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Sabres Prospects in Europe – Monthly Report, November 2022

Prokhor Poltapov

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Prokhor Poltapov, Left Wing – CSKA Moscow (Kontinental Hockey League)
NHL Entry Draft – 2nd round, 2021 (33rd overall)
Age – 19

Poltapov, the first pick of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft's second round, seems to be doing quite well against much older players in Russia’s top league. The left shot wing has six points (5 goals, 1 assist) on a squad loaded with nine NHL draftees.

CSKA is in second place in the KHL’s Western Division with a 23-11 record.

Viljami Marjala, Left Wing – TPS Turku U20 (SM-sarja U20)
NHL Entry Draft – 5th round, 2021 (159th overall)
Age – 19

Marjala leads his TPS team in scoring with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists).

William von Barnekow-Lofberg, Center/Left Wing – Malmo Redhawks (Swedish Hockey League – 1st Division)
NHL Entry Draft – 6th round, 2021 (161st overall)
Age – 20

von Barnekow-Lofberg has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in 21 games played.

Nikita Novikov, LHD – Moscow Dynamo (Kontinental Hockey League)
NHL Entry Draft – 6th round, 2021 (188th overall)
Age – 19

A super steady defenseman and the youngest player on his team, Novikov has played 32 games this season, notching one assist.

Dynamo is in fifth place in the KHL’s Western Division with an 18-17 record.

Albert Lyckasen, RHD – AIK (Swedish Hockey League – 1st Division)
NHL Entry Draft – 7th round, 2020 (193rd overall)
Age – 21

Lyckasen has played in 15 games, and has five points (2 goals, 3 assists).

Jakub Konecny, RHD – Center (Sparta Praha – Czech Republic League)
NHL Entry Draft – 7th round, 2020 (216th overall)
Age – 20

Konecny has two goals in 20 games while competing in the Czech Republic’s top flight.

Noah Ostlund, Center – Djurgardens IF (HockeyAllsvenskan)
NHL Entry Draft – 1st round, 2022 (16th overall)
Age – 18

Ostlund continues to set the offensive pace among Djurgardens youngsters. His 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) is best among a group that includes fellow 2022 first round picks Jonathan Lekkerimaki (Vancouver) and Liam Ohgren (Minnesota).

Through games of last weekend, Djugardens was in 2nd place in HockeyAllsvenskan with a 14-8 record.

Topias Leinonen, Goalie – JyP HT Jyvaskyla (SM-Liiga – Finnish Elite)
NHL Entry Draft – 2nd round, 2022 (41st overall)
Age – 18

Leinonen has not played with JyP’s elite team since the last Prospect report (Nov. 1). He has been active with JyP’s U20 team, posting a 1.77 goals against average, a .933 save percentage, and an 8-1 record.

The senior JyP squad sits in 10th place with a 10-14 Liiga mark.

Viktor Neuchev, Left Wing – Yekaterinburg Automobilist (Kontinental Hockey League)
NHL Entry Draft – 3rd round, 2022 (74th overall)
Age – 19

Neuchev isn’t producing big numbers, but that’s to be expected. He’s YA’s youngest forward (by far) on a team that plays in Russia’s top division.

Neuchev has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 34 games.

YA (24-11) was in first place among KHL Eastern Division teams through games of last weekend.

Gustav Karlsson, Center – Orebro HK Jr. (Sweden J20 Nationell)
NHL Entry Draft – 6th round, 2022 (187th overall)
Age – 19

Karlsson has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 23 games. He is his team’s third leading scorer.

Joel Ratkovic-Berndtsson, Wing – Vastra Frolunda HC Jr. (Sweden J20 Nationell)
NHL Entry Draft – 7th round, 2022 (202nd overall)
Age – 19

Ratkovic-Berndtsson, a left shooting right wing, has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 16 games.

Linus Sjodin, Center/Wing – Rogle BK Angelholm (Swedish Hockey League – 1st Division)
NHL Entry Draft – 7th round, 2022 (211th overall)
Age – 20

Sjodin has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 20 games played.

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