Sabres Prospects Notebook 2-1-2021

Games Below From 1/25/2021 – 1/31/2021

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 or clicking the image below.

Sabres Stats 2-1

Prospect of the Week:  LW – Linus Weissbach

Weissbach (Wisconsin) – 2 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS

The first Sabres prospect to receive this honor for a second time this year, Linus Weissbach continued his strong year this past weekend.  Playing on a line with Cole Caufield has certainly had a positive impact on Weissbach’s production but it is impressive that the 2017 7th round pick can keep pace with such a high end talent.

Weissbach had similar results last year that fizzled out as the year progressed but this season is proving to be a bit different.  Currently at 1.22 points per game, Weissbach is shattering his prior season best of 0.92 points per game that he set in his Sophomore campaign.  Of his 22 points this year, Weissbach has scored 55% of them at Even Strength and has yet to go consecutive games without a point through 18 contests.

It was a great feed across from Caufield on Weissbach’s goal, though the speed by Weissbach to drive to the net is what ultimately allowed the play to even happen.  Weissbach has been a staple on the Wisconsin Powerplay, manning the point at times and using his accurate passing to create opportunities with the man advantage.


Weekly Prospect Updates

  • Dylan Cozens may only have 2 goals on the season but he has shown so many good things early on that are impressive for a 19 year old in the NHL.  His subtle understanding of the play around him and his ability to transition up ice with ease should see him racking up the points soon, as well as further on in his career.  There’s so much to like about Cozens and he has already shown he deserves top 6 minutes and that putting him on the powerplay was absolutely warranted.  What impressed me about Cozens goal this past week was how he understood his positioning on the ice relative to where the puck was going, and also with respect to the defenders near him.  He makes a slight adjustment prior to the pass coming that enables him to get the shot off and this trait is something even the veterans on the team can learn from.
  • It took a few games but JJ Peterka finally found the score sheet for Munchen in the DEL.  Picking up a goal and assist in 2 games, Peterka is settling into his game a bit more since joining the German club.  Averaging 11:47 TOI through 6 games, Peterka’s ice time has been limited at even strength but he seeing the Powerplay regularly.  With his strong week, the hope is Peterka will see more time at Even Strength and further up the lineup than where he is currently slotted.
  • Costantini had another nice week, picking up a goal and an assist where he showed off his high end skills.  Showing that he is more than capable of producing in the USHL, Costantini used his speed and drove to the front of the net where he outmuscled a defender for position to tap in the cross ice feed.  His assist was a thing of beauty as well, sending a behind the back pass to the slot which ended up in the back of the net.  The 2020 5th round pick has impressed me early on and is exhibiting some sleeper potential.
  • Jakub Konecny has been playing for Litomerice of the 2nd Tier Czech league Chanceliga and was recently named to U20 National Team Camp for the Czech Republic.  He hasn’t done too much since making the jump from the U20 level earlier in the year but this past week had his best game all season, picking up 3 secondary assists.
  • Picking up 3 assists in 3 games for Tingsryds in Allsvenskan, Filip Cederqvist is likely going to draw some consideration to be called back up to the SHL.  His 26 points through 34 games are significant improvements off of his totals from last year and his game is looking like he’s ready to give the top Swedish league another go.
  • Ryan Johnson had been on a bit of a slump from a production standpoint though he has been getting top pair minutes.  Two weeks ago, he failed to manage even a point on any of the 20 goals that were scored by Minnesota but this past weekend was able to pick up a secondary short handed assist.  As 2nd ranked Minnesota appears to be a lock to play in the NCAA Tournament this year, Johnson should be a key contributor in what could be a legitimate chance at an NCAA Championship.
  • Albert Lyckasen had played some time with in a few Swedish leagues this year, most recently with fellow Sabres prospect William Worge Kreu in the SHL for Linkopings.  After receiving hardly any ice time as an extra defenseman, Lyckasen dropped down to Allsvenskan with Mora where he has gotten significantly more ice and also picked up a nice assist.  The 7th rounder in 2020 was an overager who has some offensive ability and needs a lot more development before he can be considered a legitimate asset to the prospect pool.
  • Marcus Davidsson has parted ways with Vasterviks of Allsvenskan as reported by a Swedish Hockey News article.  Davdisson’s struggles date back to last season and he has now had issues producing and playing well in both the SHL and Allsvenskan this year.  Averaging 14:59 TOI thus far and only putting up 5 points in 23 games, Davidsson is currently without a team and looks less and less likely to sign an ELC with the Sabres who own his rights until June 1st of this year.  The development of the former 37th overall pick in 2017 has been very disappointing to say the least.

Prospect Highlights

NHL

C Dylan Cozens (Buffalo)

4 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PTS


Extraliga

LW Lukas Rousek (Sparta Praha)

2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PTS


SHL

LD William Worge Kreu (Linkopings)

2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PTS


DEL

RW JJ Peterka (Munchen)

2 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS


KHL

LD Lawrence Pilut (Traktor)

2 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS


Chanceliga

LW Jakub Konecny (Litomerice)

3 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS


USHL

Matteo Costantini (Sioux City)

3 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS


NCAA

LW Linus Weissbach (Wisconsin)

2 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS

LD Ryan Johnson (Minnesota)

2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PTS.


Allsvenskan

LW Filip Cederqvist (Tingsryds)

3 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS

RD Albert Lyckasen (Mora)

2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PTS

Goaltenders

NCAA

G Erik Portillo (Michigan)

0 GP | 0 W | N/A GAA | N/A SVS | N/A %

NHL

G Jonas Johansson (Buffalo)

0 GP | 0 W | N/A GAA | N/A SVS | N/A %


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