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Davidsson, Mittelstadt, Luukkonen and Budik named to World Juniors camps

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Four Sabres prospects were named to preliminary rosters for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship last week, and all four rode the momentum and made crucial impressions with their home teams before departing for their respective countries training camps.

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With Hockey Canada watching, Pu steps up his game for London

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Participating countries are expected to name their selection camp rosters this week for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, and one Sabres prospect has stepped his play up of late in hopes of catching the attention of the decision-makers.

London Knights forward Cliff Pu (2016, third round) had another big week, beginning with a rebound put-back for a power-play tally in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Sarnia.

 

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Weissbach records 4 points over the weekend for Wisconsin

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

University of Wisconsin freshman Linus Weissbach (2017, seventh round) compiled four points over the weekend to help the Badgers earned a win and tie with conference rival Michigan and capture key points in the Big Ten Hockey standings.

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Pu back on track with 4 goals, 9 points in last 6 games

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

After a slow start to his Ontario Hockey League season, London Knights centerman Cliff Pu (2016, third round) is officially back on track.

Pu produced his second three-point night of the year Friday, snatching a goal and two helpers as the Knights thrashed Flint 9-0.

It seems that the key to getting Pu going this season just may have been signing an entry-level contract with the Sabres, which was completed Oct. 23.

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Mittelstadt off to impressive start in freshman season at Minnesota

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Freshman sensation Casey Mittelstadt (2017, first round) showed off his puck hounding skills Friday, stripping a defender and setting up a goal as the University of Minnesota opened a Big Ten Hockey set with a 3-1 victory over Michigan State. 

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Olofsson on pace for 20 goals in Swedish Hockey League

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Frolunda HC left-winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) has always been known for his high-velocity shot, and following a nine-goal season last year in the Swedish Hockey League, it appears he is again finding his scoring rhythm as he a targets a 20-goal campaign.

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Shawinigan's Vasily Glotov heats up with 1st hat trick of QMJHL career

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

It was inevitable that Shawinigan Cataractes overage forward Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) was going to start heating up in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

That moment took place last week as Glotov scored five goals in the week's three road games, including his first-ever QMJHL hat trick in a Sunday win at Moncton.

 

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Fitzgerald named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after OT winner

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) came through for his team Sunday, scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner 69 seconds into overtime, to guide the Eagles to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Providence.

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Luukkonen remains undefeated through 4 starts in Finnish league action

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

The Sabres have just one unsigned goaltending prospect in their development stable, and while the organization will likely add to the position over the next few drafts, in the meantime, that sole netminder is making quite a name for himself at the professional level as an 18-year-old.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (2017, second round) made 31 saves Wednesday and stopped another four of five in the shootout as LeKi got past Espoo United 3-2.

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Weissbach scores twice in 1st collegiate contest

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Freshman forward Linus Weissbach (2017, seventh round) got his collegiate career off to a nice start Sunday, scoring a pair of goals including the game-winner to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to a 3-2 victory over Michigan Tech.

 

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