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SABRES PROSPECT REPORT

2012 draft pick Logan Nelson was among several prospects that lit the lamp over the weekend

Monday, 09.17.2012 / 1:57 PM / Features
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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SABRES PROSPECT REPORT
2012 draft pick Logan Nelson was among several prospects that lit the lamp over the weekend
Logan Nelson (Photo: USA Hockey)

With exhibition schedules winding down in the North American junior ranks, regular season play got underway in Europe over the weekend with a pair of Buffalo Sabres prospects taking part.

Finnish wing Joel Armia began his 2012-13 campaign with a bang Friday, ringing up two goals and an assist to lead Assat to a 3-0 shutout of Lukko. Armia buried a backhand to get the Aces on the board midway through the second period before striking again with a rising wrist shot nine minutes later to secure the win. A season ago, Armia needed 15 games to get his second regular season goal.

On Saturday, Armia completed a four-point weekend with an assist in the Aces’ 3-0 blanking of TPS. The quick start gives the 2011 first-rounder plenty of momentum heading into Assat’s Wednesday matchup at winless Karpat.

In Sweden, Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) experienced different results as MODO J20 opened their SuperElit schedule with a pair of weekend defeats. Ullmark made 26 saves Saturday as MODO dropped a 3-2 decision to Brynas. The 6-foot-3 netminder returned to the crease Sunday, making 15 stops while allowing two third-period goals in a 2-1 loss to Vasteras. MODO J20 returns to action Friday versus Mora.

In preseason play, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) posted a hat trick Friday but it wasn’t enough as Cedar Rapids was edged by Waterloo 5-4. Taylor Cammarata, who will skate in Buffalo on September 29 in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, paced the winners with two goals and an assist. The clubs will next travel to Sioux City, Iowa in the coming week for the 2012 USHL Fall Classic, a four-day showcase where all 16 member clubs play a three-game slate to close the exhibition schedule.

In the WHL, Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) scored his first goal of the preseason as Victoria doubled Vancouver 4-2. The 6-foot-1 forward calmly lifted a backhand from the edge of the crease to tie the game 2-2 late in the opening frame. Next up for the Royals is Friday’s regular season opener at Vancouver.

Andrey Makarov (Photo: Getty Images)

Saskatoon backstop Andrey Makarov saw action in both ends of a home-and-home series with Regina over the weekend. On Friday, the newly-signed Russian stopped all 13 shots he faced in a half-game’s worth of work as the Blades edged the Pats 2-1. Makarov played the entire way the following night, making 17 saves in a 4-3 loss. The Blades’ reigning MVP, Makarov is expected to get the start this Friday when the Blades push-off at Prince Albert.

Colin Jacobs posted an assist as Prince George suffered a 4-3 shootout defeat at Kamloops. The 6-foot-2 center finishes the preseason with three points (2+1) in four contests. The Cougars open the season Saturday at Everett.

In the OHL, Justin Kea (2012, third round) ramped up with a goal as Saginaw completed the preseason with a 5-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie. Kea, who scored just three times in 65 games last season, rang a shot under the cross bar as the Spirit went on a three-goal assault in the final minute of the middle period. The Spirit are idle until Friday’s opener at Guelph.

Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) skated without a point as Barrie downed Guelph, 4-2. The 6-foot-4 defender finished the exhibition skates with goal and an assist for the Colts, who kick off the season Thursday versus Ottawa.

Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) wore an “A” Friday in Belleville’s 5-4 win over Oshawa. The Bulls will next travel to Sarnia for Friday’s season opener.


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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82