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IN THE SYSTEM: PROSPECTS UPDATE

Tuesday, 01.08.2008 / 3:40 PM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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IN THE SYSTEM: PROSPECTS UPDATE
Marek Zagrapan (Photo: Brian Wheeler)
In the System looks at Sabres prospects from around the globe, updating each player's progress throughout the season. This week, In the System focuses on European players.


Marek Zagrapan

Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195
Born: Dec 06 '86  (Age 21)
Born in: Presov, Slovak Republic
Drafted: Buffalo's 1st round choice, 13th overall, in 2005


Marek Zagrapan went on a mid-season scoring streak in December for the Rochester Americans. The 21-year-old centerman collected 10 points (5+5) in 13 games on the month, doubling the output he contributed in November (4+1).

Zagrapan leads the team in goals with 12 and is ranked fourth on the Amerks in scoring with 22 points (12+10) in 38 games- behind only Sabres’ prospects Clarke MacArthur (30) and Mark Mancari (27), and Florida Panthers’ prospect Stefan Meyer (23). 

He also leads the team in another category. Zagrapan has scored the first goal of the game four times this season. Only two players in the AHL have done that feat more often.

In 2006-07, Zagrapan’s rookie campaign in the AHL, he collected 38 points (17+21) in 71 games.

The Amerks play three games in as many nights this weekend, looking to break a five-game losing streak. The series begins Friday as Rochester faces Manchester, Hamilton and Peoria respectively.

Statistics: Rochester Americans, American Hockey League
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG
38 12 10 22 -18 28 6 0


Andrej Sekera (Photo: Getty Images)
Andrej Sekera
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 191
Born: Jun 08 '86  (Age 21)
Born in: Bojnice, Slovak Republic
Drafted: Buffalo's 3rd round choice, 71st overall, in 2004


Despite being sent down to the AHL, Andrej Sekera has picked up right where he left off.

After being recalled by the Buffalo Sabres in two separate stints, Sekera rejoined the Rochester Americans mid-December, adding three points in his last seven games.

Sekera is ranked second on the team’s defense in scoring with nine points (1+8) in 17 games, behind only Marc-Andre Gragnani who has 17 points (3+14) in 39 games. 

The only thing, it seems, that can get in his way is the flu.

Sekera has missed the Amerks' last three games due to illness according to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.

The blueliner added three points (1+2) in 21 games for the Sabres during his recall.

Statistics: Rochester Americans, American Hockey League
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG
17 1 8 9 -8 8 1 0


Jhonas Enroth (Photo: Getty Images)
Jhonas Enroth
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 174
Born: Jun 25 '88  (Age 19)
Born in: Stockholm, Sweden
Drafted: Buffalo's 2nd round choice, 46th overall, in 2006


The Buffalo Sabres’ sole prospect in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships did not disappoint.

Jhonas Enroth brought home the silver medal for Sweden, solidifying a 4-1 record in the tournament.

Enroth’s 114 saves and 90.48 save percentage earned him the honor of being named the No. 1 star on Sweden’s team in a coach’s poll.

He allowed 12 goals in five games, recording 2.33 goals against average- the second best in the tournament behind Canada’s Steve Mason (1.19 GAA).

Coincidentally, Sweden fell to Canada in the gold medal game 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 5.

Enroth currently plays for Sodertalje in the Swedish Elite League. Holding a 2.26 goals against average, he is ranked second in the league behind Farjestads BK Wolves' netminder Jonas Gustavsson (2.25 GAA).

Enroth is also ranked third in the SEL with a 92.48 save percentage.

Statistics: Sodertalje, Swedish Elite League
GP GA SOG SVS SV% GAA
17 37 491 454 92.46 2.26

Statistics: World Junior Championships (Shots on Goal / Saves)
DATE SCORE SOG SVS
12/26 SWEDEN 4, Slovakia 3 33 30
12/29 SWEDEN 4, Canada 3 21 18
12/31 SWEDEN 4, Czech. 2 27 25
1/4 SWEDEN 2, Russia 1 (OT) 24 23
1/5 Sweden 2, CANADA 3 (OT) 21 18


OTHER PROSPECTS:


American Hockey League Prospects, Rochester Americans
# NAME P GP G A PTS +/- PIM
41 Clarke MacArthur LW 26 11 19 30 -10 22
26 Mark Mancari RW 39 8 19 27 -11 44
19 Dylan Hunter LW 32 7 11 18 -9 24
21 Marc-Andre Gragnani D 39 3 14 17 -26 26
3 Mike Weber D 34 0 9 9 -2 105
2 Mike Card D 23 1 4 5 -8 32
27 Patrick Kaleta RW 26 1 3 4 -2 100
4 Michael Funk D 29 0 3 3 -9 53
# NAME GP GA MIN SV W L SOL
53 Adam Dennis 20 62 1106 519 9 10 1


NCAA College Prospects
NAME/YR SCHOOL P GP G A PTS PIM
Alex Biega, So Harvard D 16 8 14 
Chris Butler, Jr Uni. of Denver D 20 1 9 10 
Matt Generous, Jr St. Lawrence D 15 2 5
Nathan Gerbe, Jr Boston College F 17 16 13 29 
Tim Kennedy, Jr Michigan State F 21 13 10 23 
Andrew Orpik, Jr Boston College F 18 3 3 39 
Corey Tropp, Fr Michigan State F 21 5 6 11 
NAME/YR SCHOOL GP W L GA SV SV%
Nicholas Eno, Fr Bowling Green  5 21  175  .893 


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Prospects
NAME TEAM P GP G A PTS PIM
Jean-Simon Allard St. John's C 41 12 32 44   36
Benjamin Breault Baie-Comeau C 35 18 18  36   34
TJ Brennan St. John's D 39 8 16 24  53
Paul Byron Gatineau C 27 17  14 31  6


Russian Super League

NAME TEAM P GP G A PTS PIM
Vacheslav Buravchikov AK Bars Kazan D 27 0 0 0 8
Denis Denisov Omsk Avangard D 32 4 5 9 22
Denis Ezhov Traktor Chel. D 37 1 5 6 42
Artem Kryukov St. Petersburg C 32 7 8 15 36
Pavel Voroshnin Mytische D 18 0 0 0 12


German Hockey League
NAME TEAM P GP G A PTS PIM
Felix Schutz ERC Ingolstadt C 32 7 9 16 68


Alberta Junior Hockey League
NAME TEAM P GP W L GA GAA SVS SV%
Bradley Eidsness Okotoks G 29 17 2 47 2.10 694 93.66


Russia-1
NAME
TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Maxim Schevjev Djurgarden J20 SuperElit 4 0 10 
  Djurgarden Elitserien 21  0
  Nykoping Allsvenskan 10 0 0 6

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