Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth in goaltending
  • Many prospects ready for NHL
  • Depth at center
Weaknesses
  • Lack of depth and talent on wing

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Andrey Makarov Pro 7.0 D
2. Linus Ullmark Europe 7.0 D
3. Nathan Lieuwen Pro 6.5 C
4. Jonas Johansson Europe 6.5 C
5. Cal Petersen NCAA 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Joel Armia Pro 7.0 B
2. Justin Bailey CHL 7.0 D
3. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.0 D
4. Hudson Fasching NCAA 7.0 D
5. Vaclav Karabacek CHL 7.0 D
6. Jordan Samuels-Thomas Pro 6.5 C
7. Judd Peterson NCAA 6.0 D
8. Victor Olofsson Europe 6.0 D
9. Colin Jacobs Pro 5.0 D
10. Christian Isackson NCAA 5.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brendan Lemieux CHL 7.0 C
2. Nicolas Deslauriers Pro 7.0 D
3. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 D
4. William Carrier Pro 7.0 D
5. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
6. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
7. Brad Navin NCAA 5.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sam Reinhart CHL 8.0 B
2. Mikhail Grigorenko Pro 7.5 C
3. JT Compher NCAA 7.0 C
4. Johan Larsson Pro 6.5 B
5. Connor Hurley NCAA 6.5 C
6. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
7. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
8. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
9. Phil Varone Pro 6.0 C
10. Tim Schaller Pro 6.0 C
11. Kevin Sundher Pro 6.0 D
12. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Rasmus Ristolainen Pro 8.0 B
2. Jake McCabe Pro 7.5 C
3. Nikita Zadorov CHL 7.5 C
4. Mark Pysyk Pro 7.0 C
5. Chad Ruhwedel Pro 7.0 C
6. Brady Austin Pro 6.0 C
7. Anthony Florentino NCAA 6.0 C
8. Brycen Martin CHL 6.0 C
9. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc Pro 6.0 D
10. Mark Adams NCAA 5.0 D

Sabres Report: Disappointment Mounts Over Kriukov

by Ken McKenna
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What do hockey prospects Brooks Orpik, Krys Kolanos, Alexander Frolov, Anton Volchenkov, David Hale, Brad Boyes, Steve Ott, and Brian Sutherby all have in common? If you guessed that they were all chosen in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, you would, of course, be correct. More importantly, at least to Buffalo Sabres’ fans, is the fact that these were some of the more impressive prospects chosen after Buffalo selected Artem Kriukov with the 15th pick in the Draft.

Kriukov was an intriguing package of skills leading up to the 2000 Draft, with his main failing being a serious concussion that caused Artem to have his rating downgraded on several NHL team’s draft lists. Buffalo’s Director of Player Personnel Don Luce and his scouting staff saw Artem play on 15 different occasions following his injury, with Luce stating his satisfaction with the big Russian’s recovery.

Unfortunately, it appears that Luce and Company didn’t bother to measure Artem’s hockey skills, which at this point are non-existent.

Currently, Artem appears to be in hockey limbo, having yet to play a game in the 02-03 season for defending Russian Superleague champion Yaroslavl. There are reports that the 20-year-old center has been skating with the club, but he has not been able to crack the lineup of a team that appears to be making another run at a championship. Other reports have indicated that Kriukov has been seen practicing with Yaroslavl 2, a team in that same organization, but in a lower league. It does not appear that Artem has played for th Read more»

Sabres Report: Amerks Younger and Tougher

by Ken McKenna
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Following a season in which the Rochester Americans generated little excitement of any sort on the ice, Buffalo GM Darcy Regier and Rochester GM Jody Gage set about the task of adding some talented youth and muscle to the Amerks 2002-03 lineup. Regier and Gage hope the fruits of their labor will be apparent when Rochester opens their 47th season this evening against division rival Albany.

Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth will start the season without some of the better youngsters from last year’s squad, including goaltender Mika Noronen, defenseman Henrik Tallinder and center/winger Ales Kotalik. Noronen should remain a Sabre for the foreseeable future, since he will be backing up Buffalo starting goaltender Martin Biron. Tallinder and Kotalik may not be permanent fixtures in Buffalo, however, although Tallinder has certainly looked right at home on the Buffalo blueline.

