SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Austin scores his first of the year; Nelson's point streak hits nine games
|Brady Austin (Belleville)|
Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) scored his first two goals of the season last week, including one while shorthanded, as the Belleville Bulls earned three of a possible six points to maintain a firm grip on second place in the OHL’s East Division. The defenseman also added an assist to give him a total of nine points (2+7) after 28 games.
The 6-foot-4 Austin has blossomed into a dependable force on the back end since arriving in Belleville last season. A native of Bobcaygeon, Ont., Austin plays a physical, shutdown role while using his mobility and the experience gained while filling in as a forward during his time with the Erie Otters to join the rush up ice.
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Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) posted one regulation goal, a shootout game winner and four assists last week to keep his U20 Team Canada hopes alive while helping guide the Owen Sound Attack to a four-game winning streak. Catenacci, who has points in four straight outings, continues to lead the Attack in scoring with 17 goals and 43 points in 29 games.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) scored his eighth goal of the year Saturday as Saginaw clobbered Ottawa 10-3. The defensive-minded center, who also notched an assist Sunday in the Spirit’s 4-3 shootout loss to Owen Sound, has collected a total of 21 points this season while leading the club with 55 penalty minutes.
Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) was plus-one in the week’s two games as the Barrie Colts maintained their position atop the Eastern Conference standings. The steady defender will continue to shoot for his first goal of the year when the Colts host Sudbury on Thursday.
|Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec)|
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) unloaded a power play one-timer Sunday for his 25th goal in 27 games as the Quebec Remparts claimed a 3-1 victory over Baie-Comeau . The stalwart centerman has garnered points in all but four outings this season, and is fourth overall in league scoring with 46 points.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) extended his point streak to a career-high nine games with single assists in each of Victoria’s three contests last week. The 19-year-old center is one of three Sabres prospects producing at a point-per-game pace, generating six goals and 22 assists to place second in team scoring.
Saskatoon Blades goaltender Andrey Makarov was victorious in two of three starts, including a 25-save performance Friday for his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Calgary. The Russian backstop enters December toting a 13-12-0-1 record with a 3.03 GAA and .907 save%.
Prince George Cougars forward Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) enters the week awaiting a decision on the length of his suspension following a checking to the head penalty assessed in Friday’s loss to Victoria. The Cougars leading point-getter, Jacobs missed Saturday’s rematch with the Royals while the case entered the league’s disciplinary review process.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored his fourth goal of the year Thursday as Cedar Rapids dropped a wild 6-5 overtime decision to Chicago. Peterson’s rebound put-back gives him 11 points through 16 games for the RoughRiders.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) snapped a 12-game goal drought Friday with a strike from the slot as Minnesota earned a weekend split with Nebraska-Omaha. The sophomore winger has posted two goals and nine points in 15 games for the Gophers, who will hit the halfway mark of their season next weekend with a WCHA series at Colorado College.
Sophomores Jake McCabe (2012, second round) and Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) were each held off the scoresheet as the Wisconsin Badgers captured three points with a tie and victory at fourth-ranked Denver. The Badgers will look to keep the momentum going next weekend with a home set against Michigan Tech.
|Linus Ullmark (MODO)|
Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made his Swedish Elite League season debut Tuesday, stopping all 10 shots he faced in 27 minutes of relief work as MODO dropped a 3-1 decision to Skelleftea AIK. After serving as the reserve goaltender for the top club, Ullmark returned to MODO J20 on Sunday, stopping 18 of 21 shots in 3-2 loss to Lulea HF.
Assat Pori winger Joel Armia (2011, first round) did not play in the week’s three games, but was able to resume skating on his own while recovering from an upper body injury sustained on November 17 in a game versus JYP. Barring setbacks, the big winger will look to get SM-Liiga game action before joining Finland’s U20 national team for the 2013 World Junior Championship later in the month.
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.