Sabres Prospects Notebook 2-16-2021

Games Below From 2/8/2021 – 2/14/2021

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.

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Prospect of the Week:  C – Matteo Costantini

(Sioux City) – 4 GP | 3 G | 3 A | 6 PTS

Costantini recorded at least a point in every single game he played this week, having played 4 games in 6 nights.  A 5th round pick of the 2020 draft has shown he likely would have dominated the BCHL had their season actually came to fruition and is playing excellent hockey in the USHL currently.

After going 4 straight games without a point, Costantini showed off his offensive skills and speed, scoring 3 goals and 3 assists.  His puck handling ability has shown to be excellent, making very difficult passes that some players wouldn’t even dare try.  Costantini had a beautiful behind the back pass that resulted in a goal earlier in the week that was a tribute to his understanding of where his teammates are on the ice.

Costantini showed some versatility as a goal scorer, picking up one with a quick shot that beat the goalie clean and a few others where he got in tight on the net and scored what can be called some dirty goals.  Known to have an extremely high work ethic, it’s clear Costantini is out to prove he was worth being selected in the draft.  He is developing nicely in his DY+1 in preparation to make the jump to the collegiate level next year with North Dakota.


Weekly Prospect Updates

  • As of writing this, Dylan Cozens is still on the COVID-19 protocol list and missed the Sabres 1st game back in action against the Islanders.  His status is still yet to be determined for the remainder of the week but it seems likely that the 2019 1st round pick will make his return to the ice very soon.
  • This Notebook has gotten a lot busier with the addition of all the prospects playing in Rochester.  Oskari Laaksonen earned his 1st career point in the AHL en route to a 3 assist night.  The Finnish defender is transitioning nicely to the AHL after spending the first part of the year over in Liiga.
  • Aaron Huglen is on fire and did get some consideration for prospect of the week with his 7 points in 3 games.  As highlighted by TCB’s own Walt in this article, Huglen is technically in his DY+2 but is actually playing his first hockey since being drafted and missing his entire DY+1 from injury.  Huglen is exceptionally skilled and is making things look easy in the USHL, having not gone more than 2 games without a point this year.  As Walt said, Huglen is an intriguing prospect and one that has NHL potential based on his talent alone.
  • Seemingly one of Sabres Twitter’s favorite whipping boys, Mattias Samuelsson picked up his 1st career AHL goal and assist.  The huge defenseman isn’t fleet of foot and is known more for his physical presence but does have some untapped offensive potential.
  • Jacob Bryson picked up an assist for Rochester prior to being recalled up to Buffalo out of necessity due to the team’s COVID protocols.  The puck moving defender impressed last year in Rochester so it’s no surprise that he is in consideration for a call up in the future.  Will Borgen made his NHL debut yesterday and performed well which was expected.  Borgen has had a few years in Rochester where he has established himself as a solid defenseman, though one who isn’t necessarily an offensive dynamo.  With things returning to normalcy in Buffalo, Borgen may get sent back to Rochester though he certainly deserves a chance to stick with the big club in my opinion.
  • Filip Cederqvist once again had a strong outing in Allsvenskan, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games.  I had almost written him off after his regression last year but he is showing some great development in his game that cannot be overlooked.  Still, Cederqvist has a long way to go and shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as the next Viktor Olofsson but his play is definitely earning himself some consideration for an ELC.
  • Erik Portillo is not only challenging Michigan’s Strauss Mann for the 1st string goalie honor, but also Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen for the top goalie in the Sabres system.  Portillo hasn’t gotten much opportunity at the NCAA level but he has shined brightly when he has been in net for Michigan.  Turning away 29 of 30 shots in his lone start, Portillo picked up his 3rd win of the season in 3 starts and now sports a 0.948 save percentage.  See below for a spectacular save by Portillo in his victory.
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was a bit shaky in his 2 starts for Rochester this week, allowing 3 goals in each contest but still picking up 2 wins along the way.  He was simply stellar though in his second start, turning away 31 of the 32 shots he faced in the 2nd and 3rd periods combined.  The competition from Portillo is only a good thing for Luukkonen who needs to develop in a positive direction this year.
  • It was a brief hiatus from Allsvenskan for Marcus Davidsson who found himself a new place to play in Sodertalje.  The former 2nd round pick was in dire need of a change of scenery and hopefully gained some confidence with his goal and assist this past week.
  • William Worge Kreu was recently demoted from the SHL down to Allsvenskan for Vasby and picked up an assist in his only outing this week.  He also earned himself a 2 game suspension for a high hit in his lone game played.

Prospect Highlights

AHL (Rochester)

RD Oskari Laaksonen

2 GP | 0 G | 4 A | 4 PTS

C Arttu Ruotsalainen

2 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS

LD Mattias Samuelsson

2 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS

RW Andrew Ogleview

2 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS

LD Jacob Bryson

2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PTS

LW Brett Murray

2 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PTS


Extraliga

LW Lukas Rousek (Sparta Praha)

1 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS


USHL

Matteo Costantini (Sioux City)

4 GP | 3 G | 3 A | 6 PTS

Aaron Huglen (Fargo)

3 GP | 3 G | 4 A | 7 PTS


Allsvenskan

LW Filip Cederqvist (Tingsryds)

3 GP | 2 G | 2 A | 4 PTS

LW Marcus Davidsson (Tingsryds)

3 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS

LD William Worge Kreu (Linkopings)

1 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PTS


Goaltenders

NCAA

G Erik Portillo (Michigan)

1 GP | 1 W | 1.00 GAA | 29 SVS | 0.967 %

AHL

G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Rochester)

2 GP | 2 W | 2.97 GAA | 63 SVS | 0.913 %


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