Buffalo Sabres Update

By pbadmin
Buffalo recently sent Erik Rasmussen and Jay McKee down to Rochester to get
more playing time. Buffalo also allowed Rochester to re-assign Mike Zanutto
and Daniel Bienvenue to South Carolina of the ECHL for the same reason.

I had a chance to talk with the Sabres Direction of Player Developement and
the Head of the Scouting Department, Don Luce, he told me that as of now
Buffalo has no plans to recall anyone besides Rasmussen, McKee, Mike Hurlbut
(D) or Patrice Tardif (RW) (both a veterans) and maybe Scott Nichol. He felt none of
the other prospects were ready to contribute at the NHL. Luce also stated
that he was surprised by the overall positive play of Jean-Luc Grande-Pierre
and Denis Hamel. Both came into training camp with serious questions marks a
both need to pick up their skating. In each case their poor skating was
considered the key in holding back any NHL career. Grande-Pierre has improved
quite a bit, while Hamel is
improving much slower but he is using his other assets to catch the scouts
eyes.
Luce also state that he was thrilled to hear how well Alexie Tezikov was
playing but he hadn’t had a chance to see an QMJHL games. He was planning and
making a round in mid January to look at the Russian and Francois Methot.

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

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

1997-98 Rochester Amerk Stats of Sabres Propsects

Thru 12/6 Rochester Stats

No. PLAYER POS GP G A PTS +/- PIM
14 Varada, Vaclav RW 22 14 11 25 10 40
25 Menard, Martin C 21 9 4 13 -3 16
11 Hamel, Denis LW 22 5 6 11 4 55
3 Klimentiev, Sergei D 21 2 7 9 -3 28
2 Hurlbut, Mike D 14 5 3 8 -8 8
15 Wright, Shayne D 22 0 8 8 -1 27
22 Tardif, Patrice RW 17 2 5 7 1 30
21 Nichol, Scott C 17 5 1 6 -9 51
19 Davidson, Matt RW 21 2 4 6 -6 6
40 Ndur, Rumun D 16 1 5 6 5 76
4 Grand-Pierre, J-L D 21 2 3 5 -1 63
8 McKee, Jay D 3 0 1 1 -3 0
17 Rasmussen, Erik C 3 0 0 0 1 7
X Zanutto, Mike C 9 0 0 0 -1 0 - Now in ECHL
X Bienvenue, Daniel LW 9 0 0 0 -5 15 - Now in ECHL

PLAYER gpi Min gga W L T SO GA saves Save%
Bales, Mike 7 361:31 2.82 2 4 0 0 17 164 0.906
Biron, Martin 14 843:37 3.56 5 5 4 1 50 415 0.892

1997-98 Players Stats of Sabres Junior Propsects

Pos. Player Team (League) GP G A Pts +/- pim
LW Van Oene Brandon (WHL) 31 13 14 27 +18 118
D Theoret Lethbridge (WHL) 32 9 21 30 +10 54
D Kemp Lethbridge (WHL) 13 0 1 1 -5 14 - injured
D Sarich Saskatoon (WHL) 27 2 23 25 -3 63
C Diroberto Seattle (WHL) 2 0 1 1 0 5
C Campbell Ottawa (OHL) 30 8 18 26 +15 11
RW Davis Owen Sound (OHL) 25 10 8 18 -10 43
C Martin Windsor (OHL) 30 12 17 29 -5 20
RW Adduno Sudbury (OHL) 30 19 34 53 +15 22 - 2nd in OHL
C Moriter Sarina (OHL) 24 9 13 22 +4 12
D Martone * Peterbrough (OHL) 22 1 13 14 +5 52
D Tezikov Moncton (QMJHL) 30 12 16 28 +4 102
RW/C Methot Shawingan (QMJHL) 11 13 11 24 --- 0 - injured

* = overage junior players

Players TEAM GP MIN GGA W/L/T SO save %
Bulher Medicine Hat (WHL) 19 1093 4.45 5-12-1 0 .878

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)