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Pu extends point streak to 18 games for London

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

With American Thanksgiving right around the corner, scores of Sabres prospects abroad are stepping up for their respective clubs with big goals, steady point production and rock-solid goaltending.

This week's report features a lengthy point streak, a collegiate defenseman emerging as a national leader at his position and a Swedish goaltender quietly putting together an excellent statistical season despite uneven goal support.

 

OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) continued his early season roll, scoring four goals and five assists in the week's four outings as London extending their winning streak to six-straight games. 

Among Pu's 15 goals this season are four power-play markers, one shorthanded, and one game-winner. The electrifying start has seen Pu record points in 18 consecutive games and 19 of 20 since being returned to the Knights from Buffalo. His 39 total points are tied for fourth-most among Ontario Hockey League skaters.

Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) provided an even rating and two shots on goal as the Steelheads dropped decisions to Oshawa and Guelph. Osmanski has four points (1+3) in 19 games for a struggling Steelheads squad that is currently second-to-last in the Eastern Conference standings.


WHL

Top defensive pair anchor Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) was the centerpiece of a Western Hockey League trade Friday, being sent from the lowly Prince Albert Raiders to one of the more explosive teams in all of junior hockey, the Prince George Cougars. Guhle, who will make his Prince George debut Tuesday versus Regina, gathered two goals and four points in 15 games prior to being dealt.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) ended a four-game goal drought Sunday, stroking a power-play one-timer and adding an assist as Lethbridge got past Portland 6-5 in overtime. Estephan, who recorded one assist in the three games of the week leading up to his outburst, has collected 17 points (9+8) and a minus-14 rating through 19 games.

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) saw his six-game point streak snapped Tuesday as Red Deer fell to Swift Current 3-2 in overtime. Hagel got back on the board Saturday, picking up one assist in the Rebels 7-2 loss to Medicine Hat, giving him 21 points (8+13) in as many games. 

Defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) ended a seven-game point slumber Sunday with one assist in Kelowna's 5-1 victory at Victoria. Stephens has been skating well this season for the Rockets, collecting four goals and eight points through 21 contests.  

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) logged a combined minus-4 rating as the Raiders fell to Victoria, Vancouver and Prince George to push their losing skid to five games. At the 20-game mark, Budik has five assists and a minus-6 rating.


QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) earned one assist Thursday in Cape Breton's 5-4 overtime loss to Charlottetown, and added two more helpers on Saturday as the Screaming Eagles returned the favor with a 5-3 triumph over the Islanders. Glotov has points in four consecutive contests to give him 20 (4+16) in 21 games. 


NCAA

Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) blasted a one-timer home for his fifth goal of the year Friday as Boston College dropped a 5-2 decision at Harvard. The sophomore is currently tied for second among defensemen nationally with 13 points (5+8) through his first 13 games of the year.

Boston College forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) batted in his own rebound at the doorstep for his fifth goal of the year in Friday's loss to Harvard. Brown has 13 points in his first 14 games for the Eagles, tying Fitzgerald and two others for second in team scoring. 

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) saw his three-game goal streak snapped Friday as he provided one assist in Brown's 3-2 loss at Clarkson. On Saturday, Willman scored with a two-man advantage as the Bears were hammered by St. Lawrence 7-2. Willman has points in five straight games and goals in four of the five to boost his point total to five through his first eight outings.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) pounded a slap shot through traffic for his fourth goal of the year Friday and added one assist as Providence came up short 5-4 at Northeastern. Florentino was unable to get on the scoresheet Saturday as the Friars earned the weekend split with a 5-4 win. The senior defender has collected seven points in eight games and has yet to take a minor penalty.

Junior goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 31 saves Thursday as Notre Dame was upended by Massachusetts-Lowell 4-1. Petersen returned for his 62nd-straight start in the Notre Dame crease on Friday, making 21 stops as the Fighting Irish defeated the River Hawks 4-1. Petersen is 6-4-2 this season with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.

Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) went to the net with his stick down and buried a feed for his third goal of the year in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Massachusetts-Lowell. Hurley, who netted one assist in Saturday's win over the River Hawks, has collected 12 points (3+9) in his first dozen games.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) snatched one goal and one assist Friday as Harvard ended Boston College's 10-game unbeaten streak with a 5-2 victory. Malone has points in three-straight games, leaving him with four goals and nine points through his first seven contests.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) stroked a one-timer from the right point Friday for his first goal of the year as Massachusetts lost 6-2 at New Hampshire. Chukarov has three points in his first 10 games while continuing to pace the Minutemen attack with 23 shots on goal.

Third-year forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) produced three shots on goal each game as St. Cloud State was swept by North Dakota by scores of 4-0 and 3-0. Peterson remains tied for the team lead with 10 points (7+3) through the Huskies' first 12 games.

St. Cloud State rearguard William Borgen (2015, fourth round) posted four shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in the shutout losses to North Dakota. Through 12 games, Borgen has collected seven assists and a plus-4 rating.


USHL

Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) recorded one assist and five shots on goal Friday as Youngstown dropped a 4-3 overtime decision at Tri-City. The Penn State commit was shut out of the scoring in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Storm. Murray has 15 points (4+11) in his first 18 appearances with the Phantoms.

Madison defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) logged a plus-2 rating in Friday's 4-0 shutout of Chicago, and supplied a helper on Saturday as the Capitols edged Dubuque 5-4 in overtime. Nyberg has been steady on the Madison blue line, netting a power play goal, four assists and 22 shots on goal in his first 16 North American contests.


Sweden

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) connected for a goal and an assist Tuesday for his first multiple-point game in a Frolunda HC uniform to help his club to a 5-0 blanking of Orebro HK. Olofsson was held without a point in a 4-3 win over Farjestad BK on Thursday, and provided another assist Saturday in a 2-1 win over HV 71. Through 20 games, Olofsson has four goals and 10 points. 

Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) went without a point as Farjestad BK suffered Tuesday and Thursday defeats to HV 71 and Frolunda HC, but got back on track with one assist in 20:20 of work on Saturday in a 5-3 loss to Rogle BK. Asplund has three goals and eight points in 19 games.

In HockeyAllsvenskan action, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 25 saves Wednesday as Almtuna IS claimed a 7-3 win over IK Oskarshamn. Johansson returned to the crease Friday, stopping all 18 shots for his third shutout of the year in a 2-0 blanking of Tingsryds AIF. Johansson has battled to an 8-7 record with a 1.67 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Djurgarden IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) remained sidelined with a lower body injury. The MODO product has yet to skate for his new club after suffering the injury in the final week of preseason play.

 

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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