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Central Scouting 2008 Final Rankings

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, April 28, 2008 | 4/28/2008

Below are the final rankings put out by NHL's Central Scouting. Buffalo will pick 13th overall, and holds San Jose's first round pick in a lot that has yet to be determined. NORTH AMERICAN SKATERS First Round 1. Steven Stamkos, C, Sarnia (OHL); 2. Zach Bogosian, D, Peterborough (OHL); 3. Drew Doughty, D, Guelph (OHL); 4. Tyler Myers, D, Kelowna (WHL); 5. Luke Schenn, D, Kelowna (WHL); 6. Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara (OHL); 7. Kyle Beach, C, Everett (WHL); 8. Zach Boychuk, C, Lethbridge (WHL); 9. Cody Hodgson, C, Brampton (OHL); 10. Colin Wilson, C, Boston Univ. (NCAA). 11. Mikkel Boedker, LW, Kitchener (OHL); 12. Luca Sbisa, D, Lethbridge (WHL); 13. Colby Robak, D, Brandon (WHL); 14. Joshua Bailey, C, Windsor (OHL); 15. Michael Del Zotto, D, Oshawa (OHL); 16. Zac Dalpe, C/RW, Penticton (BCHL); 17. John Carlson, D, Indiana (USHL); 18. Colten Teubert, D, Regina (WHL); 19. Tyler Cuma, D, Ottawa (OHL); 20. Jamie Arniel, C, Sarnia (OHL). 21. Nicolas Deschamps, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); 22. Greg Nemisz, C, Windsor (OHL); 23. Jake Gardiner, D, Minnetonka, Minn. (U.S. high school); 24. Matthew Calvert, LW, Brandon (WHL); 25. Jyri Niemi, D, Saskatoon (WHL); 26. Maxime Sauve, C, Val-d'Or (QMJHL); 27. Aaron Ness, D, Roseau, Minn. (U.S. high school); 28. Joe Colborne, C, Camrose (AJHL); 29. Yann Sauve, D, Saint John (QMJHL); 30. Kruise Reddick, C, Tri-City (WHL). Second Round 31. Tyler Ennis, C, Medicine Hat (WHL); 32. Shawn Lalonde, D, Belleville (OHL); 33. Jordan Eberle, C, Regina (WHL); 34. Cody Goloubef, D, Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA); 35. James Wright, C, Vancouver (WHL); 36. Corey Fienhage, D, Eastview, Minn. (U.S. high school); 37. Danny Kristo, RW, U.S. under-18 team; 38. Justin Schultz, D, Westside (BCHL); 39. Michael Stone, D, Calgary (WHL); 40. Derek Grant, C, Langley (BCHL). 41. Brandon Burlon, D, St. Michael's (OPJHL); 42. Luke Adam, C, St. John's (QMJHL); 43. Jared Staal, C, Sudbury (OHL); 44. Adam Comrie, D, Saginaw (OHL); 45. Danick Paquette, RW, Lewiston (QMJHL); 46. Kelsey Tessier, C, Quebec (QMJHL); 47. Daulton Leveille, C, St. Catharines (GHL); 48. Brandon McMillan, C, kelowna (WHL); 49. Corey Trivino, C, Stouffville (OPJHL); 50. A.J. Jenks, LW, Plymouth (OHL). 51. Eric O'Dell, C, Sudbury (OHL); 52. Nicholas Larson, LW, Waterloo (USHL); 53. James Livingston, RW, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); 54. Justin jokinen, RW, Cloquet, Minn. (U.S. high school); 55. Jacob Lagace, LW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); 56. Philip McRae, C, London (OHL); 57. Mikhail Stefanovich, C, Quebec (QMJHL); 58. Derek Stepan, C, St. Mary's, Minn. (U.S. high school); 59. Eric Mestery, D, Tri-City (WHL); 60. David Carle, D, St. Mary's, Minn. (U.S. high school). Third Round 61. Patrice Cormier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL); 62. Colin Long, C, Kelowna (WHL); 63. Jimmy Hayes, RW, Lincoln (USHL); 64. Mitch Wahl, C, Spokane (WHL); 65. Adam Henrique, C, Windsor (OHL); 66. Josh Brittain, LW, Kingston (OHL); 67. Matt Delahey, D, Regina (WHL); 68. Lance Bouma, C, Vancouver (WHL); 69. Mathieu Brodeur, D, Cape Breton (QMJHL); 70. Joel Broda, C, Moose Jaw (WHL). 