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Olofsson on pace for 20 goals in Swedish Hockey League

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Frolunda HC left-winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) has always been known for his high-velocity shot, and following a nine-goal season last year in the Swedish Hockey League, it appears he is again finding his scoring rhythm as he a targets a 20-goal campaign.

Olofsson sniped a one-timer home from the right face-off circle Thursday for a power-play goal as Frolunda HC fell to Vaxjo Lakers HC 7-3.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Thurs: Victor Olofsson gets to his usual spot in the right circle and swipes a one-timer for the power-play goal #Sabres pic.twitter.com/IfF4I247GC

Olofsson scored his sixth goal of the year Saturday, the game-winner, with a blistering one-timer from high between the face-off circles as Frolunda blanked Linkoping 4-0. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: ICYMI earlier: Nice flex and velocity, and of course accuracy, as Victor Olofsson gets his sixth of the year pic.twitter.com/oz8nfjJU1y

Olofsson, who began the week Tuesday with a season-high five shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to Brynas IF, is heating up with four goals in his last six games. He has nine points and 33 shots on goal through 14 SHL contests.

With six total goals in the 14 games, which is tied for seventh-most in the SHL, Olofsson will need to maintain his current pace and stay healthy through the remaining 38 regular-season games to achieve the 20-goal benchmark. 


OHL

In Friday action, Cliff Pu (2016, third round) scored his second goal of the season and added a pair of assists as London blew past Flint 8-2.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Cliff Pu connects for his second goal of the year plus two assists as London blows out Flint pic.twitter.com/P9eOwHX9ta

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Cliff Pu picks a pocket and puts home a rebound for his third goal of the year in London's Saturday shootout win at Hamilton #Sabres pic.twitter.com/tdn3WCjdAV

Pu continued to ramp up his game Saturday, stealing a puck in the neutral zone and finishing off a rebound for another goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Hamilton.

Pu, who was shut out on Sunday as the Knights were blanked by Guelph 4-0, has 10 points (3+7) in 14 games while winning 61 per cent of his face-offs. 

Defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) recorded two assists last week as Peterborough won twice in three tries. Through 15 games, Osmanski has one goal, seven assists, and 28 shots on goal.


WHL

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) batted home a rebound Wednesday to snap his nine-game goal drought as Red Deer was defeated by Medicine Hat 5-2.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Brandon Hagel backs in, deflects a shot for the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation as Red Deer gets past Spokane in overtime pic.twitter.com/qk6o9OnT2M

Hagel remained productive on Friday, backing into the crease and tipping an on-coming point shot for a goal in the final minute of regulation to force overtime in the Rebels' 4-3 win over Spokane.

Hagel, who sat out Saturday's 4-3 win over Regina due to illness, got back at it on Sunday with an assist in the Rebels' 5-4 overtime loss at Kootenay.

Hagel enters November tied for 31st in league scoring with 18 points (5+13) in 14 contests.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) produced four shots on goal last weeks as the Raiders earned victories over Victoria and Brandon to push their unbeaten streak to five games. 

In 13 games, the Czech defender has one goal, three assists and 36 shots on goal.


QMJHL

After picking up an assist in a 5-2 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday, Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) one-timed a pretty feed from the lower right circle Friday as Shawinigan defeated Quebec 5-3.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Vasily Glotov creeps down to the lower right circle on the PP and one-times home his eighth goal in his last nine games #Sabres pic.twitter.com/zRGeXRHjhG

Glotov, who saw his seven-game point streak snapped Sunday in a 4-3 loss at Baie-Comeau, has collected 13 points (8+5) and 60 shots on goal in 16 outings for the last-place Cataractes.

All of Glotov's team-leading eight goals, which tie him for 11th-best in the league, have come in his last nine games.

 

NCAA

Casey Mittelstadt (2017, first round) connected for a pair of assists Friday as Minnesota skated to a 3-1 victory over Clarkson.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Casey Mittelstadt picks up two assists as Minnesota defeats Clarkson 3-1. Mittelstadt: 6GP 2-4-6, +6, 19 SOG #Sabres pic.twitter.com/AaFGfrXXt8

Mittelstadt continued to produce Saturday, setting up the game-winning goal and adding three shots as the Gophers completed the sweep of Clarkson with a 2-1 win.

