NHL Prospects Roundup: Bailey, Reinhart give potential glimpse of Sabres’ future

By Ken McKenna
Justin Bailey - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey currently is 10th in scoring in the OHL with 14 goals and 15 assists (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)


Buffalo Sabres fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about so far in the 2014-15 season, but a pair of Sabres prospects provided a spark of hope for the future this past week after being named the Player of the Week in their respective leagues.


Bailey, Reinhart provide offensive spark for CHL teams


Buffalo Sabres 2013 second round selection Justin Bailey has turned in a strong season so far for the OHL‘s Kitchener Rangers, having picked up 29 points in 19 games this season. This past week, Bailey notched seven points (4G, 3A) in three games, including a four-point effort against the Plymouth Whalers last Friday night that featured his second hat trick of the 2014-15 season. You can view the highlights of Bailey’s big night at this link. For his efforts, Bailey was named the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week, which comes on the heels of Bailey signing his first NHL contract with the Sabres.


Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart has given a spark to the Ice since his return to the WHL. The Ice is currently on a five-game winning streak, with Reinhart coming off of a week where he posted one goal and six assists. His seven-point week earned Reinhart the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week award. The second overall selection at the 2014 NHL Draft was returned to the Ice by the Sabres on October 31st, with the Ice winning all four games that Reinhart has appeared in to date. Reinhart also competed in the 2014 Subway Super Series where he captained Team WHL in their two-game series against Russia.


Below is highlights from Reinhart’s three-point game vs. the Lethbridge Hurricanes last Friday night.



McDonald’s home cooking leads to league honor


Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Mason McDonald turned in a pair of strong performances for the Charlottetown Islanders this past weekend, helping that team to a current three-game winning streak. McDonald stopped 51 of 53 shots in the two wins, a showing that led to his being chosen the QMJHL’s third star of the week. On the season, McDonald has posted a 2.78 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage, totals that place him sixth and fifth, respectively, in the QMJHL in those two categories.


Shore notches seven points for streaking Monarchs


As if having the Los Angeles Kings win a Stanley Cup last season wasn’t enough, the AHL farm team Manchester Monarchs are now sitting atop the that league’s Eastern Conference standings after a week that included four victories. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Kings’ forward prospect Nick Shore, who notched three goals and added four assists for a seven-point week. Shore is the leading scorer for the Monarchs with 14 points (6G, 8A) in 14 games, which ties him for 16th overall in the AHL. His seven point week led to his being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week.


Highlights from Shore’s big week can be viewed below.

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