To make up for the shortfall in young talent in Rochester, the Buffalo Sabres signed several of their prospects in the off-season. New faces in the Amerks lineup for the 02-03 season will include former MSU star goaltender Ryan Miller, 2001 draft picks Jiri Novotny, Jason Pominville and Ryan Jorde, and 2000 selections Paul Gaustad and Sean McMorrow. Also signed was 28-year-old Slovakian defenseman Radoslav Hecl, a 2002 draft choice. In addition to these seven newcomers, 2nd-year player Karel Mosovsky should see his first extensive action following an injury-aborted rookie campaign.

Perhaps the most significant additions to the 02-03 edition of Read more»

Sabres Report: 2002 Camp Winding Down

by Ken McKenna
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With less than one week left until the Buffalo Sabres play their final game of the 2002 preseason schedule, the team’s hockey brain trust is still in the process of paring their roster down to the 23-player roster limit. A handful of young prospects are making, or have made, some noise, but the end result of this trial period may be an opening-night Buffalo roster that is not all that different from the one that closed the 01-02 season.

Upon the completion of the St. Catherines portion of training camp, the Sabres began to whittle away at the training camp roster, with six players being returned to their respective junior teams. LW/C Daniel Paille (Guelph- OHL), LW Michael Tessier (Acadie-Bathurst- QMJHL), C Chris Thorburn (Saginaw- OHL), D Martin Cizek (Plymouth- OHL), D Dennis Wideman (London- OHL) and G Marty Majers (Owen Sound- OHL) were the junior-eligible prospects to return to the CHL. While Paille, Tessier and Majers were perhaps the most notable performers of the players sent down, it is safe to say that all six players have a good bit of work to do to make themselves bona fide pro prospects.

With the majority of the junior players having been sent to their respective teams, the Sabres’ next cut-down would include the first installment of players intended for the roster of Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Buffalo prospects included in these initial cuts were LW Milan Bartovic, C/LW Paul Gaustad, RW Jaroslav Kristek, RW Karel Mosovsky, C/W Read more»

Sabres Report: Black, White and Red

by Ken McKenna
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With an old hockey barn as the setting, the Buffalo Sabres last Friday began the on-ice segment of their 2002 training camp. Sabres’ coach Lindy Ruff and his assistants began the process of weeding through 52 camp attendees in the hopes of putting together a hockey club that is both competitive and successful.

Of particular interest to the coaching staff was the series of scrimmages that took place during the first three days of camp. The players were split into three squads, with each team featuring a mix of polished veterans, maturing prospects, and fresh newcomers. Each squad wore practice jerseys featuring one of the Sabres’ primary uniform colors- black, white and red.

There was just one scrimmage scheduled per day, with the non-scrimmaging team practicing in a separate rink. The first scrimmage of training camp featured the Red team vs. the White squad, with Red posting a relatively easy 7-4 victory. The game featured very little hitting, some sloppy play early on, but a fair amount of end-to-end action throughout. Some of the scorers for Red included Miroslav Satan (3), Derek Roy and J.P. Dumont, while Dimitri Kalinin, Norm Milley, Adam Mair and Jochen Hecht tallied for White.

In spite of the number of goals scored, there were several good saves by goaltenders on both squads. Mika Noronen started for Red, giving up just one goal in his two periods of work. Noronen’s backup in Rochester last season, Kenmore native Tom Askey, played well in the third period, but gave up three goals to a White squad that was more coh Read more»

Sabres Report: Dig the New Breed

by Ken McKenna
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With all the doom and gloom that supposedly surrounds the Buffalo Sabres franchise, you would think that those in the team’s hockey department would be in fear of even setting foot outside the club’s offices at the foot of Washington Street. This line of reasoning would be wrong, at least with regard to the signing of draft choices, with Sabres GM Darcy Regier having been quite active in bringing some new talent into the fold.

The most prominent signing, as well as the most recent, is that of Ryan Miller, who could well be considered the best goaltender not playing in the NHL. Miller (6’2″, 160 lbs.) ended a stellar collegiate career with the Michigan State Spartans, finishing as the NCAA’s all-time leader in shutouts with 26. The most distinguished of the many awards he received during his time at MSU was the Hobey Baker Award he won in 2001, which signified Ryan’s performance as the top player in college hockey for that season. Miller’s “worst” save percentage in his 3 years at MSU was .932, which came in his freshman season, while his highest goals-against average was just 1.77.

Miller is slated to spend the 2002-03 season with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, but it will be interesting to see how well he performs in his initial NHL training camp. Ryan’s presence should bring out the best in Martin Biron and Mika Noronen, the two young goaltenders ahead of Miller on the depth chart, so it could be a frustrating camp for some of the offensive players on Buffalo’s roster.

Three of the Sabres’ signings could give th Read more»