Sabres Report: Statistical Update for March

By Ken McKenna

The playoffs are in full gear in most of the hockey world, and will soon be revving up in the NHL, AHL and ECHL. For fans of the Buffalo Sabres, however, this is a bittersweet time of year due to their favorites once again missing out on the playoff excitement. But the teams’ play of late has been somewhat encouraging, which at least creates hope for next season.

Some of Buffalo’s prospects still are competing, however, and there is a chance that the farm team in Rochester could sneak into the AHL postseason with a season-ending surge. So this is by no means the final update of the prospects’ statistics, but rather a look at what Buffalo’s prospects have accomplished since the last update.

All prospects listed on the Sabres page are included in this table. All European players not designated with a number next to their country of origin (ex. CZE vs. CZE1) are playing in the top league in those countries, with the numbers next to the country abbreviation indicating participation in a lower league. Other abbreviations: NHL= National Hockey League, AHL= American Hockey League, OHL= Ontario Hockey League, QMJHL= Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, HE= Hockey East (NCAA), WCHA= Western Collegiate Hockey Association (NCAA), WJC= World Junior Championships. An asterisk [*] next to a team name indicates playoff statistics. Statistics are from games played through March 31st, 2003.

“>Forwards

Team

GP

G

A

Pts.

PIM

GWG

PPG

SHG

+/-’

Bartovic, Milan

Rochester (AHL)

73

18

9

27

82

5

2

0

-7

Bizyayev, Vasily

Not Available

Dubec, Marek

HC Vsetin (CZE)

22

2

4

6

24

-

-

-

-1

SK Horacka Slavia Trebic (CZE1)

16

3

2

5

24

-

-

-

-8

HC Vsetin (CZE Jr.)

5

5

6

11

10

-

-

-

0

HC Vsetin (CZE Jr.)*

3

1

0

1

14

-

-

-

0

Gaustad, Paul

Rochester (AHL)

77

13

37

50

132

1

3

3

2

Buffalo (NHL)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hulva, Jakub

HC Vitkovice (CZE)

5

0

1

1

0

-

-

-

0

HC Slezan Opava (CZE1)

6

0

0

0

0

-

-

-

0

HC Vitkovice (CZE Jr.)

18

10

13

23

18

-

-

-

0

HC Vitkovice (CZE Jr.)*

10

3

3

6

10

-

-

-

0

Klepis, Jakub

HC Slavia Praha

38

2

6

8

22

-

-

-

-1

Slavia (CZE Jr.)

7

0

2

2

53

-

-

-

0

Slavia (CZE Jr.)*

4

4

3

7

6

-

-

-

0

Kotalik, Ales

Buffalo (NHL)

44

14

7

21

22

2

2

0

4

Rochester (AHL)

8

0

2

2

4

0

0

0

-5

Kristek, Jaroslav

Rochester (AHL)

47

15

17

32

24

2

5

0

3

Buffalo (NHL)

6

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

-2

Kriukov, Artem

Siber Novosibirsk (RUS)

8

0

0

0

27

0

0

0

-

McMorrow, Sean

Rochester (AHL)

62

0

1

1

301

0

0

0

-3

Buffalo (NHL)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Milley, Norm

Rochester (AHL)

64

14

30

44

37

1

6

0

5

Buffalo (NHL)

8

0

2

2

6

0

0

0

-2

Mosovsky, Karel

Rochester (AHL)

62

5

4

9

75

1

1

0

-14

Novotny, Jiri

Rochester (AHL)

41

2

9

11

14

0

0

0

-13

Czech Republic (WJC)

6

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

Paille, Daniel

Guelph (OHL)

54

30

27

57

28

-

8

4

7

Guelph (OHL)*

6

1

4

5

4

-

1

0

2

Canada (WJC)

6

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

Peters, Andrew

Rochester (AHL)

54

2

0

2

210

0

0

0

-17

Pominville, Jason

Rochester (AHL)

70

12

20

32

16

2

3

0

4

Roy, Derek

Kitchener (OHL)

49

28

50

78

73

-

12

2

23

Kitchener (OHL)*

4

1

7

8

2

-

0

0

6

Canada (WJC)

6

1

2

3

4

0

0

0

2

Ryan, Mike

Northeastern University (HE)

34

18

14

32

30

2

8

0

-9

Shevjev, Maxim

Amur Khabarovsk (RUS)

21

0

0

0

10

0

0

0

-

Tessier, Michael

Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

62

20

30

50

114

6

7

2

8

Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)*

4

1

5

6

4

0

0

0

4

Thorburn, Chris

Saginaw/Plymouth (OHL)

64

30

41

71

124

-

8

0

16

Plymouth (OHL)*

3

2

2

4

0

-

2

0

-1

Vondrka, Michal

HC Ceske Budejovice (CZE)

27

1

3

4

4

-

-

-

-6

IHC Pisek (CZE1)

18

3

2

5

39

-

-

-

-1

HC Ceske Budejovice (CZE Jr.)

7

4

1

5

4

-

-

-

0

Defensemen

Team

GP

G

A

Pts.

PIM

GWG

PPG

SHG

+/-’

Adams, John

Boston College (HE)

32

2

5

7

18

1

0

0

11

Aslund, Calle

Huddinge IK (SWE1)

23

2

2

4

40

0

0

0

-6

Huddinge IK (SWE1)*

14

1

1

2

26

1

0

0

9

Huddinge IK (SWE2)

4

0

2

2

16

0

0

0

2

Ballard, Keith

Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)

43

12

29

41

74

3

4

1

7

Cizek, Martin

Plymouth (OHL)

58

2

7

9

40

-

1

0

13

Plymouth (OHL)*

3

0

0

0

2

-

0

0

-2

Denisov, Denis

Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RUS)

47

2

8

10

12

0

0

0

-

Janik, Doug

Rochester (AHL)

72

3

13

16

118

1

1

0

-12

Buffalo (NHL)

6

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

Jorde, Ryan

Rochester (AHL)

70

0

2

2

136

0

0

0

-16

Tallinder, Henrik

Buffalo (NHL)

44

3

10

13

28

0

1

0

-5

Wideman, Dennis

London (OHL)

55

20

27

47

83

-

9

1

4

London (OHL)*

7

4

3

7

8

-

3

0

0

Goaltenders

Team

GP

Min.

SA

Saves

Save %

GAA

W

L

T

Magers, Marty

Owen Sound (OHL)

26

1394

806

712

0.883

4.05

6

15

2

Sudbury (OHL)

13

645

356

310

0.871

4.28

1

10

1

Miller, Ryan

Buffalo (NHL)

15

912

410

370

0.902

2.63

6

8

1

Rochester (AHL)

44

2637

1304

1200

0.920

2.37

21

17

5

*playoffs

 

Notes: University of Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard will be appearing in his second consecutive Frozen Four Tournament…Kitchener Rangers center Derek Roy finished 18th in scoring in the OHL, but had one of the better point-per-game averages in the league…London Knights defenseman Dennis Wideman was 12th in scoring amongst OHL rearguards…Buffalo right wing Ales Kotalik’s Rookie of the Month award for January was the first honor of that type for a Sabres’ rookie in 15 years, with Ray Sheppard being the last Sabre to receive that honor…Defenseman Doug Janik, center Paul Gaustad and right wing Sean McMorrow all made their NHL debuts within the past month.

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