SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) had a goal and three assists Friday to lead Quebec to a 7-2 shellacking of Shawinigan. Grigorenko, who on Sunday posted two assists as the Remparts cruised to a 6-1 victory over Sherbrooke, has recorded 12 points in four March tilts to elevate his season line to 14-21-35 through 20 games. Winners of seven of their last 10 games, the Remparts currently sit sixth overall in the league standings with three regular season dates remaining.
William Carrier (2013, second round-STL) struck twice Friday to guide Drummondville to a 2-1 victory over Sherbrooke. On Sunday, Carrier finished with six shots on goals and his first fighting major of the year in the Voltigeurs 3-2 win triumph over Victoriaville. Carrier has amassed 20 goals, including six game winners, and 61 points with just two games left on the schedule. The Voltigeurs are currently in seventh place in the QMJHL standings, one point behind Grigorenko’s Remparts.
WATCH: CARRIER SCORES TWICE
Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) scored on the power play Sunday as Sudbury was defeated by North Bay 4-1 in a key divisional contest. The marker, Baptiste’s 43rd goal in his 63rd game, rivals previous 43-goal outputs by Tyler Ennis (61 games, 2008-09) and Derek Roy (62 games, 2001-02). The Battalion victory vaults them past Baptiste’s Wolves into first place in the Central Division standings, with the two clubs set to play a rematch Friday in Sudbury as the Wolves begin a three-game weekend to close out the regular season schedule.
Eric Locke (2013, seventh round) scored two goals Thursday in Saginaw’s 8-3 thrashing of Windsor. Locke’s first goal came while shorthanded, giving him a league-leading six tallies while down a man. The Spirit captain has totaled 24 goals and 56 points through 45 games.
Saginaw centerman Justin Kea (2012, third round) notched three helpers Thursday for his third three-point night of the year in the Spirit victory over Windsor. Kea enters the final week of play with 19 goals and 45 points. With a playoff spot already reserved, the Spirit currently occupy sixth place in the Western Conference standings with three games left to play.
In Saturday action, Nikita Zadorov (2013, first round) notched an assist to snap his four-game point drought as London skated to a 5-1 victory at Owen Sound. Named OHL Defenseman of the Month for February, Zadorov has 29 points (11+18) in 34 games this season for the Knights, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.
London defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) notched a pair of assists as the Knights earned a 4-0 shutout win over Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday. Austin’s helpers up his career-high point total to 33 (9+24), while his plus-48 rating is currently tied for second-best in the league with three games left to play.
Kitchener forward Justin Bailey (2013, second round) remained out of action for the 10th game in a row. With a Plymouth win on Thursday, the Rangers were officially knocked out of playoff contention.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) picked up an assist Saturday as Victoria held on for a 3-2 win over Kamloops. The energetic forward has 51 points with four games remaining on the regular season schedule. The Royals are locked in as the No. 3 seed when the Western Conference playoffs begin.
Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) earned a power-play assist Saturday as Harvard’s season came to an end with a 2-1 loss at No. 15 Yale. Malone, who logged a season-low minus-three rating in Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Bulldogs, finishes his freshman campaign with six goals and 20 points in 31 contests, earning All-Ivy Co-Rookie of the Year honors along the way.
J.T. Compher (2013, second round) notched an assist Friday as No. 11 Michigan smoked rival Michigan State 7-1. The following night, Compher recorded four shots on goal as the Wolverines edged the Spartans 4-3. Compher has gone seven games without scoring a goal, but remains the Wolverines’ leading point-getter with 29 (11+18) through 32 appearances.
Hudson Fasching (2013, fourth round-LA) contributed two shots on goal over the weekend as No. 1 Minnesota earned a victory and a shootout loss at Ohio State. The freshman winger, who for the first time since December has gone three games without getting on the score sheet, ranks fourth on the Gophers in team scoring with 12 goals and 27 points.
Junior forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) made his first appearance for Minnesota after a five-game absence, notching one shot on goal in the Saturday shootout loss to the Buckeyes. The Gophers visit Michigan next weekend for a key, two-game series to end the regular season.
Jake McCabe (2012, second round) collected an assist Friday as No. 5 Wisconsin doubled Penn State 4-2. McCabe, who produced one shot on goal in a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday, leads all Badgers defenders with career highs of seven goals and 23 points.
Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) produced three shots on goal over the weekend in Wisconsin’s sweep of the Nittany Lions. The junior winger has four goals and nine points in 31 outings. Winners of five straight, the Badgers close the regular season next weekend at Michigan State.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) scored a power play goal and added an assist as Green Bay lost 6-4 to Fargo. Hurley’s 10th multi-point effort of the season, and fourth in his last seven games, boosts his season totals to 12 goals and 42 points through 47 games.
Cal Petersen (2013, second round) stopped 27 of 29 shots in Waterloo’s 3-2 win at Des Moines. The victory, Petersen’s second in his last three starts after a four-game stretch of losses, moves the Notre Dame commit to 25-5-3 on the year with a 2.49 GAA and .916 save%.
Cedar Rapids forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) remained out of action last week as the Roughriders lost both of their contests. The St. Cloud State commit hasn’t played since Feb. 9, but remains the team’s second-leading producer with 15 goals and 29 points in 40 games.
MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made three starts last week, earning two victories and one defeat. Ullmark made 28 saves Tuesday and stopped both shootout attempts as MODO got past Lulea HF 4-3. Two days later, the 6-foot-3 netminder stopped 23 of 25 shots as MODO doubled SHL top dog Skelleftea AIK 4-2. Ullmark returned to the crease Saturday, making 35 saves as MODO ended the regular season with a 5-3 loss to HV 71. The 20-year old completed the schedule with a 17-16 record, backed by a 2.08 GAA and league-best .931 save%. MODO finished in eighth place in the SHL standings, setting up a best-of-three play-in series with Linkopings HC beginning Monday.
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