With the National Hockey League trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, here's a look at the prospects in the Buffalo Sabres organization.
Among those players in major-juniors having outstanding seasons are forwards Giorgio Estephan with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Cliff Pu with the London Knights.
Defenseman Brendan Guhle already made an NHL impression this season with an emergency call-up but he is out of the Prince George Cougars lineup indefinitely with an ankle injury.
Among the college hockey prospects are Harvard senior Sean Malone, having a career-best season with 32 points, while Notre Dame junior goaltender Cal Petersen has backstopped the Irish to a No. 12 ranking in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll.
American Hockey League
In Rochester, Cole Schneider leads the team with 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) through 50 games. Cal O’Reilly has 41 points followed by Nick Baptiste with 20 goals and 32 points.
Justin Bailey and Evan Rodrigues, both up with the Sabres, have also produced for the Amerks this season. Bailey has 19 goals and 10 assists in 40 AHL games while Rodrigues has nine goals and 18 assists in 45 games.
The Sabres first-round pick in 2017, Alexander Nylander, has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 49 games.
The Amerks lost their last two games, both the Syracuse Crunch. They play back-to-back home games this weekend, hosting the St. John’s IceCaps at 7 p.m. Friday and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7 p.m. Saturday in Blue Cross Arena.
Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defenseman) – Has three assists in his last four games. While still looking for his first goal he has 24 assists in 53 games.
Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – Ranks third on the Hurricanes in scoring with 72 points in 58 games. Has 27 goals, six on the power play, with 45 assists.
Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defenseman) – Out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Has not skated since Jan. 29 in Edmonton. In 40 WHL games he has 12 goals and 12 assists.
Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Picked up two assists in his last two games to give him 34 for the season. With 22 goals (six on the power play, two short-handed) he has 56 points in 55 games.
Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Had a four-point game Feb. 26 in a 9-5 win over the Spokane Chiefs. He scored his 11th goal of the season and picked up three assists. On the season he has 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games.
Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – The East Aurora native scored his second goal of the season on Feb. 24 in a 10-1 win over the Peterborough Petes. Through 48 games has seven points (two goals, five assists).
Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – On a six-game point streak with four goals and four assists over that span. Ranks eighth in the OHL with 76 points (33 goals, 43 assists) in 54 games.
Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – In 56 games has 13 goals (three power play, one game-winner, one short-handed) and 34 assists.
William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – The sophomore has two goals and nine assists in 29 games.
Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Returned to the lineup for the weekend when the Eagles dropped two games to UMass-Lowell. Has seven goals and 15 assists in 30 games.
Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – Scored his second goal of the season in a 6-2 loss to Providence on Feb. 24. In 34 games the sophomore has eight points.
Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 33 games.
Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) – The senior has nine goals and seven assists in 27 games for the Friars.
Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – ND Insider reports that the junior is out for the rest of the season with an undisclosed personal issue. Has four goals and 12 assists in 21 games.
Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – Registered his 18th assist of the season in a 4-1 win over Clarkson on Feb. 24. The senior from West Seneca has 14 goals and 32 points in 29 games.
Philip Nyberg (Connecticut, defenseman) – Scored his first collegiate goal, on the power play, in a 5-3 win against New Hampshire on Feb. 24. Has six points in 14 games for the Huskies.
Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – Split the weekend against Boston University, stopping 37 shots in a 3-1 win on Feb. 24 then let in four goals on 36 shots in a 4-1 loss on Feb. 25. On the season the junior has a 2.12 goals against average and a .927 save percentage and a 19-10-5 record.
Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – Scored his 10th goal of the season late in the third period to send Friday’s game against national No. 1 Denver into overtime, but the Huskies lost, 4-3. The junior has 10 goals and five assists.
Max Willman (Brown, forward) – The junior had an assist in a 7-2 loss to Princeton on Feb. 24 and an assist in a 4-1 loss to Quinnipiac. Through 29 games has 10 goals and 15 assists.
Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has four goals and 13 assists in 34 games for Farjestad BK.
Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 2.24 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 35 games for Almtuna IS.
Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has nine goals and 17 assists in 46 games for Frolunda HC.
Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Has two goals and one assist in 16 games for Djurgardens IF after missing the first half of the season with a broken ankle.