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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Linus Ullmark Europe 7.5 D
2. Cal Petersen NCAA 7.0 C
3. Andrey Makarov Pro 7.0 D
4. Jason Kasdorf NCAA 7.0 D
5. Jonas Johansson Europe 6.5 C
6. Nathan Lieuwen Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Justin Bailey Pro 7.5 C
2. Nick Baptiste CHL 7.5 C
3. Victor Olofsson Europe 7.5 D
4. Hudson Fasching Pro 7.0 C
5. Vaclav Karabacek CHL 7.0 D
6. Judd Peterson NCAA 6.0 D
7. Colin Jacobs Pro 5.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jimmy Vesey Pro 7.5 B
2. William Carrier Pro 7.0 C
3. Alex Guptill Pro 7.0 D
4. Daniel Catenacci Pro 7.0 D
5. Gustav Possler Europe 7.0 D
6. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C
7. Evan Rodrigues Pro 6.0 D
8. Max Willman NCAA 5.5 C
9. Jean Dupuy CHL 5.5 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Connor Hurley NCAA 7.5 D
2. Tim Schaller Pro 6.5 C
3. Sean Malone NCAA 6.5 C
4. Eric Cornel CHL 6.5 C
5. Justin Kea Pro 6.0 C
6. Christopher Brown Junior 6.0 D
7. Giorgio Estephan CHL 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chad Ruhwedel Pro 7.0 C
2. Brendan Guhle CHL 7.0 C
3. Anthony Florentino NCAA 6.5 C
4. Brycen Martin CHL 6.5 C
5. Michael Sdao Pro 6.5 D
6. Brady Austin Pro 6.0 C
7. Devante Stephens CHL 6.0 C
8. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc Pro 6.0 D
9. Ivan Chukarov NCAA 6.0 D
10. Will Borgen NCAA 6.0 D

Sabres ’98 Training Camp Report

by Ken McKenna

Each fall, in 27 cities scattered around North America, NHL veterans and hopefuls gather to compete for roster spots in NHL training camps. There is always a feeling of optimism surrounding training camp, which is seen as a new beginning by fans of the respective teams. Every team is a Stanley Cup contender, at least until real bullets are fired in early October, and reality sets in.

In the case of the Buffalo Sabres, a team coming off a final four appearance, there will be precious few roster spots available to young prospects looking to make a good impression. The majority of the prospects will have to ply their trade in the minors, juniors or Europe with an eye toward next year’s training camp.

Still, it is worth recapping the progress of the Sabres prospects, and pointing out some of the strong (and weak) performances displayed thus far in the ’98 training camp. Rookie Camp

Prior to training camp proper, the Sabres first and second-year players took part in a rookie tournament in Kitchener, ON with rookies from the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. The Sabres compiled a 1-2 record in the tourney, defeating the Maple Leafs 2-1, but losing to the Habs 2-1 and the Hurricanes 4-2.
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Sabres Top 10 Prospects: Dipping into a deep pool of talent

by Ken McKenna

The Lindros family is whining about Eric’s contract, while Dominik Hasek wrapped his sports car around an elm tree, so that can mean only one thing: NHL training camps will soon be opening!

The Buffalo Sabres will begin their formal training camp in Austria on 9/13, with select rookies and prospects travelling to Kitchener, ON for a rookie camp prior to the trip to Austria. With the opening of camp only days away, I thought it would be a good time to offer up my thoughts on the players I consider to be the top 10 prospects in the Sabre organization.

