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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Christopher Brown (Green Bay Gamblers)

Green Bay forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) continued his strong play last week with goals in all three games and five total points to guide the Gamblers to a 2-1 mark in United States Hockey League action.

Brown kicked the week off on Wednesday with a goal and two assists in the Gamblers’ 4-3 loss at Madison. He picked up a marker in Friday’s 5-2 win in Sioux Falls, and then connected again on Saturday as Green Bay earned a 3-2 victory over the Stampede.

The productive week completes a successful month of November for the Boston College commit, who has now gotten on the scoresheet in 10 of his last 11 appearances to extend his team-leading point total to 18 (8+10) through 19 games.

Reinhart

WHL
Sam Reinhart
(2014, first round) saw his 10-game point streak snapped on Sunday as Kootenay closed a Western states road trip with a 4-3 overtime win at Everett. Prior to the blanking, Reinhart recorded a power-play marker in Friday’s loss at Portland, and then another power-play goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory at Seattle on Saturday. The playmaking captain has amassed six goals and 22 points to lead the ICE to a 9-2 mark since his return from Buffalo. Reinhart also earned an invite to Canada’s World Junior Team Camp that gets underway on Dec. 11 in Toronto.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) recorded one assist last week as Swift Current went 0-3 in their run through Alberta with losses in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer. Martin enters December with 11 assists and a minus-one rating through 29 games.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) produced a power-play goal Friday as Gatineau dropped a 3-1 decision to Quebec. Karabacek lit the lamp again on Saturday as Gatineau doubled up Shawinigan 4-2. After scoring just four times in his first 17 outings, Karabacek has erupted for goals in four straight games and six in his last eight. The Czech World Junior candidate sits with an even 20 points (10+10) at the 25-game mark.

OHL
Brendan Lemieux
(2014, second round) scored a pair of goals Monday as Barrie was defeated by Ottawa 5-2. On Saturday, Lemieux saw his four-game point streak come to an end in the Colts’ overtime triumph over Sudbury. He was blanked again in a 5-3 loss to Oshawa on Sunday. The fiery winger has 14 goals in 21 games this season, including nine on the power play, two game-winners and one shorthanded.

Bailey

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) ended a recent dry spell Sunday with his 15th goal of the season as Kitchener doubled Ottawa 4-2. Bailey had gone without a goal in his previous five games and without a point in his previous four. The big winger has gathered an even 30 points through 24 games, while his 15 goals rank 11th on the OHL leaderboard entering December.

In Saturday action, newly-minted Sabre Jean Dupuy scored just 1:13 into the opening period as Sault Ste. Marie dominated Guelph 5-1. Dupuy, who went without a point in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Sudbury, has notched a career-best 20 points through 21 games.

Eric Cornel (2014, second round) snapped a three-game drought with a goal and an assist Saturday as Peterborough pulled away late to earn a 7-3 victory over Ottawa. The two-point night boosts Cornel to eight goals and 15 assists through 24 games.

Baptiste

After finishing without a point in his Erie debut on Thursday, Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) notched an assist and a shootout marker Friday as the Otters squeaked past London 3-2. Baptiste was again shut out on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Belleville to finish the month with six goals and 12 points in his first 15 contests. Baptiste was one of the 29 players invited to Team Canada’s Junior Camp in Toronto, joining Reinhart and his new teammate Connor McDavid.

NCAA
One night after going without a point for the sixth time this season in a 3-2 win over RPI, Michigan forward J.T. Compher (2013, second round) broke into the zone with speed and finished with patience for his third goal of the year in a 6-0 drubbing of the Engineers. The even-strength marker puts Compher at 10 points (3+7) through 13 games. Michigan hosts Ohio State next Friday in a nationally televised game on the Big Ten Network.

Senior co-captain Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) assisted on the game-winning goal Saturday as Wisconsin earned their first victory of the year, 5-3 over Ferris State. Navin, who was held pointless in Friday’s 1-1 tie with the Bulldogs, has netted two points (1+1) at the 10-game mark. The Badgers remain on home ice next weekend when they open the Big Ten schedule against Penn State.

