I, (Jared), linked up with Sabres Prospect Writer, Max Marko, to bring you this scouting report of Sabres prospects from day one of the NCAA and CHL Playoffs. Max does a great job with his writing and analysis so if you enjoy this article make sure to check out his twitter and his other work:
It was a busy Friday for Sabres Prospects as the postseason for both the collegiate level and junior level kicked off today. Here’s how the Sabres prospects in action and their respective teams did:
Harvard 3 (Malone) vs Providence 0 (Florentino)
Malone: Sean Malone and the speedy Harvard Crimson secured themselves a 3-0 victory over the Providence Friars in their first match up of the NCAA Hockey Tourney.
Buffalo native and Sabres prospect Sean Malone is enjoying a career year during his senior campaign with the Crimson. Malone has 42 points in 33 games heading into the tournament and played a nice first game in helping secure the win. Although Malone didn’t capture a point or even register a shot on goal in this game, every shift he was on the ice for he seemed to make an impact. Harvard’s found success this year through a faster lineup and Malone is one of the fastest guys on the team. Malone really showcased his speed well in open ice and for a more skilled forward he’s also great in the corners. When he’s not the one distributing the puck on the half wall he has great ability to find open ice either in front or behind the net to get the puck and make a play. Malone has good vision which is capped off by his passing ability and seems to be able to thrive with the puck both in tight spaces and in open ice.
Malone is one of the more defensive responsible forwards on Harvard being a senior and played a good fundamentally sound game and never appeared to be out of position in either zone. Malone is relied on heavily in big face-off situations and did a good job boxing out his man in front of his own net.
Florentino: Senior defenseman Anthony Florentino’s college career came to an end as Providence fell to the Crimson. Florentino didn’t play a crucial factor in this game besides registering two shots. Florentino also took a slashing penalty but it was in the dying seconds of the game and played no part in the Friars loss. Florentino can either become a free agent or sign with Buffalo and likely report to Rochester next year.
Cape Breton (Glotov) 1 vs Gatineau 0 (OT)
Glotov: A goaltender’s duel ends with a shorthanded goal from Giovanni Fiore (UDFA) in overtime as #7 Cape Breton takes a 1-0 series lead over the #10 Gatineau Olympiques. Kyle Jessiman gets the 25 save shutout for the Screaming Eagles and Matthieu Bellmare makes 33 saves in the loss.
Vasily Glotov was rather impressive in his playoff debut in the QMJHL. In the offensive zone Glotov controlled the puck very well. He may have seemed a bit shaky at times but he held his own when facing pressure. Used his quick hands and feet to find the open spots.
Despite his size difference Glotov was rather agressive when handling the puck. Used his body to box out.
He was OK on faceoffs, not great. 9 for 14 on the dot.
Ottawa 67’s 2 vs Mississauga Steelheads (Osmanski) 6
Osmanski: The Steelheads blow out the 67’s in game one with the help of Owen Tippett (2017) (1G, 3A), Trent Fox (UDFA) (2G, 1A), Nathan Bastian (NJD) (1G, 2A), Michael McLeod (NJD) (1G, 1A), and Villi Saarijarvi (DET) (1G, 1A).
Austin Osmanski made some nice plays in the defensive zone in the first period before he was given a 10 minute misconduct for instigating.
While he was in the game I thought Osmanski made some great defensive plays to cover the middle of the ice in his own zone.
Windsor Spitfires 4 vs London Knights (Pu) 3 OT
Pu: Jeremiah Addison scores two, including the OT game-winning goal, as the Windsor Spitfires outlast the London Knights.
Cliff Pu played an average game. He didn’t make any real flashy plays. Cycled well in the offensive zone. Worked really well with Ducks prospect Max Jones.
Windsor’s first goal of the game came off of an unfortunate bounce that hit Tyler Parsons, Pu, and then right to Jeremiah Addison, who scores.
His line was often caught in the defensive zone after some nice offensive pressure and would ice the puck, but he made up for it with a very impressive faceoff performance; however, Pu did lose the last faceoff of the game that set up the Addison game winner.
Portland Winterhawks 4 vs Prince George Cougars (Guhle) 2
Guhle: Brendan Guhle and the Prince George Cougars dropped their first game of the WHL Playoffs 4-2 to the Portland WinterHawks. Special Teams played a large part in this game as the Winterhawks were able to obtain six power plays which had a large part in their swarm of 36 shots on goal. The speed of Portland’s forward group played a huge role in this game and the offensive contribution from the back-end and Defenseman like Caleb Jones made it tough on the Cougars. Although only capturing one point, projected 2017 first rounder Cody Glass stood out the most for the Winterhawks. Glass quarterbacked most of their plays and its evident why he’ll hear his name called rather early come June.
Although this wasn’t Guhle’s best game in a Cougars uniform it wasn’t a bad game, despite the loss. Approximately halfway through the game, Prince George had twenty one shots and six of them were registered by the nineteen year old defender. If Sabres fans know anything about Guhle it’s probably his skating ability and it was obvious why in this game. Guhle is an elite skater both speed and agility wise and it really sets him apart from everyone else on the ice. Guhle joined the rush several times whether he was carrying the puck or providing another option for a teammate. I’d say the biggest positive takeaway from Guhle’s game tonight was his presence on the opposing team’s blue line. It seemed he always knew just the right time to pinch or back off and his ability to strafe the blue line and dish the puck off or get a shot through to the front of the net was precise. On the defensive side, Guhle had a strong game and has a very noticeable active stick. He’s great at reading plays and usually only needs one sneeky poke or lift to pry the puck from the opponent.
There were only two truly noticeable negatives to take away from Guhle’s game tonight and one of them was more being unlucky than doing something wrong. Early in the second period Guhle engaged Winterhawks standout Cody Glass in his own corner and Glass made a nice move to spin off Guhle and try to cut towards the front of the net. Guhle was forced to hold Glass coming out of the corner to stop him from cutting to the net but already being down a man, it put his team in a tough position. Moments later one of his teammates shorthanded almost scored a goal of the year candidate but Keegan Iverson took the puck the other way and sniped one on the power play for what was the game winning goal. The more unfortunate moment was in the 3rd period when Guhle blocked a hard slapper from the point and was a bit shaken up. He spent a few minutes in the tunnel but was able to return to action and part take in the Cougars late push to try and tie the game.
I thought Guhle was one of the better players in PG’s lineup tonight and showcased his best qualities in this game.
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