It's been a couple of weeks since we did a prospects recap which means we are about due. We spend so much time watching the Sabres play, we sometimes forget that there are kids playing elsewhere that are property of the Buffalo Sabres.
The Portland Pirates are struggling to start the season which isn't entirely unexpected from such a young team. The Sabes tried to add some veterans like Jeff Cowan and Joe Dipenta and of course Mark Mancari is still there but the results have not been favorable thus far.
While the Portland Pirates struggle some of the Sabres younger kids continue to impress the Sabres brass. Three Sabres players that stand out from the pack are Luke Adam, Corey Tropp and Jacob Lagace. Adam has consistently been talked about when we refer to prospects. He has been a force for Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the QMJHL. Adam has 15 goals and 34 points in only 25 games played.
Lagace is kind of unknown as far as Sabres prospects. He is not very highly ranked in the prospect rankings and was only a 5th round pick in 2008. He is a skill player that has good hands. He has 68 goals in his junior career, including 13 this season in 19 games.
While juniors have been playing since September, the college prospects are just now getting into the swing of their season. Corey Tropp was just happy to get in the lineup after he missed the second half of last season being kicked off the Michigan State team for a dirty play against Steve Kampfer of the MIchigan Wolverines.
Tropp has taken advantage of his second chance by scoring goals ad making plays for the Spartans. Tropp has nine goals and 16 points in only 12 games this season. He scored just one goal this week in his return to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines.
Follow the jump to see the rest of the Sabres prospects...
|Buffalo Sabres Prospect Rankings||W||L||OTL/T||GAA||SV %||Weekly Notes|
|1||Tyler Myers||Buffalo Sabres||17||3||6||9||5||10||Continues to lead the Sabres in TOI|
|2||Tim Kennedy||Buffalo Sabres||17||1||4||5||1||24||Assisted on Tyler Ennis first NHL goal|
|3||Nathan Gerbe||Portland Pirates||12||3||9||12||0||16|
|4||Jhonas Enroth||Portland Pirates||12||4||7||0||3.83||0.873|
|5||Mike Weber||Portland Pirates||17||0||4||4||3||24||Plus-3 in last three games|
|6||Philip Gogulla||Portland Pirates||16||3||6||9||-3||8||goal and an assist|
|7||Luke Adam||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)||24||15||19||34||12||32||3 goals in 3 games|
|8||Tyler Ennis||Portland Pirates||17||6||8||14||-5||4||3 Games Played - 3 assists|
|Buffalo Sabres||1||1||0||1||1||0||Scored first NHL goal|
|9||Drew Schiestel||Portland Pirates||12||0||1||1||-4||4|
|10||Zack Kassian||Peterborough Petes (OHL)||14||6||6||12||-5||33||2 GP 1G-1A-2PTS|
|11||Paul Byron||Portland Pirates||13||3||5||8||-4||8||a goal and an assist|
|12||TJ Brennan||Portland Pirates||16||0||4||4||1||41|
|13||Marc-Andre Gragnani||Portland Pirates||8||2||2||4||0||6||Injured - Did not play|
|14||Felix Schutz||Portland Pirates||14||0||4||4||-4||17|
|15||Corey Tropp||Michigan State Spartans (NCAA)||12||9||7||16||2||8||1 goal scored vs. Michigan|
|16||Alex Biega||Harvard Crimson (NCAA)||5||1||1||2||3||4||scored first goal of season|
|17||Dennis Persson||Portland Pirates||12||0||1||1||-3||6|
|18||Bradley Eidsness||North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCAA)||9||6||1||1||1.61||0.925||gave up only one goal in sixth victory|
|19||Marcus Foligno||Sudbury Wolves (OHL)||21||1||10||11||-5||72||1 assist and minus-2|
|20||Brayden McNabb||Kootenay Ice (WHL)||18||3||13||16||-4||42||Did not Play - Injury|
|21||Corey Fienhage||North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCAA)||1||0||0||0||0||0||Played first game of season|
|22||Drew Mackenzie||Vermont Catamounts (NCAA)||9||0||4||4||10|
|23||Nick Crawford||Barrie Colts (OHL)||19||4||17||21||5||4|
|24||Jacob Lagace||Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)||19||13||16||29||-1||18||1 goal and 3 assists in 2 games|
|25||Mark Adams||Chicago Steel (USHL)||14||3||2||5||-2||26|
|-||Nick Eno||Bowling Green Falcons (NCAA)||6||1||4||0||3.34||0.902||Earned first win of season|
|-||Connor Knapp||Miami-OH Redhawks (NCAA)||4||1||1||1||2.47||0.906||stopped 32-of-33 and 9-of-11 shootout att.|
|-||Jordon Southorn||PEI Rocket (QMJHL)||21||3||7||10||4||21|
|-||Justin Jokinen||Minnesota State Mavericks (NCAA)||8||1||0||1||-2||8|
|-||Mike Kostka||Portland Pirates||17||1||3||4||-1||7||1 assists and minus-1|
|-||Derek Whitmore||Portland Pirates||17||3||3||6||1||4||1 goal scored|
|-||Travis Turnbull||Portland Pirates||17||2||3||5||2||41||1 goal and 1 assist|
|-||Maxime Legault||Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)||9||5||4||9||4||15|
|Portland Pirates||5||0||0||0||-4||4||No longer with team|
|-||J.P. Lamoureaux||Portland Pirates||7||2||3||0||3.3||0.886||1 loss this week|
|-||Matt Generous||Portland Pirates||11||0||1||1||-1||9|