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Malone, Willman have big weeks for collegiate teams

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

It was a big weekend for the Sabres' Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference prospects as Harvard's Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) and Brown University forward Max Willman (2014, fifth round) supplied strong efforts for their respective squads.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Sean Malone gets to the net for goal #10 in game #13

Malone posted his second three-point night of the year Friday, snatching a goal in the paint and adding a pair of helpers as the Crimson downed Quinnipiac 5-2. Malone, who produced five shots on goal in Saturday's 5-2 triumph over Princeton, has rung up 10 goals and 19 points through his first 14 games.

On Sunday, Willman clicked for a three-point night of his own, scoring twice to go along with one assist as Brown was defeated by New Hampshire 7-4.

The two-goal game, Willman's first in his three-year collegiate career with the Bears, elevates him to 16 points (7+9) in 15 games, putting him over a point-per-game pace for the first time as a collegian.


Tweet from @SabresProspects: Cliff Pu cleans up for his 25th of the season in London's win over Sudbury

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) assisted on London's only goal Tuesday in a 5-1 loss to Windsor, and then broke out with goals in both Friday and Sunday contests to boost his season totals to 26 goals and 57 points through 36 contests. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cliff Pu wants it, gets it, smacks it for his 26th goal of the year. Hashtag what can Pu do for you #Sabres


Defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) netted an even rating and one shot on goal as Mississauga won two of three games last week. The stay-at-home defender has four points (1+3) in 34 games.


Red Deer winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) left Friday's win over Vancouver early with an undisclosed injury, and was held out of the lineup Saturday as the Rebels fell to Lethbridge. Hagel has connected for 18 goals and 39 points in 38 appearances this season.

In Tuesday action, Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) gathered a pair of first-period goal and added an assist as Lethbridge fell to Swift Current 5-4.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Estephan with 2+1 last night, now riding a five-game point streak (4+7). Estephan for the season: 35GP 21-22-43. First one last night:

Estephan was blanked the next night in a 4-1 loss at Moose Jaw, but recorded back-to-back two-assist outings on Friday and Saturday in wins over Edmonton and Red Deer. Estephan has taken his game to a new level in recent weeks, upping his season totals to 21 goals and 47 points in 38 games.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) was blanked his return to lineup Friday as the Raiders were pounded by Tri-City 7-1. Budik got back on track with a helper in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Swift Current, leave the Czech defender with 10 assists and a minus-15 rating through 32 outings.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) notched one assists over the weekend as Prince George split a pair of games with Victoria. Guhle has captured nine goals and 15 points in 29 games, including 11 points (7+4) in 14 games since being dealt to the Cougars.

Kelowna rearguard Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged a cumulative minus-3 rating in the week's three games. Stephens has been excellent for the Rockets all season long, posting seven goals and 16 points in 37 appearances.


Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) picked up an assist Wednesday to extend his point streak to four games in Cape Breton's 6-3 doubling of Saint John. Glotov, who went without a point in the three remaining games of the week, has collected six goals and 32 points in 38 games.


Boston College sophomore Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) logged three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating Sunday as Boston College bested Providence 3-1 at Frozen Fenway in Boston. Brown places second in team scoring with 18 points (6+12) through 23 contests.

Fresh off a gold-medal winning performance with the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) logged a plus-1 rating in the win over Providence, leaving him with five goals and 13 points heading into the teeth of the second half schedule.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped 27 shots Friday to earn his fifth consecutive win as Notre Dame defeated a feisty Michigan Tech squad 3-1. 

Petersen started his 71st consecutive contest on Saturday, making 30 saves in 4-2 loss to the Huskies.
The third-year netminder is 12-7-2 on the year with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

After missing last weekend's games due to an injury suffered in the Friday pre-game skate, Connor Hurley (2013, second round) returned to action in the set with Michigan Tech, posting one shot on goal in series split. Hurley has appeared in 19 games for the Fighting Irish, producing four goals, 16 points, and a plus-5 rating.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) contributed one assist Sunday as Massachusetts dropped a 5-3 decision to Boston University. Chukarov has one goal and five points in 22 games. 

Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) finished with an even rating Friday in St. Cloud States 3-2 loss to Miami, and did not play the following night as the Huskies were swept by the RedHawks 4-1. Borgen has nine points (1+8) and a plus-4 rating in 19 games.

St. Cloud State centerman Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) went without a point over the weekend in the losses to Miami. Peterson has scored in just one of his last 11 games. Through 20 games, he has totaled nine goals, 13 points and 60 shots on goal.

Defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) was unable to record a point for the third straight contest Sunday as Providence was beaten by Boston College 3-1. The senior defender has five goals and 12 points while appearing in 16 of the Friars' 19 contests this season.

Freshman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) recorded one assist for the second consecutive game as Connecticut lost to Yale 4-2. Nyberg has played three collegiate games since joining the Huskies for th second semester, producing two assists and here shots on goal.

Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) was officially added to the Penn State roster for the second half of the season, but was unable to crack the lineup as the Nittany Lions split a weekend set at Ohio State.


Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) picked up one assist Tuesday to extend his point streak to six games as Frolunda HC blanked Farjestad BK 5-0. Olofsson was unable to point in the final two games of the week, leaving him with eight goals and 18 points through 34 contests.

After being recalled to Swedish Hockey League club Brynas IF, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) stopped 18 shots Thursday to get the shutout in a 1-0 victory over Farjestad BK.

Johansson earned another start Saturday, stopping 28 of 32 shots on in a 4-1 loss to Vaxjo Lakers HC to finish his top-club stay with a 2-0 mark, a 2.00 GAA and a .920 save percentage before being returned on loan to Almtuna IS of the second division.

Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) did not appear in any SHL action with Farjestad BK due to his deployment with Sweden's National Junior Team. Asplund has three goals and 11 points in 25 games.

Djurgarden IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) remains out of action after undergoing pre-season ankle surgery. He has yet to play a game this season.


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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