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Prospects Update | After year off, Bloom blossoming for Saginaw

Multiple Sabres prospects riding point streaks this week

by Kurt Haumesser @KurtHaumesser88 / Sabres.com

This week's Prospects Update checks in on Josh Bloom, Tyler Kozak, Owen Power and Devon Levi.

Saginaw Spirit center Josh Bloom has been red hot for his OHL club this season. 

Currently on a six-game point streak, the third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft has netted six goals and added seven assists to his season total. Bloom now leads the Spirit in goals (15), assists (11) and points (26) through 18 games this season. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020-21 OHL season, Bloom, 18, did not play at all last year.

"I took advantage of the time I was given during quarantine to get in the gym and on the ice," Bloom said. "I wouldn't say I'm a different player, but more developed and much more comfortable this year than I was just a of couple years ago."

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Power named to Canada's World Junior preliminary roster

Defenseman is currently on 8-game point streak at Michigan

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Defenseman Owen Power has been named to Team Canada's preliminary roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Buffalo selected Power with the first-overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. In his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, the 6-foot-5, 214-pound defenseman has already set career highs in assists (20) and points (23) through 16 games. 

He is currently on an eight-game point streak, logging a goal and 14 assists since November 5. 

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Prospects Update | Levi named Hockey East Rookie of the Week again

Goaltender currently leads the nation with .949 save percentage

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

This week, Sabres,com's Prospecrs Update puts a spotlight on Devon Levi, Josh Bloom, Isak Rosen and Nikita Novikov.

Hockey East named Devon Levi the conference's Rookie of the Week after the goaltender recorded his fifth shutout of the season. Through 14 games, the Northeastern sophomore is 9-4-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average and a nation-leading .949 save percentage. 

He stopped a career-high 38 shots in Friday's win and then made 33 more saves the next night.

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Prospects Update | Costantini's point streak reaches 5 games

Power, Portillo back to No. 1 in rankings with Michigan

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Sabres.com will put the spotlight on a few prospects each week in our Prospects Update. This week, we'll focus on Matteo Costantini, Devon Levi, and Owen Power and Erik Portillo.

Matteo Costantini has gotten off to a great start to his freshman season at the University of North Dakota. Through 11 games, the 2020 fifth-round pick (131st overall has nine points (4+5) and is riding a five-game point streak (3+3). 

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Prospects Update | Power making the most of sophomore season at Michigan

Top pick in 2021 has 12 points through 10 games

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Last November, when Owen Power was a freshman at Michigan, the campus was deserted due to COVID-19 and the stands in the hockey rink was virtually empty during games. One year later, it's been a different - and much more enjoyable - situation. 

Fans have packed Yost Ice Arena and have made this season extra special. The Wolverines are currently ranked No. 2 in the country with a record of 8-2.

"It's a way different atmosphere and a lot more fun with everyone on campus," the first-overall pick by Buffalo in the 2021 NHL Draft said Monday evening. "All the things going on here when it's pretty much normal life. It's been a ton of fun and obviously a lot different than last year."

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Prospects Update | Q&A with goaltender Devon Levi

Sabres goaltending prospect has 4 shutouts in 8 games this season with Northeastern

by Griffin Della Penna @GriffinDP_ / Sabres.com

Devon Levi, one of the newest Sabres prospects, has impressed as one of the best goaltenders in the NCAA to start the 2021-22 season. 

In the past calendar year, the 19-year-old from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec won a silver medal for Team Canada in the 2021 IIHF World Juniors, was traded to Buffalo, and started his collegiate hockey career at Northeastern.

After missing all of last year at Northeastern as a freshman due to injury, he has been a crucial part of the Huskies being ranked No. 20 in the country. 

He leads the NCAA with four shutouts this season and only needs one more to tie the single-season program record.  

"I try to do whatever I can to help my team win, regardless of the circumstances," he said. 

Sabres.com caught up with Levi after Northeastern's weekend series against Hockey East opponent Maine. 

 

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Prospects Update | Nadeau riding point streak for Shawinigan

Levi posts another shutout, Bloom tied for scoring lead in Saginaw

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Sabres.com will put the spotlight on a few prospects each week in our Prospects Update. This week, we'll focus on Olivier Nadeau, Josh Bloom, Devon Levi, and Owen Power and Erik Portillo, the two Sabres prospects on the No. 1-ranked Michigan Wolverines. 

Olivier Nadeau is on a three-game point streak for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, posting two goals and two assists over that span. 

He's tied for the team lead with 14 points (7+7) in 10 games played. Buffalo drafted Nadeau in the fourth round (97th overall) of this year's draft.

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Prospects Update: Portillo backstops Michigan to tournament win

Cederqvist on 3-game goal streak, Rosen scores slick goal in SHL action

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Sabres.com will put the spotlight on a few prospects each week in our Prospects Update. This week, we'll focus on Erik Portillo, Filip Cederqvist, Isak Rosen and Owen Power.

The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines knocked off No. 5 Minnesota Duluth and No. 1 Minnesota State last weekend to win the 2021 Ice Breaker Tournament. 

Erik Portillo, Buffalo's third-round pick in 2019, started both games and made a combined 55 saves on 58 shots (.948 save percentage). Portillo is 4-0-0 on the season with a .929 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.  

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Prospects Update: Power's 5-point weekend fuels Michigan to 2-0 start

Portillo, Levi, Johnson also had solid weekends

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Sabres.com will highlight a few prospects each week in our Prospects Update. This week, we'll focus on Owen Power, Erik Portillo, Devon Levi and Ryan Johnson.

Defenseman Owen Power and goaltender Erik Portillo helped lead No. 3 Michigan to a two-game sweep over Lake Superior State this weekend. 

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Sabres announce 2021 Prospects Challenge

Buffalo, Boston and New Jersey face off at LECOM Harborcenter starting September 17

by Sabres Press Release @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will again host the Prospects Challenge from Sept. 17 to 19 at LECOM Harborcenter. 

The Sabres will be joined by the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils to compete in a round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play two games during the course of the event, which will be held entirely at LECOM Harborcenter.  

Tickets are on sale now and cost $10 per ticket.

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