SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Goaltender Andrey Makarov had a big week between the pipes
|Andrey Makarov (WHL)|
Saskatoon Blades goaltender Andrey Makarov elevated his stock last week, shining in a pair of games for Team Russia at the Subway Super Series and earning his first shutout of the WHL season.
Makarov’s big week started last Wednesday with a sparkling 35-save performance as Russia dropped a 1-0 shootout decision to Team WHL in Game Five of the Subway Super Series. The following night, Makarov stopped 22 of 24 shots as Russia clinched their second series victory in the 10-year history of the event with a 5-2 win over Team WHL. Makarov finished as the series’ top goaltender with a 1-0-1 record, a sparkling 1.00 GAA and save percentage of .966.
The 19-year-old Makarov maintained his hot play upon returning to the Blades, winning two weekend starts beginning with Friday’s 42-save 4-0 blanking of Prince George. A workhorse in the crease, the 6-foot-1 netminder has appeared in all 22 games for Saskatoon, being the goalie on record for all but 63 minutes of action.
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Quebec centerman Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) netted two goals last week as the Remparts came away victorious in two of three outings. Grigorenko, who went without a point on Friday for just the second time this season, enters the week tied for fifth in league scoring with 38 points (18+20).
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) added four points to his season haul as the Owen Sound Attack won two of three contests. Catenacci, who saw his streak of four straight multiple point games end Sunday in a shutout of Windsor, has connected on two or more scoring plays in 13 of the Attack’s 23 games to place fifth in league scoring (15+21).
Justin Kea (2012, third round) notched his fifth goal of the season Wednesday as Saginaw claimed an 8-7 victory over in-state rival Plymouth. Kea’s tally, which knotted the score at six apiece, altered the game’s momentum entering the third period.
Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) posted two assists and a plus-seven rating in the week’s three games as Barrie claimed all six available points to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. The rearguard continues to anchor the Colts’ blueline corps with a strong two-way mix and key minutes on both sides of special teams.
Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) netted a cumulative plus-one rating as the Bulls won two of the three tilts. With the Bulls possessing a tight defensive focus, Austin has recorded just one assist in his last 13 games.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) snapped a nine-game goalless streak Saturday and added an assist as Prince George was defeated 5-4 in a shootout by top-ranked Kamloops. The Cougars’ leading scorer, Jacobs has produced at a point-per-game pace (9+13) through his first 22 appearances.
Victoria Royals forward Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) captured a helper in each of the week’s two games to push his season point total to 20 points (6+14). The gritty forward enters the week toting a three-game point streak.
A trio of Sabres collegiate prospects came together over the weekend as the Wisconsin Badgers, featuring sophomores Jake McCabe (2012, second round) and Brad Navin (2011, seventh round), visited Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) and the University of Minnesota. McCabe earned an assist thanks to a spinning backhand pass in Friday’s 2-2 tie. On Saturday, Isackson was credited with his seventh point of the year, an assist, as the Gophers closed the WCHA set with a 3-1 triumph over the Badgers.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) picked up an assist Friday as Cedar Rapids edged Sioux City 4-3. The RoughRiders rookie has amassed two goals and eight points through 11 games of his college preparatory year.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) showed no rust upon return from the international break, winning all three of his starts for MODO Hockey J20 highlighted by a 38-save performance in Sunday’s 2-1 win over AIK. As a reward for his play over the first two months of the season, the 6-foot-3 Ullmark traveled with MODO’s Swedish Elite League club to serve as the backup in Tuesday’s win over Vaxjo Lakers HC. Ullmark has won 10 of 14 starts this season en route to posting a 2.26 GAA and .911 save%.
In SM-Liiga action, Joel Armia (2011, first round) scored his ninth goal of the year Tuesday as Assat Pori defeated Jokerit 5-2. The smooth skating winger has 13 points in 22 games, an improvement from the three goals and six assists collected at the same point a season ago.
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