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Guhle has 4-point outing in return from injury

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) returned to the Prince George lineup Friday, notching a career-high four points that included both the second shorthanded goal of his Western Hockey League career and his third game-winner of the season as the Cougars cruised to an 8-4 victory over Kamloops. 

Guhle, who missed all of February with an ankle injury, added to his point total at 9:53 of the second period when he took a pass above the left circle and quickly drilled a shot high glove-side to give Prince George the 5-1 lead. Guhle finished the game with a plus-5 rating.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Brendan Guhle returns to the PG lineup and gets a short-handed goal as part of his career-high four-point night (1+3) #Sabres pic.twitter.com/UmnPmKczNQ

Guhle was again a defensive anchor on Saturday, finishing with no points and a plus-1 rating as the Cougars closed out the two-game set against the Blazers with a 6-1 win. 

Guhle has taken his game to the next level since being dealt to Prince George, posting 11 goals, 24 points and a plus-13 rating through 27 games. He has 28 total points (13+15) in 42 games between the Cougars and Prince Albert.


WHL

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored the overtime winner Wednesday as Lethbridge got past Brandon 3-2. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Giorgio Estephan chips a backhand in OT for his 28th goal of the year as Lethbridge edges Brandon 3-2 #Sabres pic.twitter.com/sUejcAlWBO

Estephan snatched a pair of helpers in Friday's 5-2 win over Prince Albert, and then extended his point streak to six games the following night with a two-goal, two-assist effort in a 5-4 overtime triumph at Saskatoon. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Giorgio Estephan GE brings good things to life with two goals and two assists to elevate his stat line to 30-50-80 (62GP) #Sabres pic.twitter.com/VEgqXLvnJe

Estephan is currently tied for 13th in league scoring with 80 points (30+50) in 62 games.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) broke down the left side and scored his first goal of the season Saturday as the Raiders pounded Kootenay 8-1. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Prince Albert D Vojtech Budik breaks the seal with his first goal of the season. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/3cZuzGq9H0

Budik, who began the week with an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss to Medicine Hat before getting blanked in Friday's loss to Lethbridge, has gathered 26 points in 56 games, including 12 points in his last 15 contests.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) continued to be a steady defensive force last week as Kelowna won all of their contests to maintain a hold on second place in the B.C. Division standings. Stephens has appeared in 61 games, securing career bests of 11 goals and 33 points while logging a monstrous plus-28 rating.

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) was blanked in his only contest last week as Red Deer dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Swift Current. Hagel is ranked second in team scoring with 56 points (22+34) in 58 games. 


OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) scored with 40 seconds remaining in regulation Friday as London scored five unanswered goals to earn the 5-4 triumph at Kitchener. 

Pu, who went without a point in Saturday's 4-1 loss at Windsor, has 34 goals (2nd in the OHL) and 79 points (8th) through 56 outings.

Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) combined for an even rating and five shots on goal last week as Mississauga rolled to three victories, twice over Hamilton and once over Sarnia. Osmanski has two goals and seven points in 51 games.


QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) was blanked early in the week in a loss to Blainville-Boisbriand and in a win over Halifax, but got back on the score sheet Sunday with one assist in the Screaming Eagles' 5-1 loss to Saint John. 

Glotov has 13 goals and 48 points in 59 games.


NCAA

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) connected on a one-timer for his 11th goal of the year Friday and added an assist as St. Cloud State toppled Colorado College 5-2. The junior forward was kept off the scoresheet the next night in the Huskies' 2-1 loss to the Tigers, leaving him with 11 goals and 17 points in 34 contests.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Judd Peterson calls for it twice and finally gets it to pot his 11th goal of the season in SCSU's win over CC #Sabres pic.twitter.com/2CuYlWXW0Z

St. Cloud State rearguard Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) picked up an assist in Friday's win, and showed his abrasive side on Saturday with 16 penalty minutes including a late game misconduct in the 2-1 loss. Borgen has 12 points (2+10) and a plus-4 rating through 33 games.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) sat out Friday and produced a plus-2 rating Saturday as Providence eliminated Massachusetts from the Hockey East Tournament with 3-0 and 5-1 victories. 

Florentino has nine goals and 16 points in 28 games for the Friars, who move on to the quarterfinal round to take on Notre Dame.

Massachusetts defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) logged back-to-back minus-2 ratings in the season-ending losses to Providence. Chukarov concludes his second collegiate season with two goals, eight points and 71 shots on goal in 36 outings. 

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) saw his season come to an end over the weekend as Brown was swept by Quinnipiac 6-1 and 5-1 in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament. Willman ends his junior campaign with 11 goals and 26 points in 31 games for the four-win Bears.

Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) totaled four shots on goal as Penn State lost to Wisconsin 7-4 on Friday before rebounding with a 6-0 win the next night to earned the B1G conference split. Murray has captured one assist and 16 shots on goal through his first dozen games.

Defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) saw his freshman season come to end as Connecticut suffered 3-1 and 6-2 losses at Northeastern in the first round of the Hockey East Tournament. Nyberg was effective after joining the Huskies for the second semester, notching one goal and five assists in 16 games.

Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) enjoyed much-needed rest in preparation for their second round showdown with Providence next weekend. Petersen has started all 34 games for the Fighting Irish, going 19-10-5 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Notre Dame will continue to be without the services of junior forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round), who is out for the year with an undisclosed issue. Hurley had four goals and 16 points in 21 games. 

Boston College sophomores, forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round), were off last week as the Eagles earned a first-round bye for the Hockey East Tournament. 

Brown has 22 points (7+15) and a plus-17 rating through 30 contests, while Fitzgerald has produced five goals and 20 points in 33 appearances. Boston College next hosts Vermont in a Hockey East Tournament quarterfinal series beginning Friday.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) and top-seeded Harvard had a bye week as the ECAC Hockey Tournament got underway. Malone will look to add to his 32 points (14+18) when the Crimson host Yale in a quarterfinal series starting Friday.


Sweden

After recording one shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Skelleftea AIK, Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) intercepted a pass in his own zone and took it back the other way for a backhand finish Thursday as Farjestad BK blanked Lulea HF 5-0. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Rasmus Asplund steals the puck at his own blue and takes it all the way down for the backhand finish. Kid is a player. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/TJ3HDbadkH

Asplund tied his season high with three hits on Saturday in a 1-0 victory over HV 71, giving him five goals and 13 assists in 37 games entering Tuesday's regular season finale versus IF Malmo Redhawks.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) went without a point last week as Frolunda HC won two of their three tilts. The power play specialist has collected nine goals and 26 points with one game left on the regular season schedule.

Djurgardens IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) was blanked in Wednesday and Friday wins over Vaxjo Lakers HC and IF Malmo Redhawks, but earned one assist Saturday to snap an 11-game point drought as his club again defeated Malmo 4-0. Possler has four points (2+2) in 19 games. 

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) stopped 25 of 27 shots Wednesday as Almtuna IS held on for a 3-2 victory over HC Vita Hasten. Johansson, who was given a rest in Saturday's regular season finale, went 17-18 with a 2.26 GAA and .913 save percentage. 

Almtuna IS finished the round robin season in sixth place, setting the stage for their participation in a six-team playoff for the right to play their way into the SHL next season.

 

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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