Before listing these 10 players, these are the criteria I used to decide what qualifies a player for prospect status (as opposed to veteran or has-been): · the player must have played in less than 82 NHL games, i.e. a full seasons’ worth of games · the player must be 23 or younger With regard to the game requirement, I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of drafted players that make it to the NHL complete 82 NHL games somewhere between 2-4 years after being drafted. This would put most prospects in the 22-23-age range, which is where my age criteria come into play. Basically, if a player hasn’t had much NHL experience by the time he reaches the age of 23, his chances of making it in the NHL are not very good. There are exceptions, of course, but generally speaking the rule of 23 holds true in most cases.
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Sabres Prospects Update

by pbadmin

As of Mid-January 1998, here is my current feeling as to the Sabres top

Rank Player Ht. Wt. Age Location (league) +/- from Dec.
1. Erik Rasmussen 6-2 207 21 Rochester (AHL) new
2. Cory Sarich 6-3 182 19 Saskatoon (WHL) -1
3. Mika Norinen 6-1 191 18 Tappara (Finland) new
4. Alexei Tezikov 6-1 198 19 Moncton (QMJHL) -2
5. Maxim Afinogenov 5-11 176 18 Moscow Dynamo (Russia) -2
6. Darren Van Oene 6-3 207 19 Brandon (WHL) ---
7. Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre 6-3 207 20 Rochester (AHL) ---
8. Vaclav Varada 6-0 200 21 Rochester (AHL) -3
9. Luc Theoret 6-2 197 18 Lethbridge (WHL) +3
10. Scott Nichol 5-8 160 22 Rochester (AHL) ---
11. Jeff Martin 6-2 177 18 Windsor (OHL) +5
12. Kamil Piros 6-1 186 18 Litinov (Czech Rep.) new
13. Torrey Diroberto 6-0 186 19 Seattle (WHL) new
14. Jeremy Addouno 5-11 182 18 Sudbury (OHL) -1
15. Henrik Tallinder 6-3 196 18 AIK (Sweden) new
16. Sergei Klimentiev 5-11 200 22 Rochester (AHL) -1
17. Francois Methot 6-0 175 20 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) -3 Read more»

Sabres center prospects: Mid-season report Card

by pbadmin

Today we will wrap things up by looking at Buffalo’s prospects at the center

Star rating read as follows:

5 stars = Superstar potential

4 stars = A First Rate NHL player. Above average player

3 stars = Good NHL future. An average NHL player.

2 stars = Good minor league player. A below average NHL player.

1 star = Career minor leaguer. Emergency NHL help.



Torrey DiRoberto   5-11    180     19      Seattle (WHL)  2 ½ stars

Acquire: 1997 5th round Draft pick, 128th overall

Stats look: as of 1/15/98

15gm 7g 6a 13 pts +2 17 pim

Torrey was drafted last year as a 19-year-old. He is like Brian
Holzinger, similar size, skill and speed. Though perhaps a better
natural passer.

The 97-98 season has proven a difficult one for Torrey. First, he was injured
during last season playoff run. The result was shoulder surgery, which the
Sabres medical team recommended. This kept him out of the Sabres training
camp, plus most of the first three months of the WHL season. He only began to
play in late November. Being out for so long more than likely destroyed his Read more»

Buffalo Sabres Left Wing Prospects: Mid Season Report Card

by pbadmin

Today we look at Buffalo’s prospects at Left Wing.

Star rating read as follows:

5 stars = Superstar potential

4 stars = A First Rate NHL player. Above average player

3 stars = Good NHL future. An average NHL player.

2 stars = Good minor league player. A below average NHL player.

1 star = Career minor leaguer. Emergency NHL help.

Left Wings:

Daniel Bienvenue  6-0    196    20     South Carolina (ECHL)  1 stars

Acquried: 1995 5th Round pick, (Overall ??)

Stats Look: as of 1/12/98

Rochester (AHL) 9 0-0 0pts -5 15pim
South Carolina (ECHL) 21 3-3 6pts -4 2 pim

Daniel is a highly skilled player who simply needs to work hard and slowly
allow the Sabres organization to regain confidence in him. Since he was
demoted to the East Coast league, he has played ok but, but he hasn’t played
as well as he capable.

From my perspective, the best thing Daniel can do following this season is to
return to Buffalo, work with the training in the off season, and then work his
butt of in training camp next year. This would allow him to get back into the
minds of the Sabres brass. It would also represent a completely fresh start. Read more»