SABRES PROSPECT REPORT
Logan Nelson's shootout winner led the WHL's Victoria Royals to a weekend victory.
|Mikhail Grigorenko (Photo: Sabres.com)|
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) continued his torrid start to the QMJHL season over the weekend, ringing up two goals and five points to lead Quebec to a pair of victories. Grigorenko began on Saturday by scoring twice, including one on a beautiful breakaway, as the Remparts blanked Sherbrooke 5-0. The following afternoon, the crafty pivot picked up right where he left off with three assists to power the Remparts’ 4-2 win over Val-d’Or.
Grigorenko, who earned the number one star of the game in each of the wins, is a key catalyst for the Quebec power play that so far has clicked at an impressive 48 percent efficiency. With multi-point efforts in all four games this season, Grigorenko places second in QMJHL scoring with 11 points (3+8) heading into Tuesday’s game at Rimouski.
While one prospect was heating up in Quebec, Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) was busy keeping pace among WHL scoring leaders by collecting three points as Prince George split a weekend set at Seattle. The 6-foot-2 forward scored his second penalty-shot goal of the year and added an assist Friday to spark the Cougars to a 4-1 win. On Sunday, Jacobs used his big frame near the paint to earn an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss.
A native of Coppell, TX, Jacobs is currently tied for the WHL lead with nine points (4+5) through four games. He totaled nine goals and 19 points in 44 games a season ago.
In Friday action, Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) posted a goal and an assist before burying the shootout winner as Victoria skated to a 4-3 win over Kamloops. Nelson’s goal, his first of the season, came as he spun off a defender in the corner and made a powerful move to the front of the net.
Andrey Makarov made 26 saves Saturday as Saskatoon earned a 2-1 overtime win at Swift Current. Makarov ends the month of September toting a 2-2-0-0 record with a 2.96 GAA and .906 save%.
|Daniel Catenacci (Photo: Owen Sound)|
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) scored his third goal of the year Thursday as the Owen Sound Attack began a run of three games in three nights with a 4-3 shootout loss to Barrie. The pesky forward raced to the front of the net to bang home a loose puck while on a power play to tie the game 2-2 in the middle frame. Catenacci, who completed the weekend slate without a point, enters October leading the OHL with 23 penalty minutes.
In Saginaw, Justin Kea (2012, third round) scored his first goal of the year Thursday as the Spirit opened the home schedule with a 5-0 blanking of Sudbury. The two-way pivot has a goal and an assist through the Spirit’s first four games.
Belleville rearguard Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) picked up a power play assist in the Bulls’ Saturday loss to Oshawa. The Bulls assistant captain captured two points (0+2) in four September outings.
Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) maintained his tough defensive posture last week as Barrie skated to a pair of victories. The Colts will go for their first three-game win streak of the year Friday at Mississauga.
Cedar Rapids forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) had a successful USHL debut, potting an empty-net goal and an assist as Cedar Rapids kicked off the 2012-12 schedule with a 4-1 win at Green Bay. The RoughRiders will play their home opener Friday against Fargo.
|Joel Armia (Photo: IIHF)
With three straight starts last week, it appears that Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) has assumed the number one goaltender role for Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan.
Ullmark earned his first nod Tuesday, making 26 saves as Mora downed VIK Vasteras HK 6-2. Ullmark, who stopped 19 of 20 shots in shutout loss Thursday, returned to the crease Saturday with 25 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over Leksands IF. The 6-foot-3 backstop now has three wins in four appearances since being loaned from MODO J20 while amassing a 1.61 GAA (2nd in Allsvenskan) and .928 save% (4th).
Assat forward Joel Armia (2011, first round) went without a point in three Finnish SM-Liiga games last week, but did earn over 19 minutes of work in two of the three appearances. Armia remains tied for second in team scoring with five points (3+2) through seven games. He’ll look to snap the point drought Tuesday against the Lahti Pelicans.
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.