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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Bailey

Kitchener forward Justin Bailey (2013, second round) continued his hot start to the year, notching seven points (4+3) in three games last week as the Rangers extended their streak to 15 games without a regulation loss. For his efforts, Bailey was named the OHL’s Player of the Week.

The Williamsville-native kicked off the week with his second hat trick of the season plus an assist as Kitchener bested Plymouth 5-3 on Friday. Bailey remained in his groove on Saturday with a goal and an assist in the Rangers’ 5-2 victory at Erie. He followed that up on Sunday with a helper and a shootout tally in a 3-2 loss to Sudbury.

Bailey’s early season success has seen him collect team bests of 14 goals and 29 points in 19 games. He has seven multi-point efforts while getting on the score sheet in 17 of the 19 contests.


OHL
A night after being held pointless in a 7-2 drubbing at North Bay, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) cruised to a one goal and three assist performance Saturday as Peterborough defeated Niagara 5-1. The four-point night, Cornel's first of the season and fourth of his OHL career, gives the crafty forward 18 points (6+12) in 18 games.

Lemieux

Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) planted in front and deflected a point shot for his 10th goal of the year Saturday as Barrie edged North Bay 3-2. The power-play marker gives the fiery winger 17 points (10+7) in 16 games, and six of his 10 goals have come with the man advantage. Lemieux began the week on Thursday playing a fourth-line role in Team OHL’s 4-0 loss to Russia in game 3 of the Subway Super Series.

Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) scored two goals last week as Sudbury won once in three tries. Baptiste bagged his fifth goal of the year Friday as Sudbury was dealt a 5-2 loss at Mississauga. The speedy forward went without a point in a 5-2 loss at Sarnia on Saturday, but countered with another marker in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout triumph at Kitchener. Baptiste, who completed a stretch of four games in as many days following Thursday's appearance with Team OHL at the Subway Super Series, has 10 points (6+4) at the 10-game mark.


WHL
Sam Reinhart
(2014, first round) kept his high-level production in tact over the weekend with seven points in two games as Kootenay moved to 4-0 since getting their captain back from Buffalo.

Reinhart

Reinhart tied his career-high with four assists Friday as the ICE earned a wild 7-6 overtime victory over Calgary. He kept it going on Saturday with a goal and two helpers in a 4-2 triumph at Lethbridge. Reinhart has been a step ahead of the opposition while collecting 10 points (3+7) in his first four games.

Before resuming his role in Kootenay, Reinhart began the week wearing the “C” for Team WHL in a pair of games against Russia in the 2014 Subway Super Series. In Monday’s opener, Reinhart clanged his shootout attempt off the post as Team WHL dropped a 2-1 decision. The calm pivot recorded one assist the following night as Team WHL was again defeated by the Russians 3-2.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) registered one assist Friday as Swift Current lost to Prince Albert 4-3 in a shootout. The lefthanded defender was unable to produce in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Seattle. Martin has eight points (0+8) and a plus-two rating through 23 games.


QMJHL
In Friday action, Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) scored his sixth goal of the year as Gatineau dropped a 7-4 decision at Rimouski. Karabacek produced one shot on goal Sunday as Gatineau edged Sherbrooke 1-0. The Czech winger has produced 15 points (6+9) in 21 games, but has yet to score in back-to-back contests.


NCAA
Connor Hurley
(2013, second round) snapped a four-game point drought Friday when he jammed home the game-winning goal in overtime as Notre Dame squeaked past Merrimack 3-2. The freshman pivot was kept off the scoresheet in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Warriors, leaving him with six points (2+4) through his first 10 collegiate contests.

After serving as the backup in Friday’s victory, Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 20 saves on Saturday as the Fighting Irish were defeated 4-1 at Merrimack. Petersen moves to 3-4-1 with a 2.70 GAA and .916 save%. Next up for Notre Dame is a rare Thursday night tilt versus UMass Lowell.

Compher

JT Compher (2013, second round) posted a pair of assists Friday as Michigan downed American International 5-2. Compher notched another helper Saturday as the Wolverines doubled up the Yellow Jackets 6-3. Compher has collected six assists in his first nine games for unranked Michigan, but continues the search for his first goal of the season. The Wolverines remain on home ice next weekend to kick off the B1G schedule versus Penn State.

Sophomore winger Hudson Fasching walked away without a point for the first time this season as No. 1 Minnesota suffered their first sweep of the year with 3-0 and 2-1 losses to No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth. Fasching’s five goals are second-most on the Gophers through his first 10 outings.

Minnesota senior Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) contributed two shots on goal in the losses to the Minnesota-Duluth. The Gophers will host Team USA U18 for a recruiting exhibition on Friday.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) produced three shots on goal Friday as Providence upset No. 10 Vermont 3-0. The sophomore defender made a handful of key defensive plays the next night as Friars were edged 2-1 by the Catamounts. After picking up four points (0+4) in the Friars’ first six games, Florentino has been blanked in his last four.

Providence senior defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) finished the series versus Vermont with a plus-one rating and four minor penalties. The Friars visit New Hampshire on Friday.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) produced two shots on goal over the weekend as No. 14 St. Cloud State earned a 4-3 victory and 1-1 tie at Western Michigan. Peterson has two assists in 10 games this season. The Huskies welcome North Dakota to town next weekend.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) picked up an assist Friday as Brown was hammered by Harvard 6-2. Willman put three shots on goal as Brown was rolled by Dartmouth 6-0. In six games this season, Willman has two goals and one assist. The Bears are at Colgate on Friday.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) remained out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury as Harvard bounced Brown before being defeated by Yale 2-1. The Crimson face Dartmouth on Tuesday.


USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) picked up an assist Friday in Green Bay’s 4-1 loss to Madison. On Saturday, the Boston College commit was unable to crack the scoresheet in the Gamblers’ 3-2 shootout victory at Des Moines. Brown has a team-best five goals and 10 points through 14 games. Green Bay is at Madison on Friday.


Sweden
Gustav Possler
(2013, fifth round) scored his fourth goal of the year Saturday as MODO was defeated 5-4 by Leksands IF. Possler, who missed MODO's previous two games with an upper body injury, scooped up a rebound early in the third period to cut the deficit to 4-3. The marker gives him nine points in 18 appearances this season.

Ullmark

Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 16 saves Thursday as MODO returned from the international break with a 2-1 loss to Djurgadens IF. Ullmark again received the starting nod on Saturday, stopping 33 of 38 shots in the 5-4 loss to Leksands IF. The 6-foot-3 netminder is 5-7 this season with a 3.83 GAA and .880 save%.

MODO winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) saw his three-game point streak snapped in Thursday’s loss to Djurgardens IF despite receiving a season-high 15:03 of work. The 19-year old rookie, who was again blanked on Saturday, has six goals and 12 points at the 20-game mark.

In J20 SuperElit action, goaltender Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 25 saves Sunday as Brynas IF edged Skelleftea AIK 2-1. The victory moves Johansson's J20 record to 2-2 with a 3.02 GAA and .902 save%.


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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