Sabres Update

By pbadmin

Note: I want to open this report by correcting a mistake a made during my
Sabres prospect writeup. I confused two Sabres draft picks. I identified
Martin Menard using Marian Menhart bio line. As you can tell the two have
very similar names and if you look too quickly you can confuse the two, which
I did. Martin is actually 5-8 165lb LW, not a 6-3 220lb D as I identified.
Marian Menhart (Prince Albert) was never offered a contract but he was at
the Sabres training camp as a special invite.

I appoligize for the confusion. The mistake was completely unacceptable.

As of Mid-November 1997, here is my current feeling as to the Sabres top
prospects.

Note: I still am not ranking the Sabres European based players as I do not
have enough specific information about them. I will wait until after the
World Junior Championships to rank them.


Rank Player size age team (league) Oct. rank
1. Cory Sarich 6-3 182 19 Saskatoon (WHL) 1
2. Maxim Afinogenov 5-11 176 18 Moscow Dynamo (Russia) 2
3. Alexei Tezikov 6-1 198 19 Moncton (QMJHL) 4
4. Martin Biron 6-1 160 20 Rochester (AHL) 6
5. Vaclav Varada 6-0 200 21 Rochester (AHL) 7
6. Darren Van Oene 6-3 207 19 Brandon (WHL) 3
7. J-L. Grand-Pierre 6-3 207 20 Rochester (AHL) 9
8. Scott Buhler 5-11 169 19 Medicine Hat (WHL) 5
9. Denis Hamel 6-2 205 20 Rochester (AHL) 12
10. Matt Davidson 6-2 190 20 Rochester (AHL) 10
11. Sergei Klimentiev 5-11 200 22 Rochester (AHL) 11
12. Francois Methot 6-0 175 20 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 14
13. Luc Theoret 6-2 197 18 Lethbridge (WHL) 13
14. Scott Nichol 5-8 160 22 Rochester (AHL) 8
15. Jeff Martin 6-2 177 18 Windsor (OHL) 15

- Van Oene’s drop is more to to the improved play of others.

- Buhler’s drop is due more to Biron improved play and the fact that Medicine
Hat is simply an awful junior team.

- Nichol’s drop is more due to an injury which kept him out for 3 weeks.

1997-98 Rochester Amerk Stats of Sabres Propsects


# PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM
14. Varada - LW 14 6 10 16 21
25. Menard - LW 14 7 2 9 14
11. Hamel - LW 14 4 4 8 36
3. Klimentiev - D 14 1 5 6 18
19. Davidson - RW 13 2 2 4 6
40. Ndur - D 8 1 3 4 50
15. Wright - D 14 0 5 5 23
23. Tardif - D 8 1 2 3 19
4. Grand-Pierre - D 13 0 2 2 37
21. Nichol - C 9 1 0 1 22
Hurlbut - D 6 1 1 2 4
Bienvenue - C 9 0 0 0 15
Zanutto - C 9 0 0 0 0

# Players GP MIN GGA W L T SO Svs%
1. Martin Biron 10 ???:?? 3.03 3 4 3 1 .899
30.Mike Bales 3 122:22 1.96 1 1 0 0 .???

1997-98 Players Stats of Sabres Junior Propsects

Pos. Player Team (League) GP G A Pts +/- PIM
LW Van Oene Brandon (WHL) 23 10 9 19 +17 90
D Theoret Lethbridge (WHL) 23 6 17 23 +7 40
D Kemp Lethbridge (WHL) 13 0 1 1 -5 14
D Sarich Saskatoon (WHL) 20 2 19 21 -4 45
C Campbell Ottawa (OHL) 21 4 14 18 +10 9
RW Davis Owen Sound (OHL) 18 8 5 13 -10 41
C Martin Windsor (OHL) 24 7 13 20 -7 14
RW Adduno Sudbury (OHL) 22 16 26 42 +10 16
C Moriter # Sarina (OHL) 11 5 10 15 --- 8
D Martone * Peterbrough (OHL)17 1 11 12 +3 40
D Tezikov # Moncton (QMJHL) 19 9 9 18 --- 69
RW/C Methot # Shawingan (QMJHL)11 13 11 24 --- 0

* = overage junior players # = no recent update available

Players TEAM GP MIN GGA W L T SO Svs%
Bulher Medicine Hat (WHL) 13 749 4.97 3 10 0 0 .873

European Based Players: No Statistical update
G Mika Norinen 6-1 191 18 Tappara (Finland)
D Henrick Tallinder 6-3 194 18 AIK (Sweden)
C Kamil Piros 6-1 183 18 Litinov (Czech Rep.)
RW Maxim Afinogenov 5-11 176 18 Moscow Dynamo (Russia)

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