SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Baptiste and Bailey hit benchmarks; can anyone beat Cal Petersen?
Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) posted five points in three games last week, including a one-goal and two-assist effort Saturday to earn the number one star as Sudbury skated to a 4-2 victory over Belleville. The night before, the speedy winger notched a short-handed marker plus and a helper in a 4-2 doubling of Mississauga. The productive efforts boost Baptiste’s point total to 51 (23+28) through 40 games, surpassing the 48 points he collected in 66 games last season.
VIDEO: NICK BAPTISTE
Eric Locke (2013, seventh round) extended his point streak to six games with a power play tally and an assist on Friday, and then scoring his 13th goal of the year Saturday as Saginaw pushed their winning streak to four with victories over Ottawa and London. Locke has points in six of seven outings since returning from a six-week shoulder injury for a total of 30 (13+70) in 22 games. Just as important has been Locke’s hard work and leadership in both ends of the rink.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) snapped a four-game goal drought Friday with his 15th of the year in Saginaw’s 10-5 hammering of Ottawa. The power forward has recorded one point in his last five games, his quietest five-game block of the season. Kea remains among the Spirit’s offensive leaders with 34 points in 42 games.
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) scored with 3:17 left in regulation to force overtime on Friday, but Kitchener was defeated 6-5 by Niagara. The Williamsville, NY-native, who has 13 points (8+5) in his last 12 games, has lit the lamp 17 times in 42 games this year, equaling the 17 goals posted in 57 games last season. Bailey enters the week as the Rangers’ second-leading scorer with 32 points.
VIDEO: JUSTIN BAILEY
London defenseman Nikita Zadorov (2013, first round) returned to the OHL Friday from his stint with Team Russia, posting an assist as the Knights were defeated 5-3 by Guelph. Zadorov, who was blanked in weekend losses to Saginaw and Sault Ste. Marie, has seven points (2+5) and a plus-five rating in 11 games since being returned from Buffalo.
Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) notched his sixth goal of the year as London dropped a 5-3 decision at Guelph. The shutdown defender has 18 points (6+12) this season, while his plus-25 rating is good for 16th in the OHL.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) was placed back on the injured list after re-aggravating an upper-body injury. The scoring line forward has produced 12 goals and 32 points in 35 games.
Jake McCabe (2012, second round) picked up an assist Friday as No. 14 Wisconsin won a 5-2 decision over No. 9 Michigan. The junior defender, who was kept off the scoresheet as the Badgers earned the sweep with a 3-1 victory on Saturday, has five goals and 16 points at the 20-game mark.
Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) produced three shots on goal in Wisconsin’s sweep of the Wolverines. The third-year man has collected six points (3+3) this season, while his plus-nine rating ranks second among the Badger forwards.
Michigan forward J.T. Compher (2013, second round) was blanked over the weekend as the Wolverines started the 2014 portion of their schedule with a pair losses at Wisconsin. The fiery freshman appeared to score in the final minute with the extra attacker in Saturday’s defeat, but teammate Andrew Copp (WPG) was in the crease and the goal was waved off. Compher remains second on the team with 15 points (6+9) after 18 games.
Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) was unable to point last week as Harvard tied Quinnipiac 2-2, and lost to Yale 5-1 in a game played at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Malone ranks third in team scoring with nine points (3+6) after his first 16 collegiate contests.
Defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) did not play Friday as No. 6 Providence was defeated 5-2 by No. 4 Boston College. The freshman rearguard has collected eight points (3+5) and a plus-14 rating in 18 games, but has recorded just one point - a goal - in his last 10 games.
Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) remained out of action last week with a lower-body injury. The fourth-year player has appeared in just five games this, collecting one goal and a plus-four rating.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) was scratched Sunday as No. 1 Minnesota edged Penn State 3-2. The junior forward has four points (1+3) in nine appearances for the Gophers.
Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn his eighth-straight victory as Waterloo defeated Des Moines 3-1. The Notre Dame commit, who made 27 saves Friday in an 8-3 throttling of Sioux Falls, improves to 19-2-1 this season with a 2.43 GAA (5th in league) and .918 save% (5th).
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) picked up two assists last week to extend his point streak to four games as Green Bay defeated Sioux City and lost at Dubuque. The skilled centerman has points in five of six games since being traded from Muskegon over the holiday break, giving him 19 (6+13) on the year.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) logged a minus-three rating as Cedar Rapids lost at Omaha 5-3. The second-year man has gone a season-high four games without a point, but still leads all RoughRiders skaters with 12 goals through 30 games.
Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 35 saves Wednesday as MODO posted a 3-2 win over HV 71. On Friday, Ullmark came on in relief late in the second period, allowing two goals on eight shots in less than 23 minutes of work as MODO was blown out by 8-2 by Linkopings. Ullmark has won 10 of 20 starts this season, compiling a 2.05 GAA (4th in league) and a league-best .932 save%.
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