71. Geordie Wudrick, LW, Swift Current (WHL); 72. Anthony Nigro, C, Guelph (OHL); 73. Joel Champagne, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); 74. Nathan Moon, C, Kingston (OHL); 75. Travis Hamonic, D, Moose Jaw (WHL); 76. Samuel Groulx, D, Quebec (QMJHL); 77. Patrick Wiercioch, D, Omaha (USHL); 78. Nathan Condon, C, Wausau, Wis. (U.S. high scool); 79. David Toews, C, St. Mary's, Minn. (U.S. high school); 80. Philippe Cornet, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL). 81. Davisd Warsofsky, D, U.S. under-18 team; 82. Marco Scandella, D, Val-d'Or (QMJHL); 83. Julien demers, D, Ottawa (OHL); 84. Taylor Stefishen, LW, Langley (BCHL); 85. Brodie Reid, RW, Burnaby (BCHL); 86. Brett Theberge, C, Peterborough (OHL); 87. Seth Soley, C, Omaha (USHL); 88. Robert Czarnik, C/RW, U.S. under-18 team; 89. Luke Pither, C, Guelph (OHL); 90. Max Nicastro, D, Chicago (USHL). Fourth Round 91. Cameron Gaunce, D, Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL); 92. Ian Schultz, RW, Calgary (WHL); 93. Zach Harnden, RW, Peterborough (OHL); 94. Robert Mignardi, RW, Kingston (OHL); 95. Neal Prokop, C, Moose Jaw (WHL); 96. Matthew Tassone, C, Swift Current (WHL); 97. Michael Lomas, C/LW, Brampton (OHL); 98. Chad Suer, D, Moose Jaw (WHL); 99. Joel Chouinard, D, Victoriaville (QMJHL); 100. Justin Daniels, C, Kent, Conn. (U.S. high school). 101. Stephen Johnston, LW, Belleville (OHL); 102. Drew Olson, D, Brainerd, Minn. (U.S. high school); 103. Mark Goggin, C, Choate-Rosemary, Conn. (U.S. high school); 104. Gary Nunn, RW, Vancouver (WHL); 105. Jack Downing, LW/RW, Univ. of Vermont (NCAA); 106. Brent Raedeke, Edmonton (WHL); 107. Alexandre Neron, D, Rimouski (QMJHL); 108. Zack Smith, C, Swift Current (WHL); 109. Drew Daniels, RW, Kent, Conn. (U.S. high school); 110. Jan Dalecky, LW, Swift Current (WHL). 111. Mathieu Tousignant, C, P.E.I. (QMJHL); 112. Anders Lee, C, Edina, Minn. (U.S. high school); 113. Justin Florek, LW, U.S. under-18 team; 114. Tyler Barnes, RW, Burnsville, Minn. (U.S. high school); 115. Kyle De Coste, RW, Brampton (OHL); 116. Matthew Ius, RW, Everett (WHL); 117. Marshall Everson, LW, Edina, Minn. (U.S. high school); 118. Antoine Roussel, LW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); 119. Zac Rinaldo, C, Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL); 120. Samuel Morneau, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL). Fifth Round 121. Harry Young, D, Windsor (OHL); 122. Jordon Southorn, D, P.E.I. (QMJHL); 123. Julien Cayer, C, Northwood, N.Y. (U.S. high school); 124. Michael Pelech, C, Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL); 125. Marc-Andre Bourdon, D, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL); 126. ANtoine Laganiere, C, Deerfield, Mass. (U.S. high school); 127. Wacey Hamilton, C, Medicine Hat (WHL); 128. Tim Billingsley, D, Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL); 129. Travis Toomey, C, Saskatoon (WHL); 130. Chris Doyle, C, P.E.I. (QMJHL). 