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Hagel's strong season continues for Red Deer

Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report for the week of Nov. 28, 2016

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

While the news cycle from the 2016 Sabres' draft class has been dominated by a prolific Ontario Hockey League point producer, a scrappy fifth-round selection from the Western Hockey League has quietly settled into a developmental groove to grab his share of the praise. His latest effort in doing so arrived this past Friday as part of a very productive week.

Red Deer winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) potted his second hat trick in the month of November Friday, including the game-winner, as the Rebels smoked Kootenay 9-2.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Brandon Hagel captures his second November hat trick as Red Deer hammers Kootenay #Sabres

Hagel kicked off the week by racking up two helpers in a 3-0 win over Calgary on Tuesday, and kept it going with a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-5 shootout loss to Kootenay. He'd end the week Saturday by drifting to the high slot for a tip goal and adding another helper in a 5-2 loss to Moose Jaw.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Brandon Hagel gets between the hash marks to tip his 13th of the year. Goals in three straight, points in 11 of his last 12. #Sabres

Hagel has collected goals in three straight games, points in five straight and in 11 of his last 12 contests to boost his total to 30 (13+17) through 25 games. He has three game-winning goals, two on the power play and two while shorthanded.



Lethbridge centerman Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) notched an assist in Friday's 4-3 win over Swift Current, and then buried a backdoor feed for his 10th goal of the year and added two helpers to propel the Hurricanes to a 4-2 doubling of Calgary the following night. Estephan has points in three straight outings to boost his total to 21 (10+11) in as many games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Lethbridge forward Giorgio Estephan finishes the back door play for the game-winning goal and 10th of the year #Sabres

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) jumped into the play and unloaded a high wrist shot for his fifth goal of the year Friday as Kelowna dropped a 6-2 decision at Vitoria. Stephens maintained the hot hand Saturday, polishing off a pretty give-and-go play with another high snipe to earn the game's second star in a 3-2 overtime triumph of Regina. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Devante Stephens gives, goes, scores to give him goals in back-to-back games #Sabres

The third-year defender is reaching new developmental heights on many fronts this season, along the way collecting 10 points (6+4) and a plus-3 rating in 23 games.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) logged a successful Prince George debut Tuesday, skating down the left boards and picking the short-side corner for his first third goal of the year in the Cougars' 5-2 victory over Regina. 

Guhle, who was unable to produce in a 3-0 loss at Everett on Saturday, got back on the score sheet Sunday by drilling a one-timer past the goalie from the right point in a 6-2 loss at Portland. Guhle has four goals and six points through 18 contests. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Prince George D Brendan Guhle strokes a one-timer for a power play tally in a 6-3 loss at Portland. #Sabres

In Wednesday action, Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) snapped a five-game drought with an assist as the Raiders fell to Swift Current 3-1. Budik recorded a minus-1 rating in a 7-1 loss to Medicine Hat on Saturday, leaving him with six assists this season for a floundering last-place Raiders squad that has lost its last seven games. 



Cliff Pu (2016, third round) saw his 18-game point streak snapped Thursday in London's 2-1 shootout loss at Owen Sound, but got right on track Friday with a goal and an assist in the Knights' 4-1 win over Barrie. Pu kept the production running Saturday with a late insurance marker in a 5-3 victory over Guelph, giving him 18 goals and 42 points through his first 23 games of the season.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cliff Pu takes advantage of a line change and cashes his 17th of the year #Sabres

Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) totaled four shots on goal in the week's two appearances as the Steelheads extended their winless skid to six games with losses to Sault Ste. Marie and Owen Sound. Osmanski has four points (1+3) and a minus-8 rating in 21 contests.



After seeing his four-game point streak snapped in a Tuesday loss to Saint John and enduring another quiet night in Saturday's win over Moncton, Cape Breton forward Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) notched one assist Sunday as the Screaming Eagles cruised past Shawinigan 6-2. Through 24 games, the 19-year-old Russian has amassed 21 points (4+17) while averaging just over two shots on goal per night.



