Sabres Prospects at World Junior Championships

By pbadmin
The World Junior Championships are currently being played in Finland and Don
Luce, director of Scouting and player development for the Buffalo Sabres, must
like what he’s seeing from the six Buffalo Sabres prospects.

Mika Noronen, the Finish goalie and Buffalo first round pick in the 1997 entry
draft, has looked very good so far in wins over Canada and Sweden. He did not
play in Finland’s shutout of Germany.

Cory Sarich, the tough western Canadian defensemen was Canada player of the
game in their 4-0 loss to Sweden. He has looked good but his mistake late in
the third period allowed Finland to score the winning goal on Christmas Day.

Both Sabre Russian players, Maxim Afinogenov and Alexie Tezikov, have played
well, though all their statistical information was gained during Russia 12-1
rout of Kazakhstan.

This has been my first change to see or hear from Kamil Piros. From what I’ve
been told he has been rather impressive. He has shown good overall skills and
some very positive offensive display. Hopefully I can track down more
information on him for the future.

Henrik Tallinder from what I can gather is mere window dressing. He hasn’t
made any impression with AIK, and he isn’t making any here either.

Here’s a look at their numbers so far:


Mika Norinen 6-1 191 18 Tappara (Finland)
GP min GGA record SO saved/faced save%
Tappara (Finland) 21 1201 2.85 11-8-2 1 425-482 0.882 3 ½ stars
Team Finland (WJC) 2 120 2.50 2-0-0 0 48-53 0.906 3 ½ stars

Cory Sarich 6-3 182 19 Saskatoon (WHL)
GP G A pts +/- Pim
Saskatoon (WHL) 28 2 23 25 -4 65 WHL 4 stars
Team Canada (WJC) 3 0 0 0 ? ? WJC 3 stars

Henrick Tallinder 6-3 194 18 AIK (Sweden)

AIK (Sweden) 17 0 0 0 -6 6 Elite league 2 stars
Team Sweden (WJC) 1 0 0 0 ? 2 WJC 1 stars

Alexei Tezikov 6-1 198 19 Moncton (QMJHL)

Moncton (QMJHL) 33 12 16 28 +4 108 QMJHL 4 stars
Team Russia (WJC) 3 0 3 3 -- 2 WJC 3 stars

Kamil Piros 6-1 183 18 Litinov (Czech Rep.)

Litinov (Czech Rep.) Club Statistics not available
Team Czech Rep. (WJC) 3 1 2 3 -- 2 WJC 3 ½ stars

Maxim Afinogenov 5-11 176 18 Moscow Dynamo (Russia)

Moscow Dynamo (Russia) Club Statistics not available
Team Russia (WJC) 3 2 2 4 -- 0 WJC 3 stars