Sabres Prospects in North America – Weekly Report, Nov. 27th


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Prized prospect Matthew Savoie is in a bit of a slump, and his recent tough times coincide with his team struggling.

Savoie went scoreless in four games last week. The ninth pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft played minus-one hockey in that stretch.

Savoie’s Winnipeg ICE team lost two of their four games, after entering the week on a 15-game winning streak. Winnipeg’s 22-3 record still leads the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Winnipeg next – Dec. 2, host Swift Current; Dec. 3, host Prince Albert

Erik Portillo, Junior, Goalie – Michigan (Big Ten)

The Sabres Swedish goalie hope had the best individual performance of a Buffalo prospect last week.

Portillo, a third-round selection in the 2019 draft, had 39 saves in Michigan’s 4-1 win over visiting Harvard. Portillo did not play the night before in a 4-4 tie with the Crimson.

Michigan next – Dec. 2 & 3, at Wisconsin

Mats Lindgren, LHD – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Lindgren and the Rebels won two of three last week to maintain their fine form. Red Deer is 17-4-0-3 through 24 games.

Lindgren was his usual steady self on the Rebels blueline, playing plus-one hockey. He didn't register a point in any of Red Deer's games.

Red Deer next – Dec. 2, host Saskatoon; Dec. 3, host Moose Jaw

Devon Levi, Junior, Goalie – Northeastern (Hockey East)

Levi had as bad a game statistically as he’s had in a while in the Huskies’ 6-4 loss to Western Michigan. The junior allowed five goals on 39 shots.

The contest, Northeastern's only action last week, was held in Nashville, Tenn. as part of the Music City Classic

Northeastern next – Dec. 3, at Union

Josh Bloom, Center – Center, North Bay Battalion (OHL)

Bloom and his Battalion teammates lost two of three games last week, though the win was most impressive.

He had two assists in the North Bay’s 5-0 rout of OHL power Ottawa. The 67’s entered the game with an 18-2 record.

Bloom had one total assist in defeats at Hamilton (4-1) and Niagara (6-5).

North Bay next – Nov. 30, at Sudbury; Dec. 2, at Kingston; Dec. 3, at Peterborough

Ryan Johnson, Senior, LHD & Aaron Huglen, Center – Minnesota (Big Ten)

The Golden Gophers managed a weekend split with host Arizona State. Minnesota took the opener at Mullet Arena, 3-2. The Sun Devils rallied to grab the Saturday affair, 6-5 in overtime.

Johnson was minus-one over the two games, and didn’t register a point. Huglen had an assist on Saturday, and was a combined 16-of-32 in weekend faceoffs.

Minnesota next – Dec. 2 & 3, at Michigan State

Vsevolod Komarov, RHD – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Komarov and the Remparts took two of three games to maintain their first-place lock on the QMJHL’s Eastern Conference. Quebec is 21-3-0-1.

Komarov had one assist in the week’s outings, and played plus-one hockey.

Quebec next – Dec. 2, at Val-d’Or; Dec. 3, at Rouyn-Noranda; Dec. 4, at Val-d’Or

Jake Richard, Forward – Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Richard played in only one of two Lumberjacks games against visiting Madison. The Sabres sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft had one assist in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph.

Muskegon next – Dec. 2 & 3, at Chicago

Stiven Sardarian, Freshman, Forward – New Hampshire (Hockey East)

The Wildcats terrible season continued with a 3-2 overtime loss at fellow struggler Holy Cross. UNH won its first two games back in October, but has gone 1-11-1 since.

Sardarian didn’t get on the scoresheet against the Crusaders.

New Hampshire next – Dec. 2, host Boston University; Dec. 3, at Boston University

Matteo Costantini, Sophomore, LW – North Dakota (NCHC)

Costantini just can’t seem to get it going as a sophomore. The Sabres fifth-round pick in 2020 didn’t have a point in a weekend set (3-3 tie / 4-2 win) with Bemidji State.

Costantini has one assist in 13 games played.

North Dakota next – Dec. 2 & 3, at St. Cloud State

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