It was a week lighter than most in the prospect ranks, but there was plenty of activity nonetheless as we approach the midway point of the junior and college schedules.
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) ended a recent slump last Tuesday, collecting a goal and two assists to earn the game's number two star as Kitchener downed Erie 7-4. Bailey had recorded just one goal in his previous seven outings. After logging a minus-two rating in Friday’s loss to Sarnia, Bailey added another tally on Saturday as Kitchener dropped a 4-1 decision to Barrie. The four-point week gives Bailey 17 goals and 17 assists through 29 games.
Erie forward Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) notched a pair of secondary helpers in Tuesday’s loss to the Rangers, giving him five points (2+3) in seven appearances since joining the Otters. Baptiste spent the balance of the week at Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp, where he netted one assist in two exhibition victories over the CIS All-Stars before being cut from the squad on Sunday.
On Saturday, Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) went pointless before earning a game misconduct midway through the third period in Barrie’s win over Kitchener. The ejection earned Lemieux a two-game suspension, halting his production at 19 goals and 28 points through 25 games.
Eric Cornel (2014, second round) picked up a power-play assist Thursday as Peterborough lost to Niagara 7-4. Cornel supplied a shootout marker on Saturday as the Petes snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at Sarnia. Cornel, who was blanked in Sunday’s 5-2 loss at London, has collected 26 points (8+18) this season but hasn't scored in his last five games.
Sault Ste. Marie forward Jean Dupuy sat out with a knee injury as the Greyhounds won three straight games. The 20-year-old winger has eight goals and 23 points in 24 games.
Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) saw his 14-game point streak come to an end on Tuesday as Kootenay was defeated by Medicine Hat 4-1. The ICE captain amassed eight goals and 27 points in his return from the NHL. He’ll look to continue his dominance over the next few weeks as a member of Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship that begins Dec. 26 in Montreal.
Defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) scored his second goal of the year and first game-winner Wednesday as Swift Current defeated Regina 6-4. After going without a goal in his first 30 games, Martin made it markers in back-to-back outings just 58 seconds into the third period when he snuck in from the point on a delayed penalty. Martin extended his point streak to four games on Friday with an assist as Swift Current was doubled by Brandon 4-2.
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) failed to produce a shot on goal for just the second time this season as Gatineau was edged by Drummondville 3-2 last Tuesday. Karabacek, who had recorded a point in six of his previous seven games, heads off to the Czech Republic’s World Junior camp with 10 goals and 13 assists in 29 contests with the Olympiques.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored his first career NCAA goal Saturday as St. Cloud State dropped a 5-3 decision to Nebraska-Omaha. The freshman forward gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead at 11:28 of the opening period when he snagged a puck off the glass and quickly fired a shot for an unassisted marker. Peterson, who contributed two shots on goal in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Mavericks, has three points (1+2) in his first 16 games as a collegian. The Huskies are now off until January 2 when they host Quinnipiac.
In Saturday action, J.T. Compher (2013, second round) recorded five shots on goal as Michigan was upended 5-1 by Boston College. Compher has 11 points (3+8) in 15 games with the Wolverines. He’ll remain in Boston for the start of Team USA's World Junior training camp that gets underway on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) produced two shots on goal as Providence entered the holiday break with a 4-3 win over Colgate. The sophomore defenseman recorded four assists in his first six games, but has gone without a point in his last nine while logging all-situations minutes for the 9-6-1 Friars.
Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) finished with an even rating in the win over Colgate. The fifth-year senior has one assist in 16 games as a mainstay on the Friars’ bottom pair with freshman Jake Walman (STL).
After being shutout in a loss to Cedar Rapids and a victory over Des Moines, Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) got back on the scoresheet Saturday with an empty-net goal plus an assist as Green Bay doubled Chicago 4-2. Brown's multi-point night, his fourth of the year, ups his team-leading totals to 10 goals and 11 assists through 24 contests.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) skated for 12:40 Saturday in his final game before leaving to join Sweden's national junior team as MODO downed Linkoping HC 2-1 in overtime. At the 30-game mark, Olofsson has gathered 16 points (9+7) including a team-best five game-winning goals.
Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) stopped 30 of 32 shots Thursday but was beaten high glove by former NHLer Mikael Samuelsson for the only goal in the shootout as MODO fell to Djurgarden IF 3-2. The loss drops Ullmark to 7-12 with a 3.36 GAA and .902 save% through 20 starts.
Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) produced three shots on goal Saturday as MODO entered the break with the overtime victory over Linkoping HC. Possler, who finished with a plus-one rating in 20:02 of work on Thursday in MODO’s loss to Djurgarden IF, has eight goals and 14 points in 28 appearances.
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) stopped 10 of 13 shots Tuesday before leaving the game midway through the second period as Brynas IF lost 6-5 to VIK Vasteras HK. Johansson heads off to Sweden’s national junior team with a 2-3 record, 3.81 GAA and .872 save% in six J20 starts.
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.