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The Prospects Report is back, and Gustav Possler is already making his mark

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 11:18 AM / Fan Zone
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) hustled his way to success Thursday, notching a hard-working assist and then intercepting a pass for a short-handed goal as MODO dropped a 3-2 shootout decision at Leksands IF. The 18-year old winger kept the momentum going Saturday, snatching a rebound off a breakaway for his second goal in as many games as MODO again lost in the shootout 4-3 to Lulea HF. \r\n

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) hustled his way to success Thursday, notching a hard-working assist and then intercepting a pass for a short-handed goal as MODO dropped a 3-2 shootout decision at Leksands IF. The 18-year old winger kept the momentum going Saturday, snatching a rebound off a breakaway for his second goal in as many games as MODO again lost in the shootout 4-3 to Lulea HF.

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Through the season’s first four games, Possler leads MODO with three points (2+1), 11 shots on goal, and six blocks, all while averaging just 14:24 of work per outing. His play continues to conjure up images of former Sabres captain Jason Pominville, a trait that should bode well for him later this winter when Sweden builds their roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

As good as Possler was for MODO, teammate Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) may have been his equal in net.

Ullmark made his first regular season start of the year Tuesday, making 30 saves and assisting on an empty-net goal to earn player of the game honors as MODO downed AIK 3-1. Ullmark again got the nod on Thursday, turning away 41 shots in regulation and overtime in the shootout loss at Leksands. It wasn’t the number of saves that was impressive as much as it was quality, with the bulky backstop confidently using aggressive angles and a quick glove to thwart several point-blank opportunities.

OHL
Justin Bailey
(2013, second round) scored on the power play Friday as Kitchener kicked off the 2013-14 campaign with a 4-2 doubling of Saginaw. Bailey, whose all-around effort was rewarded with the game’s number two star, could find himself having a new linemate moving forward with Radek Faksa being returned to the Rangers over the weekend from his NHL stay in Dallas.

It took Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) just 4:01 into the season’s first game to get the lamp lit, but Sudbury surrendered six goals in the middle frame Saturday to suffer a 10-3 blowout loss at Sault Ste. Marie. A season ago, Baptiste went 10 games without a goal before getting his first of the year.

On Friday, Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) went deep into the zone for a wraparound goal and added an assist as Belleville lost at Ottawa 5-4. The defender earned another point the following night when his point-shot from the left side was tipped for the Bulls’ only goal in a 4-1 loss to North Bay.

Justin Kea (2012, third round) picked up one assist as Saginaw opened the season with a pair of road losses at Barrie and Kitchener. Through two games, the 6-foot-4 centerman has been featured on a line with 2013 NHL draft picks Jimmy Lodge (WPG) and Nick Moutrey (CBJ).

WHL
In Friday action, Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) notched a career-high four assists as Victoria kicked off the year with a 4-2 win over rival Vancouver. The four-point night, which earned him the game’s number two star, was the first for Nelson since joining the Royals back in 2011-12.

USHL
Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped 26 of 28 shots Saturday as Waterloo opened the 2013-14 schedule with a 3-2 victory at Chicago. Buffalo Regals product Patrick Polino beat Petersen for the first Steel tally, but the Notre Dame commit stopped the final 10 shots he faced, and shut door late with Chicago using the extra attacker.

Also from Saturday, Connor Hurley (2013, second round) notched two assists and a shootout goal to help Muskegon to a 5-4 victory at Green Bay. The win was a big one for the Lumberjacks, who walked away from the Gamblers rink with two points for the first time in franchise history.


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