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Hagel records 6-point night for Red Deer

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) produced a rare feat Saturday, earning a point on all six Red Deer Rebels goals in a 6-2 Western Hockey League triumph over the Victoria Royals.

Hagel's six-point outburst, which equated to two power-play goals and four assists, is the most in a single game for a Sabres prospect since Gatineau Olympiques forward Paul Byron scored four goals and seven points on January 4, 2009 in a 10-2 win over Drummondville.

Hagel's six points were the most for a Sabres WHL prospect since Tyler Ennis poured in six goals for Medicine Hat on February 27, 2009 in a 6-2 victory over Prince Albert.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Brandon Hagel scores twice as part of his six-point night

Hagel had missed three games with a lower body injury before returning to the ice in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Calgary. He continued with an assist in a 3-2 loss to Prince Albert on Friday before exploding for the career night on Saturday.

Through 41 games, the scrappy agitator has produced 20 goals and 46 points while enjoying top-line duty.


Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) went down to one knee to bury a one-timer in the slot Wednesday to help Lethbridge to a 5-1 triumph over Swift Current. Estephan kept up his productive ways Saturday, extending his point streak to eight games with a pair of assists in the Hurricanes' 3-2 overtime victory over Calgary.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Lethbridge centerman Giorgio Estephan goes down to one knee to get goal #24 #Sabres 

Estephan has points in 13 of his last 14 games to elevate his totals to 24 goals and 57 points in 44 contests.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) started the week with back-to-back one-assist efforts as Prince George swept a pair of games with Portland. After going without a point in Friday's 2-1 loss to Moose Jaw, Guhle got back on track by scoring a pair of goals Saturday as the Cougars coughed up a two-goal lead in falling 5-4 in overtime at Kamloops. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Brendan Guhle scores a pair of goals in PG's Saturday loss at Kamloops. Guhle has 9+8 in 21 games since being dealt to PG #Sabres

Guhle has 21 points in 36 games this season, including nine goals and 17 points in 21 outings since being dealt to Prince George from Prince Albert.

Defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) went without a point in the week's four games as Kelowna dropped three straight to Everett, Moose Jaw and Vancouver before snapping the funk with a 4-1 win over Portland on Saturday. Through 43 appearances on the Rockets blueline, Stephens has gathered career bests of eight goals and 19 points. 

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) was held off the scoresheet in a loss to Kootenay and a win over Red Deer, but capped the week with one assist in both Friday's 5-2 victory over Edmonton and Sunday's 3-2 win over Calgary. At the 40-game mark, the Czech defenseman has 14 assists and a minus-17 rating.


Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Vasily Glotov keeps the puck in the zone, goes to the net and knocks in his ninth goal of the year #Sabres

After going without a point in Tuesday 5-4 loss to Halifax, Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) crept down into the slot and scored his ninth goal of the year Saturday and added an assist as Cape Breton stormed past Moncton 7-2. Glotov added his 10th goal in Sunday's 7-1 thrashing of Moncton, leaving him with 38 points through 44 games. 



Cliff Pu (2016, third round) picked up an assist Wednesday as London was defeated by Sarnia 3-2 in a shootout. Pu missed Friday's win over Ottawa with an upper body injury, but returned on Sunday to get another helper in the Knights' 11-2 stomping of Niagara. Pu remains fourth on the OHL leaderboard with 62 points (27+45).

Defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) did not dress last week as Mississauga dropped a pair of games to Peterborough and Oshawa. Osmanski has one goal, six points and a minus-11 rating through 37 games.


Boston College sophomore Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) was blanked Monday in a 3-0 loss at Boston University, but rebounded with a three-assist effort in Friday's 6-1 stomping of Massachusetts. Brown is second team in scoring with 21 points (6+15) in 26 games.

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) recorded a combined a four shots on goal in the loss to Boston University and the victory over Massachusetts. After notching 13 points in his first 13 contests, Fitzgerald has just one assist in his last 10 outings.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) scored his eighth goal of the year Saturday plus an assist as Brown edged Dartmouth 4-3 in overtime. Willman, who posted one shot on goal in Friday's 3-0 loss to Harvard, has produced 18 points (8+10) in 19 games with the Bears.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 31 saves Saturday as Notre Dame blanked New Hampshire 3-0. The shutout was Petersen's fifth of the season and 10th of his Notre Dame career. Petersen, who made 26 saves Friday in a 2-2 tie with the Wildcats, has a 14-8-3 record, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage while starting every games for the Fighting Irish this season.

Connor Hurley (2013, second round) did not play in the weekend set with New Hampshire. The junior centerman has four goals and 16 points in 21 appearances this season.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) registered back-to-back one-assist efforts as Harvard downed Brown 3-0 and played to a 1-1 tie with Yale. Malone has been a consistent producer for the Crimson this season, snatching 10 goals, 22 total points and 69 shots on goal while appearing in all of Harvard's 19 games.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) assisted on the Minutemen's only goal Friday as Massachusetts was blown out by Boston College 6-1. The helper was Chukarov's sixth point of the season (1+5) in his 24th game.

Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) added an assist and four shots on goal to his season stat line Friday as St. Cloud State got past Denver 3-2 in overtime. Borgen supplied one shot on goal the nest night as the Huskies were toppled by the Pioneers 3-1. Borgen has 10 points (1+9) and a plus-5 rating in 23 games.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) contributed a combined three shots on goal in the conference split with Denver. Peterson, who has now gone without a point in his last eight games, has captured nine goals and 13 points in 24 games.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) recorded two shots on goal Friday as Providence defeated Massachusetts-Lowell 4-3, and then was scratched for the second consecutive Saturday as the Friars earned the sweep with a 4-3 win. The senior defenseman has five goals and 12 points while skating in 19 of his team's 24 contests.

Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) was scratched for the second game in a row Friday as Penn State battled to a 3-3 tie with Ohio State. Murray drew back into the lineup Saturday, contributing two shots on goal in a 6-3 loss to the Buckeyes. Murray has one assist in two games since joining the Nittany Lions for the second semester.

Defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) was kept off the scoresheet over the weekend as Connecticut was dropped by Maine 4-0 before falling to Vermont 5-4 on Saturday. Nyberg has played six collegiate contests, recording three assists and six shots on goal.


Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) played an excellent all-around game Thursday, connecting for a pair of primary assists, including one on the overtime winner, as Farjestad BK defeated Lulea HF 3-2.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Rasmus Asplund (74) spins out of trouble and gets a primary helper, then takes it all the way down for another in OT #Sabres

Asplund picked up another helper Saturday to extend his point streak to five games as Farjestad again upended Lulea 5-4. The two-way pivot has amassed 15 points (3+12) in 20 games. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Another savvy play from Rasmus Asplund as he threads an assist to Eriksson-Ek for a tap-in PPG. Asplund has points in five straight

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) swatted home his first goal of the season Thursday as Djurgarden IF fell 3-2 in a shootout to HV 71.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Gustav Possler swats home his first goal of the year

Possler has one goal and one assist in four showings after missing the first 31 games of the season with an ankle injury. 

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was unable to produce in 15:22 of work Thursday in Frolunda HC's 3-2 loss to Skelleftea AIK. The sniping winger has played 36 games this season, collecting eight goals and 18 points.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 22 saves Sunday for his 11th win of the year as Almtuna IS downed HC Vita Hasten 5-1. Johansson, who on Friday stopped seven of nine shots in relief in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to BIK Karlskoga, has played very solid this season en route to posting a 2.02 GAA and .918 save percentage. 


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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