131. Steve Quailer, RW, Sioux City (USHL); 132. Nik Pokulok, D, Northwood, N.Y. (U.S. high school); 133. Jordan Samuels-Thomas, LW, Waterloo (USHL); 134. Mark Barberio, D, Moncton (QMJHL); 135. Vinny Saponari, RW, U.S. under-18; 136. Chase Drake, D, Mosinee, Wis. (U.S. high school); 137. Luc-Olivier Blain, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); 138. Patrick Mullane, C, Avon Old Farms, Conn. (U.S. high school); 139. Michael D'Orazio, D, Owen Sound (OHL); 140. Greg Burke, Jr., LW, Monarchs (EJHL). 141. Danny New, D, Avon Old Farms, Conn. (U.S. high school); 142. Riley McIntosh, D, Kelowna (WHL); 143. Joeseph Campanelli, RW, Westminster, Conn. (U.S. high school); 144. Shayne Wiebe, C, Kamloops (WHL); 145. Paul Lee, C, Avon Old Farms, Conn. (U.S. high school); 146. Greg Pateryn, D, Ohio (USHL); 147. Andrew MacWilliam, D, Camrose (AJHL); 148. Cameron Atkinson, RW, Avon Old Farms, Conn. (U.S. high school); 149. Jordan Skellett, LW, Erie (OHL); 150. Jared Festler, LW, Lincoln (USHL). Sixth Round 151. Teigan Zahn, D, Saskatoon (WHL); 152. Jake Youso, C/LW, International Falls, Minn. (U.S. high school); 153. Dale Weise, RW, Swift Current (WHL); 154. T.J. Brodie, D, Saginaw (OHL); 155. Eric Filiou, LW/RW, Nanaimo (BCHL); 156. Stefan Della Rovere, LW, Barrie (OHL); 157. Bryce Aneloski, D, Cedar Rapids (USHL); 158. Tyler Gron, C, Fort McMurray (AJHL); 159. Alexander Fallstrom, RW, St. Mary's, Minn. (U.S. high school); 160. Russell Goodman, LW, Nanaimo (BCHL). 161. Luke McManus, D, Rosemount, Minn. (U.S. high school); 162. James McIntosh, C, Stouffville (OPJHL); 163. Richard Manley, LW, Burnaby (BCHL); 164. Pierre Vandall, LW, Shawinigan (QMJHL); 165. Kurtis Bartliff, LW, Listowel (MWJHL); 166. Jean-Sebastien Berube, LW, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL); 167. Derrick Pallis, D, Nobles, Mass. (U.S. high school); 168. Tyler Schmidt, D, Tri-City (WHL); 169. Pascal Amyot, D, Saint John (QMJHL); 170. Brett Perlini, RW, Sault Ste. Marie (NOJHL). 171. Stephen Delisle, D, Gatineau (QMJHL); 172. David Wohlberg, C, U.S. under-18 hockey team; 173. John Murray, LW, St. Mary's, Minn. (U.S. high school); 174. Jake Hendrickson, C, Burnsville, Minn. (U.S. high school); 175. Craig Cunningham, D, Vancouver (WHL); 176. Scott Winkler, C, Stover (midget); 177. Mike Hoffman, C/LW, Drummondville (QMJHL); 178. Joe Gleason, D, Hedina, Miss. (U.S. high school); 179. Mike Thomas, LW/RW, Saint John (QMJHL); 180. Thomas knotek, C, Halifax (QMJHL). Seventh Round 181. Lee Moffie, D, Avon Old Farms, Conn. (U.S. high school); 182. Eric Louis-Seize, LW, Halifax (QMJHL); 183. Tyler Thompson, C, Cedar Rapids (USHL); 184. Ben Smith, RW, Boston College (NCAA); 185. Peter Starrett, Catholic Memorial, Mass. (U.S. high school); 186. Ryan Hegarty, D, U.S. under-18 team; 187. Mike Reddington, D, Spokane (WHL); 188. Tyler Shattock, RW, Kamloops (WHL); 189. Steven Spinell, D, Ohio (USHL); 190. Max Cook, RW, Green Bay (USHL). 