As the title of this article suggests, there is a fair amount of Sabres’ prospect news to catch up on. Some of the items may have already received a mention at the HF Sabres Message Board, but I think it is worth repeating them in this column so that those who had not previously seen these news items will now be caught up.
There is also some information that is new, including an assessment of the changes to the Top 20 list. A couple familiar names have been removed from the list, while some new prospects have moved up the charts, so there is definitely a minor changing of the guard amongst the Buffalo prospects.
D Dimitri Kalinin and LW Denis Hamel both have made the most of their rookie seasons, as they are inexperienced players who have stepped in and contributed immediately. Kalinin has been the more highly touted of the two, as he has performed at a high enough level to have some supporters whispering “Calder Trophy nominee” (Dimitri has struggled some of late, however). Dimitri was always known for his strong defensive play, but he has also exhibited some offensive ability which will only improve as he becomes more confident.
Meanwhile, Denis Hamel has quietly been playing solid hockey, mostly on Buffalo’s 4th line. Denis has chipped in the occasional goal while concentrating on playing a grinding, defensive style that is sure to please coach Lindy Ruff. Hamel has scored 7 goals, with 3 of those goals being game-winners.
Both players have played at least 25 games this Read more»
German prospects – the update
A rating for the games since 14th till 22th January
G Christian Rohde plays in two of three games for the Augsburger Panther in the DEL. In the 9-2 win against Eisbären Berlin he replaces Nr.1-goalie Jason Muzzatti for the last 37 seconds. Three days later he plays as the starting-goalie against the Kassel Huskies. In a solid performance in the regualar time he saves 42 shots (4 GA). After the regualar time (4 – 4 goals) he helped his team with his fast gloves to a 5-4 win after the shootout. Stats: Augsburg/DEL: 2 GP, 61 MIN, 1-0-0, 4 GA
Season Stats: Augsburg II/4th: 24 GP, 1434 MIN, 8-16-0, 83 GA, 1 SO, GAA 3,89
Augsburg/DEL: 3 GP, 77 MIN, 1-0-0, 5 GA, SavePct 90,20%, GAA 3,85
The Adler Mannheim defeat Oberhausen 9-2 to go on top of the table and especially in this game, their 19 year-old defender Denis Seidenberg plays a very good defensive and offensive part. The undisputed „player of the game“. Stats: Mannheim/DEL: 3 GP, +1
Season Stats: Mannheim/DEL: 38 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 PTS, +3, 0 PIM
Mannheim II/4th league: 8 GP, 3 G, 7 A, 10 PTS, 20 PIM Read more»