1/24 Recap: Enroth sits again; Eidsness heads into break on top

The Sabres won a road game last night. Life is good. Jhonas Enroth has done nothing wrong, but he clearly has lost the starting job to Bjorn Bjurling in the SSK crease. After missing time after the World Juniors due to illness, it was thought that a healthy Enroth would get the nod against Djurgarden on Thursday. That wasn't the case, as Enroth watched his counterpart make 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss. In Enroth's defense, Bjurling has been exceptional over the past month. His save percentage is half a point better than Enroth's while facing 310 more shots in just seven more games played. Brad Eidsness made 25 saves in Okotoks' 2-1 home-ice decision over Canmore. Eidsness will now head north to Grand Prairie for the Rogers AJHL All-Star Weekend leading the league in wins (21), goals against average (2.01), and save percentage (.938). The wins are great and a GAA close to the promised land of sub-2.00 is worthy of praise, but the truest junior level goalie statistic is save percentage. Eidsness' sparkling number in that category is indicative of superb concentration and reflexes. Drew Schiestel picked up an assist as Niagara exploded for 59 shots on goal in their 8-3 win over the Otters. The swift skating Hamilton native is 7th on his team in scoring, ranking second among defensemen to 2008 lottery hopeful, Alex Pietrangelo. After an adjustment period to start the year, Schiestel is a safe bet to ascend the prospect rankings when the new list is released in mid-February. Bored over NHL All-Star weekend? Check here for updates on the 27 games involving Sabres prospects from Friday through Sunday.
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