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Glotov has strong North American debut

Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report is back for the 2016-17 season

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

The bulk of the Buffalo Sabres' prospects got back to work with their home clubs last week, with many applying their NHL training camp experience to a quick statistical start.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) logged a successful regular-season debut Thursday by scoring a late goal in Cape Breton's 8-3 rout of Charlottetown.
Following a Screaming Eagles empty-net tally to make it 7-3, Glotov took a pass down the left wing and released a quick wrist shot high glove side for his first official North American marker with 1:13 left in regulation.

Glotov closed the week with a one-assist effort in Friday's 3-2 loss to Saint John, and added another helper in a 6-4 loss to Halifax the following night. The Russian rookie will shoot for points in four-straight contests when Cape Breton hosts Rimouski on Wednesday.



Cliff Pu (2016, third round) scored his first goal of the year Friday and added an assist as defending Memorial Cup champion London was defeated by Sault Ste. Marie 3-2 in a shootout.

At 7:10 of the opening frame, Pu capitalized on a turnover deep in the Greyhounds zone with a quick shot blocker side to give the Knights the 1-0 lead. Pu closed the week Saturday with four shots on goal as London got past Barrie 3-1. The Knights are off until Friday when they host Peterborough.

Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) produced three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating over the weekend as the Steelheads were dealt a pair of losses 4-1 to Windsor and 7-4 to North Bay.



After scoring six points (4+2) in three preseason games, Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) experienced a much different fate upon returning from his first professional training camp, going without a point as Red Deer defeated Medicine Hat 4-3 on Friday before dropping weekend decisions to Brandon and Regina. 

Middle pair defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged a cumulative minus-3 rating in his first week back with Kelowna as the Rockets dropped three consecutive decisions to the Prince George Cougars. 

Prince Albert defender Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) looked steady in his return to junior action, finishing with an even rating Friday in a 5-2 loss to Swift Current, and then logging a plus-2 rating Sunday as the Raiders ended the week with a 5-2 win over Edmonton. 



University of Wisconsin commit Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) scored his first goal of the season Friday as Madison pitched a 4-0 shutout of Omaha. Nyberg circled high to the point and let go of a wrist shot for a 5-on-3 power play marker with 5:30 remaining in regulation to give the Capitols a 3-0 lead.

Taking Nyberg's lead, Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) gobbled up a rebound for his first-ever USHL goal Saturday and added one assist for his first multi-point game as Youngstown cruised past Team USA Under-17 7-1. Murray, who earned one assist in Friday's 6-1 win over Team USA, goes for points in three-straight contests Friday versus Nyberg and the Capitols.



Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) connected on a one-timer in overtime Sunday to thrust Farjestad BK to a 4-3 Swedish Hockey League victory over Linkoping HC.

Exactly one minute into the extra session with each team down a man, Asplund drifted down inside the right circle to swipe a Joakim Nygard pass and complete the come-from-behind victory in front of a raucous home crowd. The marker was Asplund's first of the season, seventh of his SHL career and second-ever game-winner.

On Thursday, Asplund saw his two-game production run snapped as Farjestad was defeated by the Malmo Redhawks 4-2. Asplund posted a minus-2 rating while winning 64 percent of his draws. The 18-year-old centerman capped the week with 13:48 of work in a 5-2 loss to HK Karlskrona.

Through four games, Asplund has one goal, one assist, and a minus-2 rating.

Elsewhere in the SHL, Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) buried a backhand at the side of the net for his first goal of the season Sunday as Frolunda HC defeated Djurgarden IF 4-1. Olofsson, who contributed one shot on goal Thursday in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over HV71, has collected one point in five games with his new club.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) stopped 21 of 23 shots Wednesday as Almtuna IS came short in a 2-1 loss to IK Pantern. After manning the net for Almtuna's first five outings, Johansson was given a rest in Friday's 2-1 loss to IK Oskarshamn. Through five HockeyAllsvenskan starts, Johansson is 2-3-1 with a 1.21 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

Djurgarden IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) remained sidelined last week with an ankle injury. The 21 year old is expected to be out until late December.


NCAA Exhibition

In Sunday action, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored an even-strength marker from the left faceoff circle to earn the game's third star, and second-year rearguard William Borgen (2015, fourth round) chipped in one assist as No. 7 St. Cloud State dominated Regina 6-2. The Huskies being conference play in two weeks against No. 19 Minnesota State.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) got the start for Notre Dame, stopping 20 of 21 shots as the No. 9 Fighting Irish earned a 5-1 triumph over Team USA Under-18. Notre Dame junior forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) did not dress for Notre Dame, who hosts Arizona State for a non-conference set beginning Friday.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) recorded one assist and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) supplied two shots on goal as No. 5 Boston College claimed a 4-2 win over Carleton. The Eagles next head to Denver for Friday's Icebreaker Tournament opener versus Air Force.

Senior blueliner Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) registered one assist as No. 10 Providence blanked Acadia 3-0. The Friars kick off the regular-season schedule Friday at home versus Miami University.

On Saturday, sophomore defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) produced a pair of assists Saturday as Massachusetts kicked off the exhibition season with a 7-5 victory over CIS opponent Dalhousie. Massachusetts welcomes Colorado College to town this weekend for a pair of non-conference contests.

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, 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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