191. Sam Lofquist, D, U.S. under-18 team; 192. Austin Handley, D, Des Moines (USHL); 193. Travis McIsaac, C, Victoriaville (QMJHL); 194. John O'Neill, C, Anoka, Minn. (U.S. high school); 195. Nick Oddo, RW, Cedar Rapids (USHL); 196. Nicholas Tremblay, C, Smiths Falls (CJHL); 197. Travis Stacey, LW, Gatineau (QMJHL); 198. Jared Spurgeon, D, Spokane (WHL); 199. Brock Montpetit, RW, Waterloo (USHL); 200. Jonathon Bonneau, LW, Victoriaville (QMJHL). 201. Nicholas Prockow, C, Berkshire, Mass. (U.S. high school); 202. Corbin Crawford, D, Kingston (OHL); 203. Sean Lorenz, D, U.S. under-18 team; 204. Drew Leblanc, C, Chicago (USHL); 205. Ryan Grimshaw, D, U.S. under-18 team; 206. Ashton Bernard, LW, Shawinigan (QMJHL); 207. Mark Olver, C, Northern Michigan Univ. (NCAA); 208. Nick Pryor, D, U.S. under-18 team; 209. Erik Gustafsson, D, Northern Michigan Univ. (NCAA); 210. Jeff Ryan, LW/RW, St. George's, R.I. (U.S. high school). INTERNATIONAL SKATERS First Round 1. Nikita Filatov, LW, Russia; 2. Kirill Petrov, RW, Russia; 3. Mattias Tedenby, LW, Sweden; 4. Erik Karlsson, D, Sweden; 5. Anton Gustafsson, C, Sewden; 6. Roman Josi, D, Swtizerland; 7. Viktor Tikhonov, LW/RW, Russia; 8. Vjateslav Voinov, D, Russia; 9. Evgeny Grachev, C, Russia; 10. Dmitri Kugryshev, RW, Russia. 11 Philip Larsen, D, Sweden; 12. Tomas Kundratek, D, Czech Republic; 13. Johan Motin, D, Sweden; 14. Kristoffer Berglund, D, Sweden; 15. Andrei Loktionov, C, Russia; 16. Sergei Ostapchuk, LW, Russia; 17. David Ullstrom, LW/RW, Sweden; 18. Lukas Stoop, D, Switzerland; 19. Andre Petersson, LW/RW, Sweden; 20. Joonas Rask, C/LW/RW, Finland. 21. Tomas Kubalik, RW, Czech Republic; 22. Jerome Flaake, LW, Germany; 23. Jori Lehtera, C, Finland; 24. Tomi Sallinen, C, Finland; 25. Teemu Hartikainen, C, Finland; 26. Dmitri Kostromitin, D, Russia; 27. Emil Bejmo, C, Sweden; 28. Jan Stransky, LW, Czech Republic; 29. Anton Korolev, RW, Russia; 30. Henrik Eriksson, C, Sweden. NORTH AMERICAN GOALTENDERS 1. Thomas McCollum, Guelph (OHL); 2. Chet Pickard, Tri-City (WHL); 3. Peter Delmas, Lewiston (QMJHL); 4. Braden Holtby, Saskatoon (WHL); 5. Michael Hutchinson, Barrie (OHL); 6. Jacob Deserres, Seattle (WHL); 7. Kevin Poulin, Victoriaville (QMJHL); 8. Jake Allen, St. John's (QMJHL); 9. Dustin Tokarski, Spokane (WHL); 10. Chris Carrozzi, Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL). 11. Jaroslav Janus, Erie (OHL); 12. Steven Stanford, Prince Albert (WHL); 13. Joe Cannata, U.S. under-18 team; 14. Robert Mayer, Saint John (QMJHL); 15. Patrick Killeen, Brampton (OHL). INTERNATIONAL GOALTENDERS 1. Jacob Markstrom, Sweden; 2. Harri Sateri, Finland; 3. Anders Lindback, Sweden; 4. Mikko Koskinen, Finland; 5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Russia; 6. Joacim Eriksson, Swden; 7. Mika Jarvinen, Finland; 8. Stanislav Galimov, Russia; 9. Dominik Furchslavia, Czech Republic; 10. Alexander Pechurski, Russia. 11. Eddie Lack, Sweden; 12. Lukas Flueler, Switzerland; 13. Leonardo Genonidavos, Switzerland; 14. Tomas Halasz, Slovakia; 15. Rasmus Rinne, Finland.
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Gerbe produces in USA tune up

