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Buffalo Sabres Prospects Rankings: Fall 2009

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Every year places like Hockey's Future put out their prospect rankings and they put out their Sabres rankings a while back.  Last year we used the rankings from SabresProspects.com and posted them here.  With SabresProspects.com taking a hiatus I wanted to make sure you could still get some prospects coverage. 

I don't plan on doing the same thing that SabresProspects did with the prospects coverage.  Quite frankly nobody could do as much as Bakes did to cover the Sabres prospects.  I do hope to pick up some coverage and maybe follow some of the bigger stories among the prospects.  I will do a post every week just like this one to chronicle the prospects for the week.

Die by the Blade will now have top 25 Prospect Rankings for the Buffalo Sabres and we will update them twice a year.  This is the Fall 2009 edition.  I don't have specific rules as to who is or isn't a prospect but for these rankings I amade my own decisions.  I graduated Mark Mancari and Chris Butler.  Mancari was re-signed after playing out his contract and no longer is a young prospect and Butler spent most of last season with the Sabres and there was never a question about him making the team this season.

In the initial rankings Tyler Myers and Tim Kennedy are still listed.  If they stay with the team all season they will be graduated by the spring.

Buffalo Sabres Prospect Rankings W L OTL/T GAA SV %  Weekly Notes
 Rank  Player  Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
 1   Tyler Myers  Buffalo Sabres 6 1 3 4 5 0  Scored first NHL goal. Goal and one assist
 2   Tim Kennedy  Buffalo Sabres 6 0 1 1 0 6  2 Games Played, no points
 3   Nathan Gerbe  Portland Pirates 6 3 4 7 1 8  3 Games Played, one goal and four points
 4   Jhonas Enroth  Portland Pirates 6 2 4 0 4.61 0.855  1-1-0 record, 8 GA 46 saves
 5   Mike Weber  Portland Pirates 7 0 2 2 -4 2  3 Games Played, minus four rating
 6   Philip Gogulla  Portland Pirates 7 0 1 1 -4 2  3 Games Played, one assist
 7   Luke Adam  Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) 13 6 12 18 6 18  4 Games Played, two goals - three assists
 8   Tyler Ennis  Portland Pirates 7 4 1 5 -1 0  First pro hat trick, four goals - one assist
 9   Drew Schiestel  Portland Pirates 4 0 0 0 -2 2  1 Game Played
 10   Zack Kassian  Peterborough Petes (OHL) 6 3 5 8 -1 11  Injured - Did not play
 11   Paul Byron  Portland Pirates 7 1 2 3 -4 8  3 Games Played, minus three
 12   TJ Brennan  Portland Pirates 6 0 2 2 0 20  3 Games Played, two assists
 13   Marc-Andre Gragnani  Portland Pirates 7 2 2 4 1 4  3 Games Played, one assist
 14   Felix Schutz  Portland Pirates 7 0 2 2 -1 10  3 Games Played, no points
 15   Corey Tropp  Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) 4 5 4 9 1 2  2 Games Played, four goals - one assist
 16   Alex Biega  Harvard Crimson (NCAA)  Season did not start
 17   Dennis Persson  Portland Pirates 7 0 1 1 -4 6  3 Games Played, minus four rating
 18   Bradley Eidsness  North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCAA) 4 3 0 1 1.72 0.908  2-0-0 record, 2GA 27 saves 1 Shutout
 19   Marcus Foligno  Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 12 1 2 3 -6 45  3 Games Played, minus four rating
 20   Brayden McNabb  Kootenay Ice (WHL) 13 3 11 14 1 40  5 Games Played, 1 goal - 4 assists - 22 PIMs
 21   Corey Fienhage  North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCAA)  Healthy Scratch
 22   Drew Mackenzie  Vermont Catamounts (NCAA) 3 0 1 1 -2 6  2 Games Played, 1 assist, minus-1
 23   Nick Crawford  Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 11 3 10 13 1 2  2 Games Played, 5 assists, plus-1
 24   Jacob Lagace  Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 13 10 8 18 -3 16  3 Games Played, 4-goals - 2-assists, plus-2
 25   Mark Adams  Chicago Steel (USHL) 4 0 1 1 0 10  1 Game Played
-  Nick Eno  Bowling Green Falcons (NCAA) 1 0 1 0 3.06 0.914
-  Connor Knapp  Miami-OH Redhawks (NCAA) 2 1 0 0 3.33 0.878
-  Jordon Southorn  PEI Rocket (QMJHL) 15 2 4 6 1 12  2 Games Played, 2-assists
-  Justin Jokinen  Minnesota State Mavericks (NCAA) 4 1 0 1 0 4  2 Games Played, 1-goal
-  Mike Kostka  Portland Pirates 7 0 1 1 0 7  3 Games Played, 1-assists
-  Derek Whitmore  Portland Pirates 7 0 1 1 -2 2  3 Games Played, minus-3
-  Travis Turnbull  Portland Pirates 7 0 1 1 0 21  3 Games Played, minus-2
-  Maxime Legault  Portland Pirates 5 0 0 0 -4 4  1 Game Played, minus-2
-  J.P. Lamoureaux  Portland Pirates 3 0 1 0 3.35 0.898  0-1-0, 6 goals against, 33 saves
-  Matt Generous  Portland Pirates 1 0 0 0 0 0  Healthy Scratch