The freshman has seven points (2+5) in seven games. He has recorded a point in six of the seven contests he has appeared in while leading the team with a plus-6 rating and 3.14 shots on goal per game. 

After recording two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to Providence, Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) made a deft deflection of a point shot for a goal Saturday as the Eagles were trounced by Denver 6-1. Brown is tied for the team lead with two goals as part of his three-point output through seven games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Christopher Brown with a nice deflection goal last night as Boston College lost to DU 6-1. Casey Fitzgerald with the second assist. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/PaAJiSe4yR

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) rang up six shots on goal Friday in a 2-1 loss to Providence, and picked up a secondary helper on Brown's goal in the 6-1 loss to Denver on Saturday. Fitzgerald is now in sole possession of the team's point lead with five (2+3) through seven games while leading the Eagles with 23 shots on goal.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) opened the season with an assist in each of his first two games as Brown split their home-and-home set with a 4-1 win at Yale on Friday and a 5-2 loss to the Bulldogs Saturday on home ice. 

Providence defenseman Jacob Bryson (2017, fourth round) produced six shots on goal Friday in the Friars' 2-1 win over Boston College, and returned the next night with a power-play assist in a 3-0 blanking of Boston University. 

Through seven games, Bryson leads the Friars with five assists and tops all team defensemen with 16 shots on goal.

Linus Weissbach (2017, seventh round) sat out the weekend with an injury as Wisconsin split a pair of non-conference games with St. Lawrence. The freshman winger has collected three goals on and five points in his first seven collegiate contests.

Junior defenseman Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) and senior forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) were idle last week as St. Cloud State prepares for a conference set with rival Minnesota Duluth.

Borgen has amassed four assists through five games, while Peterson has yet to score while producing five helpers.

Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) was scratched Friday as Penn State earned a 5-4 overtime victory over Michigan.

Murray was inserted back into the lineup Saturday on the Nittany Lions' top offensive unit, notching two shots on goal in a 5-2 loss to the Wolverines.

Murray has one assist and a minus-4 rating in the seven appearances.

Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) returned from his lower-body injury Saturday as UConn lost at Miami 7-1. Nyberg missed the previous six games after suffering the injury during the Huskies' opening night tilt at Maine.

Massachusetts defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) remained sidelined last week as the Minutemen split a conference series with Merrimack. Chukarov is expected to return to action in November.


Europe

Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) skated for 19:16 Tuesday, recording two shots on goal and a minus-2 rating as Farjestad BK dropped a 3-1 decision to Vaxjo Lakers HC.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Rasmus Asplund misses a great chance early, finishes with assists on both F��rjestad goals in a 2-1 win over Bryn��s. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/ZI87Hj10Ps

Asplund bounced back Thursday with a helper in a 4-1 win over Brynas IF, and notched a pair of assists, his eighth and ninth points of the year, as Farjestad again edged Brynas 2-1 on Saturday.

Asplund has points in two straight games, but has gone 11 in a row without a goal.

Marcus Davidsson (2017, second round) took a pass in the slot and quickly fired for his first goal of the year Tuesday as Djurgarden edged Orebro 2-1.

Davidsson won eight of his 12 face-offs in a 2-1 win over Skelleftea AIK on Friday, and closed the week by skating for 11:00 as Djurgarden again got past SAIK 2-1.

Davidsson has four points (1+3) while averaging 10:40 of work through his first 12 games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Luukkonen save earlier in the period with team on PK...reads play, calmly gets over, takes away angle and lower shelf. pic.twitter.com/OSRN03sj18

In Friday action, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (2017, second round) made 28 saves as LeKi was blanked by Keupa HT 3-0.

Luukkonen earned the start again on Saturday, allowing three goals on 32 shots as LeKi suffered their second consecutive defeat to KeuPa HT by a 4-2 score.

The 6-foot-4 netminder has posted a 6-4 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

Defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (2017, third round) played in one game last week, skating for 25:11 as Ilves U20 lost to TUTO Hockey 3-2.

At the 20-game mark, Laaksonen has collected one goal, seven assists and a minus-5 rating while averaging 23:51 of action per contest.

 

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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