In Portland, Maine, Nathan Gerbe (2005, 5th round) had a goal and an assist as Team USA dominated Sweden, 5-1. From USA Hockey:
After a scoreless second period, Team USA opened up a 3-0 advantage at 3:58 of the third period when Dustin Brown (Ithaca, N.Y./L.A. Kings) took Nathan Gerbe's (Oxford, Mich./Boston College) feed from behind the net and fired one home from the left circle. The U.S. extended its lead to 4-0 off Gerbe's rebound goal at 11:52.
Fellow Sabre Drew Stafford picked up the second assist on Gerbe's goal. The exhibition was a precursor to the IIHF World Championship that begins on Friday.
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4/27 Recap: MacKenzie, Hawks cruising

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, April 27, 2008 | 4/27/2008

In the USHL Semifinals, Drew MacKenzie had four of Waterloo's 63 shots on goal in the Black Hawks' 3-2 OT win over Chicago. Waterloo surrendered a 2-0 lead in the third, but was able to gain the 3-0 series lead with a Keegan Meuer marker in the extra session. In Friday's game two, MacKenzie had an assist in the Hawks' 5-2 win.
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4/24 Recap: Two more for Byron as Gatineau moves on

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 4/24/2008

2007 sixth-round pick Paul Byron scored the first two Gatineau goals in their 5-2 win over Halifax. The win advances les Olympiques to the President's Cup Finals where they will face the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. With seven of his team's 17 goals in the series, Byron has potted a healthy 15 in 14 playoff games, a total that ties him atop the QMJHL playoff leaderboard. High-flying linemate Claude Giroux (PHI) has also made his presence known, posting 12-25-37 over the same stretch to make him the leading point getter.
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Gerbe to skate at U.S. National Team Camp

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 4/23/2008

Boston College star forward Nathan Gerbe has been invited to skate in Team USA's camp for the IIHF World Championships that will begin on May 2nd.
Gerbe and Boston University junior defenseman Matt Gilroy are the only two college players invited to the camp. The two players will train with Team USA from April 24-30 and will compete in the pre-tournament game against Sweden on April 27 at the Cumberland County Civic Center at 7 p.m. Both Gerbe and Gilroy earned 2008 RBK All-America first-team honors.
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Orpik interview on WGR-550

This morning, Boston College forward Andrew Orpik was a guest of the Howard Simon Show on WGR-550 AM in Buffalo. You can listen to the interview here. Fist bump to Devo for the link.
4/23/2008 | 0 comments | Read More

Kostka gets hometown pub

Today's edition of the Durham Region News ran an article on Sabres' free agent signing, Mike Kostka. The 6'2, 210-pound defender recently completed his senior season with U-Mass of Hockey East.
He'll attend the Sabres' rookie camp in June, which will include draft picks and free agents, and also the club's main camp in September. He expects to join the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, which is expected to be moved from Rochester to Portland, Maine in time for next season. Kostka says his association with the Sabres began a year ago while playing in the NCAA regionals with UMass that were held in Rochester. After the regionals, he spoke with Sabres' officials who proffered an invitation to Buffalo's rookie camp that summer. "I went there and it was a really good experience. There were draft picks and AHL players there and I got to meet the people in the organization. They told me, 'go play another year and we'll keep watching you and we'll get in touch at the end of next year', and they came through with the two-year contract, a two-way contract between Buffalo and their AHL team."
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4/23 Recap: Byron pilin' on

In the QMJHL semis, Gatineau's Paul Byron (+3) scored a pair of goals and assisted on another in Les Olympiques' 6-1 throttling of Halifax. Ahead 4-1, the Ottawa native scored both markers in the third period to cement the win. His first-star stat line was rounded out with five shots on goal, and four blocks. Byron has now scored 13 goals in as many playoff games, and has gone 12-4-16 on his current ten-game point streak. Les Olympiques take a 3-0 series lead with tonight's victory, and will look to use the brooms tomorrow on home ice. Drew MacKenzie and the Waterloo Black Hawks opened their USHL semifinal series with a 4-1 win over Chicago. The UVM-bound defenseman punched two shots on goal in the win. The two clubs will play it back Friday in Waterloo.
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4/20 Recap: Byron nets 11th in win

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, April 21, 2008 | 4/21/2008

