference set at Northeastern beginning on Saturday.

 

USHL

After earning one assist in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Muskegon, Youngstown winger Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) snatched his fourth goal of the year Friday as the Phantoms were defeated at Waterloo 5-3. Murray, who was unable to connect in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Black Hawks on Saturday, has 14 points (4+10) in as many games, good for third-most on team and 12th overall in the league.

Madison defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) assisted on his team's only goal Friday in the Capitols' 5-1 loss to Bloomington, and then logged a season-high three shots on the goal the next night in a 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago. Nyberg has three points (1+2) through 11 games.

 

Sweden

With the Swedish Hockey League enjoying an international break, Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) joined Team Sweden for a U20 Four Nations tune-up in preparation for next month's 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Asplund notched an assist in Friday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Czechs. He went without a point in the final two games as the Swedes defeated Finland 4-3 and doubled Russia 6-3.

In 14 games with Farjestad BK, Asplund has three goals and seven points while averaging 17:05 of work per contest.

Frolunda HC winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) did not play with the league taking the week off. The 21-year-old has two goals and five points in 15 games.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 21 saves Wednesday as Almtuna IS defeated Vasterviks IK 5-2. Johansson returned to the crease Friday, making 18 stops in a 2-1 loss to Mora IK. Johansson is 6-6 on the year while remaining among the league leaders with a 1.59 GAA and a .940 save%.

Djurgarden IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) has yet to play this season while recovering from a lower-body injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least four more weeks

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker's website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.

 

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