Petersen

Freshman goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) earned the start on Saturday following a four-game stint as backup, stopping 23 of 28 shots as Notre Dame was bested 5-1 by Ohio State in the third-place game at the 2014 Shillelagh Tournament. The loss drops Petersen to 3-5 with a 2.98 GAA and .906 save%.

Freshman forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) contributed two shots on goal Friday as Notre Dame coughed up a two-goal lead in suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to Union. Hurley returned to work on Saturday, logging a season-low minus-three rating in Notre Dame’s loss to Ohio State. The Fighting Irish hit the road next weekend for a set with Massachusetts.

Sophomore winger Hudson Fasching went without a point for the fourth consecutive game Saturday as No. 3 Minnesota was upended 3-1 at Northeastern. Fasching, who the night before posted a plus-one rating in 6-2 win over No. 11/12 Boston College, is stuck on five goals and seven points after his first dozen games.

Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) notched one assist Friday as the Gophers bounced Boston College. The senior centerman added one shot on goal in Saturday’s loss to Northeastern. Minnesota returns to conference action Friday at Michigan State.

Willman

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) finished with a plus-one rating Saturday as Brown ended their six-game skid with a 1-0 win over Connecticut. The freshman winger produced two shots on goal Sunday as the Bears were blanked by Holy Cross 5-0. Willman has gathered one goal and one assist in his first nine collegiate contests. He hasn't scored since Halloween night in the Bears' season opening victory over Army. The Bears are back in action Friday versus Union.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) was unable to produce from the top line right wing spot as St. Cloud State split a pair of games with in-state rival Bemidji State. The freshman forward finished with a plus-one rating and one shot on goal in the Huskies’ 6-3 win on Friday, and logged another plus-one on Saturday in a 4-1 defeat. The Huskies get a week off before resuming the schedule with a set at Nebraska-Omaha.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) returned to action Tuesday following a one-game absence, contributing three shots on goal as Providence blanked Army 3-0. The sophomore defender added another three shots to his stat line on Saturday as the Friars edged No. 10/11 Boston College 1-0. Florentino has earned big minutes en route to collecting four assists in 12 games for the Friars.

Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) earned his first point of the year with an assist in the Friars’ 3-0 shutout of Army. The fifth-year senior contributed two shots on goal in Saturday’s victory over Boston College. Providence is back at it on Wednesday when they visit Northeastern.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) remained out of the lineup Tuesday as Harvard kept 2015 draft stud Jack Eichel off the scoresheet for the first time in his NCAA career in earning a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 1 Boston University. The sophomore sat again on Saturday as the Crimson doubled No. 4 UMass Lowell 4-2. Malone has missed all 10 of Harvard's games this season while recovering from an undisclosed injury. Harvard visits Ivy League rival Princeton on Friday.

Ullmark

Sweden
Goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) went 1-1 last week while starting two of MODO’s three games. The big netminder stopped 27 of 30 shots on Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to Brynas IF. After a day off on Thursday, Ullmark turned in a 25-save performance in a 4-1 victory over Lulea HF. Ullmark, who has started 10 of MODO’s last 11 contests, has compiled a 7-10 record with a 3.42 GAA, while his recent excellence has elevated his save percentage to a season-high .902.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) was shutout in his first two games of the week, but notched one assist on Saturday as MODO skated to a 4-1 victory over Lulea HF. Possler helped get MODO on the board late in the opening frame when he entered the zone, cut to the middle, and turned his body to drop the puck off to a streaking Nichlas Torp for the finish. The helper gives the 20-year-old winger 12 points (6+6) through 24 games.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was blanked in the week’s three games but did log a career-high 17:11 of work on Thursday as MODO dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to HV 71. The 19-year-old sniper has eight goals (t-2nd on team) and 14 points in 26 games.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made his second start of the season for Brynas IF on Thursday, allowing six goals on 32 shots in a 6-1 loss to league front-runner Frolunda HC. The performance drops Johansson to 0-2 with a 6.30 GAA and .843 save% in top league action this season.


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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