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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Lemieux

Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) continued to burn out OHL goal lamps, adding four more tallies to his season haul last week as Barrie barreled their way to four consecutive victories.

After going without a goal Monday versus Owen Sound, the powerful winger scored twice Wednesday in a 6-1 pasting of Belleville. On Friday, Lemieux scored the game-winning goal plus an assist in the Colts’ 4-3 victory at Kingston. He kept it going on Saturday with a power-play marker in a 10-3 blowout of London.

Lemieux ranks third in the Ontario Hockey League with 29 goals in 32 games, exceeding the 27 in 65 games he posted in all of 2013-14. His 16 power-play goals are tops in the league, while his 89 PIMs are second-most among all skaters.


OHL
Nicholas Baptiste
(2013, third round) was named the game’s number one star Wednesday, collecting two goals including the game winner and adding an assist as Erie edged Guelph 4-3. Baptiste notched a pair of assists on Friday as Erie doubled up Mississauga 6-3, but saw his six-game point streak snapped the following day in a 6-3 loss to Windsor. The speedy winger has 26 points (12+14) in 25 games this season.

Bailey

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) posted two goals and an assist Saturday to earn the game's second star as Kitchener dropped a 6-5 shootout decision at Niagara. Bailey, who was kept off the scoresheet in Thursday’s win over Owen Sound and Friday’s loss to Niagara, increased his team-leading totals to 22 goals and 41 points through 35 games.

In Saturday action, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) scored off a wrist shot to snap streaks of four games without a point and 10 games without a goal as Peterborough smoked Belleville 6-2. Earlier in the week, Cornel connected for the shootout winner as Peterborough defeated Mississauga 5-4. Cornel has amassed 29 points in 35 games, including a team-high 20 helpers.

Sault Ste. Marie assistant captain Jean Dupuy had two assists as the West Division-leading Greyhounds won twice in three tries. The gritty 20-year-old has gathered eight goals, 25 points and a plus-19 rating in 30 appearances while dropping the gloves on two occasions.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) made his Baie-Comeau debut Saturday, logging three shots on the goals as the Drakkar edged Rimouski 2-1. The winger would pick up an assist Sunday for his point in a Baie-Comeau uniform in an overtime loss to the Oceanic. Karabacek, who was traded on Friday as part of a package that sent Valentin Zykov (LAK) to Gatineau, has collected 26 points (11+14) in 33 games.


WHL
Swift Current defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) netted a minus-one rating in the week’s three outings. The 18-year-old defender has two goals, 16 points and a plus-three rating through 38 games.


NCAA
In Friday action, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored the game winning goal as St. Cloud State got past Quinnipiac 3-2. The even-strength marker was the second goal and fourth point of Peterson's young NCAA career. The freshman forward returned the following night, producing one shot on goal as the Huskies fell to Quinnipiac 4-1.

Florentino

In Saturday action, Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) scored his first goal of the year through a screen as Providence edged Colorado College 5-4 in overtime. The sophomore finished the weekend Sunday with a plus-two rating as the Friars earned the non-conference sweep of the Tigers with a 5-3 win. Florentino has six points (1+5) and a plus-nine rating in 19 games while skating on the Friars’ middle defensive pair.

Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) did not dress over the weekend in the Friars’ victories over Colorado College. The fifth-year senior has one assist this season while suiting up in 16 of 20 contests.

Hudson Fasching returned from his World Junior Championship experience, assisting on the overtime winner as Minnesota got past RIT 3-2 in overtime. The helper gives Fasching eight points (5+3) in 15 games with the Gophers.

Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) had an assist for his second point of the season in the Gophers’ Saturday win over RIT. Isackson, who did not factor in Minnesota’s 3-2 loss to Merrimack on Friday, now has 26 points in 86 career appearances.

Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) posted a team-high four shots on goal Friday as Wisconsin was throttled by Michigan Tech 8-1. On Saturday, the senior co-captain finished with a plus-one rating as the Badgers upset Michigan Tech 2-0 to earn the weekend split. Navin has three points (1+2) in 14 games for the Badgers, who have just two wins in their first 14 contests.

Freshman winger Max Willman (2014, fifth round) helped a banged-up squad by playing as a defenseman as Brown was defeated by Boston College 4-1 on Friday, and dropped a 5-3 decision to Denver on Sunday at the Ledyard Bank Classic at Dartmouth.


USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) scored a pair of markers in a span of 22 seconds Tuesday as Green Bay doubled Madison 8-4. Brown connected for one goal and one assist on Friday as Green Bay was defeated by Team USA 5-4 in overtime, but was unable to get a point the next night in another overtime loss to Team USA. At the 30-game mark, the rookie forward has a team-high 13 goals to go along with 25 points.


SHL
Gustav Possler
(2013, fifth round) snapped a six-game goal slumber Saturday with his ninth of the year as MODO was doubled by Skelleftea AIK 6-3. On Tuesday, Possler posted three shots in a 6-3 loss to Frolunda HC. Possler has connected for 16 points in 32 games while firing 82 shots on goal.

Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) stopped 32 of 34 shots Tuesday but MODO couldn't provide any goal support in a 2-0 loss to Frolunda HC. He came on in relief late in the second period on Saturday, making four saves in 23 minutes of work to close out the loss to Skelleftea AIK. Ullmark has won seven of 21 starts this season while posting a 3.24 GAA and .904 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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