SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Find out what Buffalo's prospects have been up to in the last week
Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) scored a backhand goal and an assist in regulation Saturday, then added a second helper on the overtime game winner as No. 15 Wisconsin defeated Colorado College 4-3. The career-high three points was Navin’s first multiple-point outing since a two-point effort (1+1) on Dec. 10, 2011 against Minnesota-Duluth. The third-year man has five points (3+2) in 14 games this season while leading all Badger forwards with a plus-five rating.
Jake McCabe (2012, second round) contributed five shots on goal in Wisconsin’s weekend sweep of Colorado College. The mobile, two-way defenseman has produced 10 points in the Badgers’ first 10 games, but has just one in his last four.
J.T. Compher (2013, second round) saw his five-game point streak come to an end Wednesday as No. 3 Michigan played to a 2-2 tie with No. 4 Ferris State. The freshman center, who joined Team USA over the weekend as the Americans look to defend World Junior gold, is tied for Michigan’s team lead in points with 14 (5+9) in as many games.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) raced to fill a lane and cash a shorthanded marker Wednesday as Saginaw smoked Plymouth 6-2. The goal, Kea's third shorty of the year, ups his season point total to 28 (13+15) through 32 games.
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Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) notched his 20th goal of the year Friday plus an assist as Sudbury doubled up Oshawa 4-2. Baptiste, whose even-strength strike made him the first Sabres prospect to hit the 20-goal mark this season, has amassed 42 points through 33 games to place 20th overall among league scorers.
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) snapped his five-game point drought Friday with a goal and an assist as Kitchener dropped a 5-2 decision to Owen Sound. The Williamsville, NY-native followed that up on Sunday by firing his 11th goal of the season as the Rangers got hammered 5-1 by Sault Ste. Marie.
WATCH: JUSTIN BAILEY
On Saturday, Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) converted a wrist shot to add a fifth goal to his season resume as London lost a 4-3 shootout decision to the CHL’s top-ranked club, Erie. The big defender has collected 16 points and a plus-18 rating with exactly one half of the regular season schedule (34 games) in the books.
Victoria Royals leading scorer Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) missed the week’s three games with an upper body injury. Nelson is listed as day-to-day.
In Friday action, Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 39 saves to earn the game's number one star as Waterloo earned a 5-3 victory over league front-runner Omaha. The following night, Petersen came on in relief early in the middle frame and stopped 21 of 22 shots to spark the Black Hawks to a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Team USA. Petersen now heads home for the holidays with a 13-2-1 record, 2.60 GAA and a .918 save%.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored his 10th goal of the year Friday and was named the game's number three star as Cedar Rapids came up short in a 4-1 loss to Chicago. Peterson heads to the break as the RoughRiders third-leading point-getter with 16 (10+6) in 22 games.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) went without a point in the week’s two games as Muskegon logged a pair of losses at Indiana and Chicago. Hurley, who has produced seven assists but no goals in his last 14 contests, will look to resume his playmaking ways when the Lumberjacks return to work Dec. 29 versus Youngstown.
Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
Goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) started all three games for MODO, stopping 33 and 35 shots respectively in losses to AIK and Lulea HF before posting a 21-save performance Saturday in a 6-3 doubling of Leksands IF. Ullmark has earned eight wins in 18 starts this season while amassing a 2.05 GAA (3rd in SHL) and .933 save% (2nd). With the SHL off to break, the talented netminder will join Team Sweden for the Channel One Cup from Dec. 19-22.
MODO winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) returned from a two-game hiatus, posting an assist in Saturday’s win over Leksands IF. The 19-year-old gunner, who enters the break as MODO’s co-leader in points with 15 (8+7), reported to Sweden’s National Junior Team training camp over the weekend as his country prepares to host the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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.