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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
(Photo: Steve Hiscock/Saskatoon Blades)

Saskatoon Blades defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) notched five points in the week’s three games, highlighted by a three-point performance (1+2) on Saturday in a 4-0 win over his former club, Swift Current. On Wednesday, Martin scored the Blades’ only goal in a 6-1 loss at Prince Albert. He followed that up with an assist on Friday in a loss at Swift Current. The third-year rearguard is excelling in a leading role since his trade to the Blades, producing three goals and 10 points in his first nine games with his new club, including points in four straight games.

Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) scored his 12th goal and assisted on the overtime winner Friday as Kootenay earned a 4-3 victory over Regina. Reinhart saw his 10-game point streak snapped Saturday as Kootenay was upended 5-1 by Kelowna. Reinhart has earned a point in 24 of 27 games this season en route to posting 12 goals, 29 assists, and a plus-12 rating.


OHL
Nicholas Baptiste
(2013 third round) scored in two of Erie’s three games last week to up his point total to 39 (18+21) in in 35 games. Baptiste scored for the second consecutive game Thursday as Erie lost 6-5 at Peterborough. He’d record a pair of assists Friday as Erie held on for a 3-2 win at Kingston before filling the net with his 18th of the year Sunday in a 7-2 win at Ottawa. The productive week gives Baptiste 28 points (12+16) in 23 games with the Otters.

Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) struck on the power play Wednesday as Barrie skated to a 6-2 victory at Sudbury. Lemieux kept at it Saturday with his 33rd goal of the year and added one assist as the Colts doubled Niagara 6-3. In the third period, Lemieux pounded a one-timer from the slot for his 20th power play marker of the season and the game's final goal.

Bailey

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) picked up a regulation assist and the shootout winner Friday as Sault Ste. Marie defeated North Bay 4-3. On Saturday, Bailey notched two assists as Sault Ste. Marie smoked Mississauga 7-1. Through 10 games with the Greyhounds, Bailey has 16 points (7+9) and a plus-13 rating to help the club to 10 straight victories.

Jean Dupuy added one assist to his stat line Friday as Sault Ste. Marie edged North Bay in a shootout. Dupuy missed Saturday’s contest after getting dinged up in the victory overthe Battalion, leaving him with 11 goals and 29 points with 20 games left on the schedule.

Eric Cornel (2014, second round) scored a goal and an assist Thursday to earn the game's second star as Peterborough ended Erie’s six-game winning streak with an exciting 6-5 victory over the Otters. The multiple-point effort was Cornel’s first since Dec. 18 and 10th of the year. Cornel continued to produce on Friday, scoring his 12th goal of the year plus an assist as the Petes stunned Oshawa 5-4 in overtime. Cornel, who saw his five-game point streak come to a halt in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Ottawa, enters February with 37 points (12+25) in 45 games.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) registered one assist in the week’s three games as Baie-Comeau came away from the Maritime road trip with one win in three tries. The helper, which came in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Halifax, gives the Czech winger 30 points (13+17) in 42 games between Gatineau and Baie-Comeau.


NCAA
Hudson Fasching
scored a goal and an assist Friday for his first multiple-point game since opening night as Minnesota won a wild 7-5 decision at Wisconsin. Fasching was unable to get on the scoresheet Saturday as the Gophers and Badgers played to a 4-4 tie. The sophomore winger has seven goals and 12 points in 23 contests.

After going without a point or a shot on goal in Friday’s win over Wisconsin, Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) scored his second goal of the year Saturday as the Gophers and Badgers played to a 4-4 tie. Isackson added a clutch shootout marker, but the Badgers came away with the extra point.

Wisconsin senior Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) notched one assist in the Badgers’ loss to Minnesota on Friday. Navin, who posted two shots on goal in Saturday’s 4-4 tie, has five points (1+4) in 23 games this season.

Florentino

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) picked up a pair of assists Friday for his first multi-point game of the year as Providence was edged by Boston College 3-2. Florentino has turned it up with two goals and seven points in 10 games since the holiday break. He has 11 points in 25 games this season while posting a team-high plus-14 rating.

J.T. Compher (2013, second round) recorded three shots on goal Friday as Michigan was defeated by Michigan State 2-1. Compher has collected one goal and one assist in six games since returning from the World Junior Championship, and a total of 13 points (4+9) in 21 total contests.

Freshman goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) started for the fifth straight game Friday, stopping eight of 11 shots before being replaced in the second period as Notre Dame dropped a 5-2 decision to New Hampshire. Petersen was given the night off on Saturday after starting nine of Notre Dame’s previous 10 tilts. The 20-year-old has a 6-11-2 record with a 2.79 GAA and .900 save% through 18 starts.

Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) was blanked in Friday’s loss to New Hampshire. He produced one shot on goal Saturday as the Fighting Irish snapped a three-game skid with a 5-3 victory over New Hampshire. Hurley has 11 points (3+8) in 27 games.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) recorded five shots on goal over the weekend as St. Cloud State earned the weekend sweep with convincing 7-1 and 6-1 victories at Colorado College. Peterson has two goals in 10 games since the holiday break, and a total of five points (3+2) in 26 collegiate contests.

Brown forward Max Willman (2014, fifth round) finished with a minus-one rating in Friday’s 5-2 loss to Quinnipiac. He contributed three shots on goal Saturday as the Bears played to a 3-3 tie with Princeton. Willman has one goal and one assist in his first 20 college games. He has gone without a point in his last 16 outings.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) remained out of action due to injury as Harvard dropped a 5-4 decision to Union on Friday. Malone has played in just three of the Crimson’s 19 games, notching two goals, five points and 10 shots on goal.


USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) did not play as Green Bay suffered their eighth straight loss with a 1-0 overtime decision to Chicago. Brown has gone without a goal in his last nine outings, but still remains the team leader with a dozen tallies in 36 games.


Ullmark

Sweden
Linus Ullmark
(2012, sixth round) started all three of MODO’s games last week three following a one-game absence due to injury. Ullmark made 25 saves in his return Wednesday as MODO was toppled by Frolunda HC 4-3. He made 32 saves in Friday’s 1-0 to Orebro HK, and then capped the week by stopping 34 of 37 shots and picking up an assist on an empty-net goal in a 5-3 victory over Linkoping HC on Saturday. Ullmark has posted nine victories with a 3.12 GAA and .907 save% through 26 appearances for MODO, who remains in last place in the 12-team league.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) earned one assist Saturday in the win over Linkoping HC. Possler, who missed MODO’s previous two games due to illness, enters February as MODO's second-leading point-getter with 20 (9+11).

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) returned to the top club lineup on Wednesday, finishing with a minus-one rating in just 3:38 of work as MODO fell to Orebro HK 1-0. On Saturday, Olofsson was limited to just 3:14 of work but still produced one assist in MODO’s win over Linkoping HC. Dressing as the 13th forward of late, Olofsson has 18 points (10+8) in 37 games.

Goaltender Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) did not dress last week as Brynas IF J20 split a pair of games. Johansson earned a 3-1 record with a 3.12 GAA and .912 save% in four January 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.
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