SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Locke had a hot hand this weekend; Compher debuted with Michigan
Saginaw captain ERIC LOCKE (2013, seventh round) scored twice Saturday, including the game-tying tally with just 19 seconds left in regulation, as the Spirit fell 6-5 in a shootout to Erie. Locke, who the night before notched a pair of assists in Saginaw’s 5-3 win over Mississauga, enters the week with eight points (3+5) in four games on the heels of an extended stay in training camp with the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
Locke’s teammate, JUSTIN KEA (2012, third round), provided a shorthanded goal and an assist in the loss to the Otters to give him back-to-back multi-point outings, following a two-helper performance on Friday. The fourth-year center is currently tied for the team lead with nine points (2+7) in 10 games.
NICK BAPTISTE (2013, third round) snapped a two-game drought Sunday with a regulation goal and a shootout marker in Sudbury’s 5-4 loss at Ottawa. The 19-year old winger has collected nine goals and 13 points through the Wolves’ first nine games.
On Saturday, JUSTIN BAILEY (2013, second round) crashed the crease for a power play assist as Kitchener was handed a 4-2 loss at Plymouth. Bailey has recorded points in four of seven games for a total of six (3+3) on the year.
Defenseman BRADY AUSTIN made his London Knights debut Thursday, recording an assist and a plus-three rating in a 4-1 triumph over Sarnia. Austin landed in London following a trade with Belleville that sent Dallas prospect Remi Elie back the other way.
LOGAN NELSON (2012, fifth round) extended his goal streak to four games Saturday when he sniped the game winner from a sharp angle with just over a minute left in regulation to guide Victoria to a 4-3 win over Lethbridge. Nelson has amassed seven points (3+4) through the four-game run, after starting the season with just one goal in his first six games.
VIDEO: WATCH NELSON'S GWG VS. LETHBRIDGE
Junior defenseman JAKE McCABE (2012, second round) stepped up with a shorthanded goal and an assist Friday as third-ranked Wisconsin opened the year with a 5-2 victory over Northern Michigan. The multi-point effort was the seventh of McCabe’s 66-game career as a Badger.
McCabe’s Badger teammate, BRAD NAVIN (2011, seventh round), netted an even rating while performing in a checking line role in the weekend sweep of the Wildcats. Wisconsin heads east next weekend for tilts with Boston College and Boston University.
J.T. COMPHER (2013, second round) made his collegiate debut Thursday with a two-assist effort as No. 11 Michigan downed Boston College 3-1. Compher, who is also seeing time at the point on first power play unit, followed up on Saturday with two shots on goal as the Wolverines rode a career-best 42-save performance by Buffalo-native Steve Racine to a 7-4 win at RIT.
VIDEO: WATCH COMPHER'S SLICK PASS TO MOFFATT
Freshman defender ANTHONY FLORENTINO (2013, fifth round) corralled a clearing attempt and scored off a slapshot Saturday as Providence completed the sweep of Minnesota State with a 3-0 triumph. The second-period strike came in the defender’s first-ever collegiate game.
VIDEO: WATCH FLORENTINO'S FIRST COLLEGE GOAL
CHRISTIAN ISACKSON (2011, seventh round) played left wing on the second offensive unit Friday as Minnesota kicked off their 2013-14 campaign with a 6-0 clobbering of Mercyhurst. The junior was a healthy scratch the following night as the Gophers downed New Hampshire to capture the title at the 2013 Ice Breaker Tournament.
CONNOR HURLEY (2013, second round) scored his third goal of the year but was stopped in the shootout as Muskegon came up short 4-3 at Green Bay. The Notre Dame commit has recorded a team-best seven points (3+4) through the Lumberjacks first seven games. Earlier in the week, Hurley was selected to represent Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge being held November 4-10 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
CAL PETERSEN (2013, fifth round) stopped 26 of 27 shots and was named the game's number one star Friday as Waterloo skated to a 5-1 win at Lincoln. Petersen has won three of his four starts thus far while compiling a 2.26 GAA and .925 save%.
Cedar Rapids forward JUDD PETERSON (2012, seventh round) sat out Saturday’s contest with Dubuque after receiving a one-game suspension for a slashing major back on October 4 versus Youngstown. The game itself was suspended when Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter was severely injured when he fell to the ice and hit his head during a fight.
Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
GUSTAV POSSLER (2013, fifth round) buried a rebound on Thursday to give him eight goals in his last nine games as MODO earned a 4-3 victory over Linkopings HC. Possler was blanked in Saturday’s win at Farjestads BK, but remains MODO’s leading scorer with 10 points (8+2) and 32 shots on goal.
LINUS ULLMARK (2012, sixth round) went 1-1 for the week. He made 27 saves Tuesday in MODO’s 1-0 loss to Skelleftea and then stopped 24 of 27 shots in Thursday’s victory over Linkopings. Through five starts, Ullmark places in the top-five among league goaltenders with a 2.15 GAA (fifth) and .933 save% (third).
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.