Providence defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) rebounded nicely from Friday's minus-3 effort in a 5-2 loss to Merrimack, connecting with a one-timer from just inside the blue line and added a pair of assists for his first-ever three-point night in a Friars uniform to help his team to a 3-2 win over Colgate. At the 10-gme mark, the senior defenseman has five goals, 10 points and 33 shots on goal.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Providence D Anthony Florentino drills a PPG as part of his first-ever three-point game in a Friars uniform #Sabres

Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) defenseman went without a point as Boston College defeated Connecticut 5-2 on Tuesday before losing to Minnesota 4-2 on Sunday. Fitzgerald has recorded five goals, 13 points and a plus-7 rating in 15 contests.

Boston College forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) picked up one assist in the Eagles' win over Connecticut, and sent four shots on goal in the loss to Minnesota. Brown has appeared in all 16 games this season, notching five goals and 15 points.

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) saw his five-game point streak come to an end Friday as Brown was defeated by Maine 5-1. The third-year forward has four goals and five points for a struggling Bears squad that has won just one of their first nine games.

At the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind., Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 17 saves in Friday's 5-3 win over Holy Cross. The third-year backstop made his 64th straight start on Saturday, stopping 25 of 27 shots as the Fighting Irish were upended by Clarkson 2-0 in the tournament final. Petersen is 7-5-2 this season with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) went to the net with his stick down for his fourth goal of the year and added one assist Friday in the 5-3 win over Holy Cross. Hurley was unable to produce in a 2-0 loss to Clarkson the following night. Hurley is a point-per-game pace with 14 points (4+10) in as many games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Connor Hurley fills the center lane with his stick down and tips home his fourth goal of the season #Sabres

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) potted an empty-net goal Saturday as Harvard got past Bentley 5-2. The senior speedster has a team-best seven goals and 12 total points in nine games for the Crimson. 

At the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) recorded four shots on goal as Massachusetts fell to Vermont 4-2 on Friday. Chukarov contributed one more shot on goal Saturday as the Minutemen recorded a 2-2 tie with St. Lawrence in the third-place game that ultimately was awarded to the Saints via a six-round shootout. Chukarov has one goal and three points through a dozen contests.

St. Cloud State had the weekend off, meaning that sophomore defender William Borgen (2015, fourth round) and the team's leading scorer, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round), will be fresh when the Huskies visit Western Michigan for a two-game conference set beginning Friday.



Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) registered one assist in Youngstown's 4-1 win at Green Bay on Wednesday, and was held without a point Friday and Saturday as the Phantoms split a pair of decisions at Madison. Murray, who has gone without a goal in his last eight games, has 16 points (4+12) in 21 contests.

Madison defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) added one assist to his stat line last week as the Capitols won once in three tries. Nyberg has captured six points (1+5) through his first 19 games.



Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) saw his ice time steadily decrease over three games this past week with Farjestad BK getting Minnesota Wild draft pick Joel Eriksson Ek back in the fold. Asplund did pick up one assist in a 3-1 loss to Orebro HK on Thursday, leaving him with nine points (3+6) in 22 games.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) raced to the net and jammed a loose puck over the goal line Tuesday as Frolunda HC edged the IF Malmo Redhawks 2-1. Olofsson was unable to produce in a win over Rogle BK and a loss to Linkoping HC. In 23 games, Olofsson has connected for five goals and 11 points.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) allowed three goals on 10 shots before getting replaced Wednesday as Almtuna IS posted a 6-5 victory over AIK. Johansson was back in net Saturday, stopping 14 of 16 shots in a 2-1 loss to Sodertalje SK. Johansson is 8-8 this season with a 1.87 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

Djurgarden IF forward Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) remains on the mend after undergoing surgery in September to repair a fractured ankle. His return is unknown at this time.


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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