Sabres Prospects Notebook 10-21-19

Games Below From 10/14/2019 – 10/20/2019

  • Matej Pekar gets the award for Sabres Prospect of the week as he compiled 4 goals and 3 assists in 4 games for this Notebook timeframe.  Most of those were part of his 5 point effort on Saturday night but Pekar is currently has 11 goals in 11 games for the Barrie Colts and appears on track to best the production rate he had in an injury shortened 2018-19 season.
  • Dylan Cozens continues to be consistent for the Hurricanes of the WHL, adding another goal and 2 assists in 3 games.  He hasn’t had a multi point effort in his last 7 games but dos have 6 points over that span so he continues to consistently produce.
  • For the 2nd weekend in a row, Linus Weissbach was a big contributor on the score sheet.  Playing alongside Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield, Weissbach chipped in 1 goal and 3 assists in 2 games against last seasons NCAA Champions Minnesota-Duluth.  As mentioned last week, continuing to show he can contribute and keep up with elite level talent is great for his development and shows he could end up being a late round steal for the Sabres.
  • Arttu Ruotsalainen finished the week with 2 goals in 2 games, one being a late game winner for Ilves in Liiga action.  At almost a point per game this year (8 points in 9 GP), Ruotsalainen is showing growth from last year which bodes well for him possibly cracking the NHL roster next year.
  • Brett Murray recorded his 1st career AHL point (assist) while Ryan Johnson picked up the first 2 points (both assists) in collegiate career.  The arrow is pointing up on the 31st overall pick for the Sabres but he will still need to grow even more to justify taking him over others like Kaliyev and Fagemo who both are off to terrific starts in their respective leagues.
  • Erik Portillo played just one game and was not tested much, averaging just 20 shots against through 3 games.  He remains a perfect 3-0-0 on the year with a .933 Save %.
  • Lawrence Pilut returned from injury this weekend and looks to be one of the first callups to the NHL once he returns to game shape.  Pilut showed a lot of promise last season playing for the Sabres with his excellent skating ability and passing.  Given the hot start for Buffalo, it’s not the worst thing to have Pilut stay with the Amerks for a while as though he flashed a lot of potential last season, still showed some greenness in decision making which need to be honed and there’s no better place to do that than the AHL.
  • Aaron Huglen has yet to play a game for Fargo (USHL) due to injury while Oskari Laaksonen picked up an injury that will have him sidelined for approximately 4 weeks.  Rasmus Asplund appeared to suffer an injury this weekend but as of Monday was back practicing.
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was activated last week and assigned to Rochester so we should expect to see him get some action in the near future as the Amerks are off to a 3-2-1 start.  Per @LetsGoAmerks the timeline for Luukkonen to appear in games is about 3 weeks.

NOTE:  For recaps below, we are highlighting any prospects who contributed on the score sheet over the past week or did anything notable.  For an overall view of Sabres Prospects and their stats, be sure to check The Charging Buffalo’s Prospect Stat Tracker which is updated daily here —-> TCB Sabres Prospect Stat Tracker 



C Dylan Cozens – Lethbridge Hurricanes

3GP 1G 2A 3PTS



C Matej Pekar – Barrie Colts

4GP 4G 3A 7PTS


AHL – Rochester Americans

RW Tage Thompson

2GP 1G 0A 1PTS

LW Brett Murray

1GP 0G 1A 1PTS



LW Arttu Ruotsalainen – Ilves

2GP 2G 0A 2PTS

RD Miska Kukkonen – Lukko

2GP 0G 1A 1PTS



LW Lukas Rousek – Praha

2GP 1G 0A 1PTS



LW Linus Weissbach – Wisconsin

2GP 1G 3A 4PTS

LD Ryan Johnson – Minnestoa

2GP 0G 1A 1PTS



G Erik Portillo – Dubuque

2GP – 2W – 2.35 GAA – .873 SV%


Week Ahead Schedule


Not Active – Injured

  • Aaron Huglen – Fargo (USHL)
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen – Rochester (AHL)

Not Active – No Games

  • Devante Stephens – Cincinnati (ECHL)

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