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Pu eclipses the 30-goal mark for London

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

London Knights forward Cliff Pu (2016, third round) became the first Sabres prospect to eclipse the 30-goal barrier last week. 

Pu was unable to get rolling Wednesday despite winning 16 of 20 faceoffs as London was toppled by the red-hot Erie Otters 5-1, but he made a mark Friday by beautifully elevating a shot to pick a corner for his 30th goal of the season in a 6-1 loss to Owen Sound.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cliff Pu picks a corner on the PP for his 30th goal of the year. Elevation. #Sabres

A budding star at the Ontario Hockey League level, Pu again connected on Sunday with another wrist-shot goal with the man advantage as the Knights rebounded with a 4-1 victory in Kingston.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cliff Pu snipes his 31st in London's Sunday W. Baptiste used to shred the PP on the left side in the O. Pu liking the right. #Sabres

Through 50 games, Pu remains as the Knights' leading point-getter with 31 goals and 70 points. He's currently ranked eighth on the OHL points leaderboard, all the while enjoying a 61.7 percent success rate at the faceoff circle.



After going without a point Tuesday in a 4-1 loss at Seattle, Red Deer winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) deposited a power-play goal Wednesday in the Rebels' 8-4 loss at Tri-City. Hagel, who earned one assist in Friday's loss at Portland before being quieted in another loss Saturday in Vancouver, has produced over a point per game with his 22 goals and 54 points in 53 appearances.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) notched one assist Friday as Lethbridge got past Victoria 5-4 in a shootout, and then connected for a pair of helpers the next night as the Hurricanes dominated Saskatoon 6-2. Estephan has been a consistent offensive catalyst with 70 points (26+44) in 55 games.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) netted an even-strength tally Saturday and added two assists as Kelowna downed Prince George 5-2. Earlier in the week, Stephens recorded a pair of assists in Monday's 6-3 doubling of Seattle and was blanked in a 5-4 overtime loss to Spokane. Stephens leads all Rockets defenders with 10 goals as part of his career-best 24 points through 54 games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Kelowna D Devante Stephens goes solo on Saturday for his 10th of the year. Mr. Magic's Wrap Attack. #Sabres

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) produced a career-best three assists Wednesday as the Raiders knocked off Brandon 5-3. Budik would go without a point in Friday's 3-1 loss to Everett, but got back on track with a helper Saturday as the Raiders again toppled Brandon 4-1. At the 50-game mark, Budik has amassed 22 assists and a minus-10 rating for the struggling Raiders.

Defenseman Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) remained out of action last week with a lower-body injury. Guhle, who has yet to take the ice for a February contest, has 12 goals and 12 goals assists through 40 games.



Cape Breton centerman Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) contributed three points in four games last week, including a tap-in goal from the edge of the crease in Saturday's 8-4 loss to Rouyn-Noranda. Glotov has 13 goals, 47 points and 109 shots on goal in 54 games. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cape Breton's Vasily Glotov cleans up in front for his 13th North American goal #Sabres



Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) logged a minus-1 rating last week as the Steelheads dropped all three of their contests. Osmanski has appeared in 45 games, producing six points (1+5) and 62 penalty minutes.



Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 33 saves Friday as Notre Dame defeated Providence 4-1. The third-year standout returned to the crease for his 82nd-consecutive start the following night, stopping 39 of 42 shots as the Fighting Irish played to a 3-3 tie with the Friars. Petersen has been a steady rock for Notre Dame this season, going 18-9-5 with a 2.09 GAA and a .926 save%.

As previously reported, Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) is out for the year with an undisclosed issue. Hurley produced 16 points (4+12) in 21 games prior to shutting it down.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) gained the zone and squeezed a shot past Cal Petersen for his ninth goal of the season Friday as Providence fell to Notre Dame 4-1. Florentino registered three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating Saturday as the Friars and Fighting Irish battled to a 3-3 tie. The senior rearguard has amassed 16 points (9+7) while appearing in 25 games.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) picked up an assist Friday to extend his point streak to six games as Harvard earned a 4-2 victory at Yale. He saw the streak come to an end the next night as the Crimson cruised past Brown 6-0. Malone has appeared in all 27 games this season, compiling 14 goals, 31 points and a plus-14 rating.

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) posted a combined three shots on goal over the weekend as the Eagles played to 3-3 and 2-2 ties with Vermont. The right-handed defender has five goals and 20 points in 31 games.

Boston College sophomore Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) has yet to return to the lineup after dealing with mononucleosis. The forward was having an excellent season prior to illness, securing 22 points (7+15) in 28 skates.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) recorded two assists Friday as Brown was defeated by Dartmouth 5-4, and was blanked the following night in the Bears' 6-0 loss to Harvard. Willman has 10 goals and 23 points in 27 games.

Second-year defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) was unable to connect as Massachusetts dropped a pair of decisions 3-0 to Merrimack and 5-2 to Massachusetts-Lowell. Through 32 games, Chukarov has one goal and seven points.

Freshman winger Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) produced four shots on goal as Penn State dropped a pair of games to Minnesota 6-3 and 4-3 in overtime. Murray has one assist in eight games since joining the Nittany Lions for the second semester.

Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) posted a combined minus-2 rating as Connecticut dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with Northeastern by scores of 3-0 and 4-1. Nyberg has four assists and 23 shots on goal in his first 12 collegiate tilts.

St. Cloud State had the weekend off, leaving defenseman Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) with 11 points (2+9) in 29 outings, and third-year forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) with nine goals and 14 points through 30 contests.



Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) returned from a four-game absence Friday, placing a nice saucer pass right on the tape for an assist and winning 12 of 15 faceoffs as Farjestad BK fell to Rogle 5-4. Asplund was unable to get a point Saturday as Farjestad again fell to Rogle 2-1. Asplund has collected 16 points (3+13) in 31 games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: We love Rasmus Asplund here in the Prospects Bunker. Another example of why is this deft saucer in tight in Friday's loss. #Sabres

Frolunda HC sniper Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) notched assists in wins over IF Malmo Redhawks and Djurgarden IF before coming up empty in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Lulea HF. In 43 games, Olofsson has hit for nine goals and 23 points.

Djurgarden IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) was shut out in limited work over the week's three games. In 13 appearances since returning from ankle surgery, Possler has two goals and one assist.

Almtuna IS goaltender Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) won one and lost one last week, making 21 saves in a 4-1 win over IK Oskarshamn on Wednesday and stopping 31 of 33 shots Friday in a 2-1 loss to Tingsryds AIF. Johansson is 14-16 on the year with a 2.20 GAA, .915 save% and three shutouts.

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker's website, 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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