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Sabres Prospects Report: Baptiste lighting the lamp for Amerks

November has not been a kind month for the Rochester Americans, who are now in the midst of a six-game losing streak.

It doesn’t get easier for the Amerks, who will play six of their next seven games on the road. The lone home game in that span is Friday when the team hosts the Toronto Marlies on Star Wars Night at Blue Cross Arena.

Nick Baptiste has been using his time wisely back in the American Hockey League. The second-year pro returned to the Amerks on Nov. 18 and totaled nine points (eight goals, one assist) in a six-game point streak. The streak ended in Rochester’s 4-2 loss at Albany on Saturday. He is currently tied for third in the AHL with a team-best nine goals.

WHL

Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defensemen ) – Picked up his sixth assist of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday. He has a minus-9 rating in 22 games.

Giorgio Esephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – On a three-game point streak including netting one goal and two assists in his last game, a 4-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. He has 10 goals and 21 points in 21 games.

Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defensemen) – Was traded from the Prince Albert Raiders to the Prince George Cougars on Nov. 19. He has two goals with his new team, both on the power play. Guhle has a combined four goals and six points in 18 games in the WHL this season. All four of his goals have come on the power play.

Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Has had four straight multi-point games, including netting his second hat trick of the season in a 9-2 win over Kootenay Ice on Friday. He has 30 points in 25 games. Of his 13 goals two have come on the power play and two have been shorthanded.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – On a three-game point streak including goals in his last two games. In 23 games this season he has 10 points (six goals, four assists) and 19 penalty minutes.

OHL

Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – Has four points in 21 games this season (one goal, three assists) along with 24 penalty minutes.

Cliff Pu (London Knigiths, forward) – Saw his 18-game point streak end on Nov. 23 in a 2-1 shootout loss to Owen Sound. Pu ranks fifth in the OHL with 42 points in 23 games including 18 goals and 24 assists. He has four power play tallies, one shorthanded goal and has won 300 faceoffs.

QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – Ranks third on Cape Breton with 21 points and leads the team with 17 assists in 24 games played.

NCAA

Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Has five goals and nine assists in 16 games.

William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – Still looking for his first goal of the season, Borgen has seven assists in 12 games.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – Scored his first goal of the season Nov. 19 against New Hampshire. Has three points in 12 games.

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Surpassed his goal total from freshman year by picking up his fifth goal of the season in a two-point night at Harvard on Nov. 18. Has 13 points in 15 games.

Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) – Had a three-point night, including a power play goal, as the Friars earned a 3-2 win against Colgate on Nov. 26. The senior has five goals and five assists in 10 games.

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – Had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over Holy Cross on Nov. 25. The junior has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 14 games, ranking him third on the Fighting Irish.

Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – Has multiple-point performances in four of his last five games, including two goals in a 5-3 loss to Boston University on Nov. 22. He has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) through 10 games.

Philip Nyberg (Wisconsin, defenseman) – The native of Sweden originally signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Wisconsin this season, but reports from the Wisconsin State Journal said the letter of intent was voided because Nyberg did not pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language. He was projected to join the team for the second semester, but it was reported Wisconsin expected to roster additions at the semester break. Playing with Madison Capitols of the USHL where he has one goal and five assists in 10 games.

Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – Is 2-2-1 in his last five games. He has a 2.25 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Overall he his 7-5-2 on the season with one shutout.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – Leads the Huskies with seven goals on the season and is tied for the team-lead in points with 10 through 12 games.

Max Willman (Brown, forward) – Netted his fourth goal of the season against St. Lawrence, scoring on the power play in a 7-2 loss to St. Lawrence on Nov. 19. Three of his four goals have been on the power play this year.

Europe

Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 22 games for Farjestad BK.

Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 1.87 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in 17 games for Almtuna IS.

Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has five goals and six assist in 23 games for Frolunda HC.

Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Websites from Sweden say that he has a broken ankle and will be out until Christmas.

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