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Sabres Prospects: Time for Cal O'Reilly to take his All-Star spotlight

For the fourth time in his career, Cal O’Reilly will suit up as an American Hockey League All Star.

The older brother of Sabres’ forward and NHL All-Star, Ryan O’Reilly, will play in Monday’s AHL classic held in Syracuse.

It was the first time for Cal representing the Buffalo Sabres organization in the All-Star weekend. He went in 2009 and 2010 with the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville) and last year with the Utica Comets (Vancouver).

“It’s always an honor to represent any team at an All-Star game,” O’Reilly said.

As captain of the Rochester Americans, he leads the team with 26 points on five goals and 21 assists in 38 games. His 21 assists rank him in the top 25 in the AHL. O’Reilly has an assist in five games during two different stints with the Sabres this season.

On Sunday night, he took part in two skills competition events, losing his puck control relay race to defenseman Brad Hunt (Bakersfield) while finishing last in the faster skater competition. O’Reilly turned in a lap of 15.495. Winner Derek Grant (Stockton) took the event in 14.307.

“It’s good fun, good skill and it’s always fun to watch everybody,” O’Reilly said.

“Mentally, it’s just a little more relaxed atmosphere. The All-Star Game is about fun and the fans so it’s good mentally to get a break and I still get a couple days after that to relax and refresh before we start up again.”

The Amerks return to action Friday when they play the Crunch in Syracuse. They hope the break provides a reboot after losing their last two games before the All-Star Break  -- 5-2 to Binghamton and 4-2 to Utica.

Justin Bailey has points in five of his last six games for the Amerks, including two goals and four assists. Bailey has 18 points on the season while fellow rookie forward Evan Rodriguez has 17 (five goals, 12 assists.) Nick Baptiste (right wing) has seven goals and 15 points but has been out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Also missing for most of January has been defenseman Chad Ruhwedel with a broken arm.

Western Hockey League

Giorgio Estephan (Forward, Lethbridge) – Had no and was a minus-2 combined in a pair of losses over the weekend. Estephan still ranks eighth in the WHL in scoring with 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists).

Brendan Guhle (Defenseman, Prince Albert) – Scored his seventh goal of the season in a 5-3 win over Medicine Hate on Saturday. He has 19 points on the season.

Brycen Martin (Defenseman, Everett) – Has a four goals and 27 assists on the season.

Devante Stephens (Defenseman, Kelowna) – Has two goals and five assists in 50 games for the Rockets with a plus-10 rating.

Ontario Hockey League

Eric Cornel (Forward, Peterborough) – On a four-game point streak with his 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists) ranking 17th in the OHL.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Vaclav Karabacek (Forward, Moncton) –  Finished January with a goal and an assist bringing his season total to 18 points (nine goals, nine assists).

College hockey                                                                    

Will Borgen (Defenseman, St. Cloud State) – The freshman has nine assists for the Huskies and a plus-nine rating in 24 games.

Christopher Brown (Forward, Boston College) –  The freshman has two goals and six assists for the Eagles.

Ivan Chukarov (Defenseman, UMass) – Scored his first two collegiate goals this weekend in a pair of losses to Maine.

Hudson Fasching (Forward, Minnesota) – The junior was held pointless as Minnesota lost to Bemidji State, 4-2, and to Minnesota State, 3-2, in the North Star College Cup. He had five shots and was a minus-2 on the weekend.

Anthony Florentino (Defenseman, Providence) – Has five goals and four assists for the Friars.

Connor Hurley (Forward, Notre Dame) – The sophomore has four goals and eight assists.

Jason Kasdorf (Goaltender, Rensselaer) – The senior split the weekend, making 29 saves in a 4-3 win at Brown and 30 saves in a 3-0 loss at Yale.

Sean Malone (Forward, Harvard) – Had a power play goal in Harvard’s 4-1 win over Princeton. He has five goals and six assists in 17 games.

Cal Petersen (Goaltender, Notre Dame) – Saw his 12-game unbeaten streak end in a 4-0 loss to Boston College. He made 35 saves in that game, giving him 725 on the season. His goals against averaged move to 2.22 while his save percentage is .926

Judd Peterson (Forward, St. Cloud State) – The sophomore has been held off the score sheet for eight games. He has 12 goals and seven assists on the season.

Max Willman (Forward, Brown) – The sophomore picked up an assist in a 4-3 loss to Rensselaer.

Europe

Jonas Johansson (Goaltender, Almtuna IS) – Through 33 games has a 2.37 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson (Forward, MODO) – Has 19 points with nine goals in 36 games.

Gustav Possler (Forward, MODO) – Has six goals and 12 assists in 39 games.

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