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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres

Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) made his season debut Friday, picking a corner and tipping a point shot to record two late goals as Sudbury lost to Peterborough 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League action. The speedy winger, who was unable to get going as the Wolves were thrashed by Erie 8-1 on Saturday, missed the Wolves' first 11 games while recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the preseason.

With just one win in their first 13 contests, the Wolves are elated to get their reigning MVP back in the lineup. Baptiste cashed 45 goals a season ago, and with Hockey Canada evaluating prospects for this winter’s IIHF World Junior Championship, he’ll be motivated to shine nightly despite the lackluster cast.

Wearing the Team Canada jersey is one of Baptiste’s goals for the season. He produced three points (1+2) in August at Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, and he’ll get another chance to impress on Thursday, Nov. 13 when Team OHL battles Team Russia in Game 3 of the 2014 Subway Super Series. Until then, though, Baptiste will be relied on heavily to revive an anemic offense that averages less than two goals per game.

OHL
Justin Bailey
(2013, second round) saw his career-best nine-game point streak snapped in Kitchener’s 5-4 loss to Owen Sound on Friday. Bailey bounced back Saturday with one assist in the Rangers’ 5-3 win at Plymouth, and then connected for the game-winning goal Sunday in a 6-2 victory over Ottawa. The developing winger enters November with team highs of nine goals and 16 points through his first dozen games.

Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) scored a shorthanded goal Wednesday as Barrie was smoked by Owen Sound 6-1. The fiery forward was ejected from Friday’s 5-4 victory over Kingston after being assessed a match penalty late in the second period. The penalty, stemming from a fight with 2015 draft prospect Lawson Crouse, earned Lemieux an automatic suspension pending league review. Through 11 outings, Lemieux has collected seven goals, 12 points (7+5) and 33 PIM.

Eric Cornel (2014, second round) amassed two assists and his third career fighting major Friday as Peterborough snapped a seven-game losing skid with the 6-4 victory in Sudbury. On Saturday, Cornel logged a minus-two rating as Peterborough was doubled by Sault Ste. Marie 4-2. Through 11 games, Cornel has four goals and five assists.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) picked up a goal and an assist Friday for his fourth two-point effort of the season as Gatineau was outgunned in a 9-6 loss at Halifax. The Czech winger converted a shootout attempt in a 4-3 loss at Shawinigan on Saturday, and completed the week with a helper in Sunday’s 6-4 triumph over Sherbrooke. Karabacek has four goals and eight assists through 15 contests.

WHL
Brycen Martin
(2014, third round) snapped a five-game point drought Friday with two assists as Swift Current defeated Regina 3-1. The double-helping was Martin’s first multiple-point effort of the season, and gives him six points (0+6) through 16 games.

NCAA
Freshman pivot Connor Hurley (2013, second round) scored his first collegiate goal Saturday and added a pair of assists as Notre Dame blanked Niagara 7-0. The night before, Hurley earned two assists for the first multiple-point game of his NCAA career in a 6-3 triumph over the Purple Eagles. The Minnesota native has recorded points in three straight contests for a total of six (1+5) through his first five appearances.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 23 saves for his first collegiate shutout as Notre Dame earned the weekend sweep with a 7-0 shellacking of Niagara. Petersen improves to 2-1 with a 1.34 GAA and .950 save% in his first semester of duty. Notre Dame remains at home next weekend to open the Hockey East schedule versus Vermont.

In Saturday action, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) assisted on the game-winning goal at 8:18 of the third period as No. 9 St. Cloud State earned the weekend split with a 3-2 victory at No. 2 Union. The helper was Peterson's first collegiate point. He logged a minus-one rating the night before in a loss to the reigning NCAA champs.

Hudson Fasching scored his third goal in as many games Friday as No. 1 Minnesota cruised to a 5-2 victory over Bemidji State. Fasching, who continued to plant at the edge of the crease on the power play, got the payoff at 9:18 of the third period when he deflected a Mike Reilly (CBJ) point shot into the back of the Bemidji net. The sophomore saw his three-game goal streak snapped on Saturday as the Gophers closed out the weekend with a 5-3 triumph of the Beavers.

Minnesota senior forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) finished the weekend with an even rating for the Gophers, who move on to face former WCHA rival St. Cloud State on Friday.

J.T. Compher (2013, second round) registered an assist Friday as visiting No. 14 Michigan doubled up No. 8 UMass-Lowell 8-4. Compher was blanked the next night in a 3-2 loss at No. 11 Boston University. The sophomore winger has collected three points (0+3) through his first five games. He didn’t score his first goal until his ninth game a season ago. Michigan travels to Michigan Tech on Friday.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) saw his two-game point-streak snapped as No. 5 Providence lost 6-1 at No. 3 North Dakota. Florentino resumed production Saturday with a power-play assist as the Friars and North Dakota battled to a 2-2 tie. The helper, which came during a five-on-three advantage, gives the sophomore rearguard three assists in the Friars' four games.

Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) netted three shots on goal and a minus-one rating in the weekend set versus North Dakota. The Friars begin the Hockey East schedule this weekend with a home-and-home series against 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel and the Boston University Terriers.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) kicked off his freshman campaign Sunday with an empty-net goal as Brown won at Dartmouth 3-1. Willman added two shots on goal from his left wing spot on the Bears’ second offensive line. The Bears visit Army on Friday to open regular season play.

USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) was held scoreless over the weekend as Green Bay dropped 2-0 and 4-2 decisions at Muskegon. Brown ranks second on the Gamblers with five points (3+2) in the club’s eight games.

SWEDEN
MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) bounced back with wins in each of his two starts last week. Following a 28-save performance in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win at Farjestads BK, Ullmark stopped 37 of 39 shots Friday as MODO held on for a 3-2 victory over Lulea HF. The 21-year old improves to 3-4 with a 3.75 GAA and .879 save% through eight starts.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) notched three points last week as MODO won twice in three tries. The top-line winger was kept off the score sheet Wednesday, but got it going Friday with a pair of secondary helpers in the win over Lulea HF. Possler kept it going the following day with his third goal of the season in a 4-3 loss to Frolunda HC.

On Wednesday, Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as MODO edged Farjestads BK 3-2. The 19-year old has continued to produce in a limited role, collecting five goals and seven points in 15 games while averaging just 9:15 of icetime per game.

In Swedish junior action, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 39 saves in his season debut as Brynas downed AIK 4-2. Johansson, who allowed one of the goals to top 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander, battled an infection for the past month and a half, but seems set to regain his spot on the top club roster following a superb showing in his victorious tune-up.


For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s web site - 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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