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How is Sabres 2013 draft class doing?



While you are busy focusing on the Buffalo Sabres, the staff at Inside The Numbers(which consists of just me) think its important to let you now how prospects in the Sabres organization are doing this season.  Today I will focus on this year's draft class with information courtesy of Kris Baker and Sabresprospects.com as well as the internet.  The top two picks you know about, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov.

Buffalo had three choices in round two.  Forward J.T. Compher is a freshman at the University of Michigan.  Compher is off to a good start for the Wolverines with 2 goals and six assists in 10 games. The eight points is tied for second on the team and the six assists lead the maize and blue.  One of 10 freshman on the roster, Compher has a point in six of his 10 games.  He's being used in all situations.  Compher had a shorthanded goal in Michigan's last game and he is on the right point on the power play.

Second rounder Connor Hurley is with Muskegon of the USHL.  He has three goals and eight assists in 14 games.  Hurley left the team to play for Team USA in the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia and his two goal, four point performance helped the U.S. advance to the championship game. The U.S. beat Russia for the title and Hurley has returned to the USHL.   Hurley has committed to play for the University of Notre Dame.

Second rounder Justin Bailey, who once played for Pat Lafontaine on the under 16 Long Island Royals, is having a strong season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.  The Western New York native has seven goals and nine assists in 21 games.  Bailey just had the first three point game of his career earlier this week against Erie.  His 16 points is tied for the team lead.

Third rounder Nicholas Baptiste is also in the OHL and like Bailey is having a very good season.  Baptiste has 17 goals and 30 points in 23 games.  He's 15th in the league in scoring.  Baptiste was the team's three star award winner for the month of October.  He  has a hat trick this season in addition to four 2 goal games. 

Fifth rounder Cal Peterson is playing goal for Waterloo of the USHL.  Like Hurley, Peterson played for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge and was between the pipes for the championship game victory.  With Waterloo, Peterson has recorded some tremendous numbers.  He's 8-1 with a 2.31 goals against average and .926 save percentage.

Fifth rounder Gustav Posler is playing for Modo in the Swedish Elite League.  The left winger leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 13 points in 18 games. 

Fifth rounder Anthony Florentino is in his freshman season at Providence College.  He plays defense for the Friars who were the third ranked team in the country going into the weekend.  Florentino is making a name for himself in year one in Rhode Island.  He has two goals and seven points in 10 games and is a plus 10.  He had a plus 6 game last month.  Florentino is tied for third on the team in scoring and leads the team in shots on goal even though he is a blue liner. 

Sixth rounder and Western New York native Sean Malone is playing for Harvard in the ECAC.  He recorded his first collegiate goal last weekend and has four assists to go along with that goal in his first eight games.

Seventh rounder Eric Locke is lighting up the scoreboard for Saginaw in the OHL.  Locke, who is the captain of the Spirit, has eight goals and 22 points in just 15 games and is a plus 12.  But he missed the last game with an injury and might be out for an extended period of time.

If you want to keep up on how Sabres draft picks are doing, make sure you check out Sabresprospects.com.

 

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