Last night, C Paul Byron scored the second Gatineau goal on the power play as les Olympiques defeated Halifax 4-3 in 2OT. Byron is now tied for second in Q playoff scoring with 11 goals. After sweeping the Mooseheads on their home sheet, Gatineau heads home for Wednesday's game three with a 2-0 series lead.
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MacKenzie, 'Hawks move on to semis

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, April 20, 2008 | 4/20/2008

With a 5-2 win on Wednesday, D Drew MacKenzie (+2) and the Waterloo Black Hawks earned the sweep of Cedar Rapids to move on to the USHL semifinals. The series against upset-minded Chicago will begin on Wednesday.
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4/20 Recap: Gogulla, Sharks fall to Polar Bears

The fine seasons of Philip Gogulla and the Cologne Sharks have come to an end after a 2-1 OT loss to Berlin in the DEL finals. The 3-1 series win gives Berlin their third master Cup in league history. Gogulla set up both Sharks goals in their 2-1 win comeback win on Tuesday to even the series at one game each. The 6'2 LW was -1 in Cologne's 4-3 loss on Friday, and registered just a single shot on net in today's defeat. A 2nd round pick in 2005, Gogulla scored 12 points (3+9) in 14 playoff games after a career-best 44 points in the regular season.
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4/19 Recap: Byron drops a deuce

Paul Byron scored both goals for Gatineau, including the overtime-winner as the Olympiques beat the Halifax Mooseheads 2-1 Saturday to take Game 1 of their QMJHL semifinal. The speedy centre now has 10 goals in 11 playoff games, and 14 points overall. From the Nova Scotia News:
Byron took advantage of a stumble by Halifax defenceman Justin Pender to score on a nice rush. Game 2 of the best-of-seven is back at the Metro Centre tonight. "Claude (Giroux) just gave me the puck and I was breaking out of our zone," said Byron, the game’s first star. "I knew I was going to try and use my speed and beat him wide, but then he fell down. From there I don’t really know what happened; it just all happened so fast. "I thought it was going to be fluky goal, like you just put it on net and anything could happen. I never thought a goal like that was going to happen."
Game 2 goes off tonight in Halifax.
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Introducing the 2008 NHL Draft Prospects Video Page

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, April 13, 2008 | 4/13/2008

With the NHL Draft approaching, feel free to spend some time on a new page here at SabresProspects. Introducing the 2008 NHL Draft Prospects Video Page Additional clips will come soon, as will more info about the prospects including stats, vitals, etc. SabresProspects is planning on attending the NHL Draft in June, so be sure to check back for all draft happenings throughout the offseason. As always, if you have links readily available of 2008 draftees or current Sabres prospects, please send me a tape-to-tape email at bakes@sabresprospects.com.
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Dogs-Gens tied after one

The first period is over in St. Kitts, and Drew Schiestel's Niagara IceDogs are locked in a 2-2 tie with the Oshawa Generals. Down a goal in the final minute of the first, the Hamilton-born Schiestel picked up an assist on Michael Swift's power play goal tally to lock the game at two. Trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the contest is a must-win for Niagara. The Dogs have a bit of opening today, as Generals star goaltender Michal Neuvirth did not dress with what appears to be a groin injury. The fans are all over untested back-up Darryl Borden, blasting him with DAAAA-RUUHHHL chants reminiscent of those directed at former New York Met Darryl Strawberry. EDIT: Niagara would go on to lose this game, 5-2. Series over.
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4/13 Recap: Gogulla extends streak in loss

Game one of the DEL finals just concluded with Philip Gogulla and the Cologne Sharks falling to Berlin in overtime, 3-2. The 6'2 wing garnered the lone assist on the first Sharks goal, and now has points (2-5-7) in six straight playoff games. The two teams will head to Kolnarena for Tuesday's game two.
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4/12 Recap: MacKenzie gets assist; Amerks lose again

In the USHL playoffs, Waterloo blueliner Drew MacKenzie picked up an assist as the Black Hawks defeated Cedar Rapids, 3-0. In the early third, the Vermont recruit pumped a shot on net that was tipped by Nick Larson (WAS) to give Waterloo a 2-0 cushion. The win gives the 'Hawks a 2-0 edge in their first round series with the Roughriders, with game three going down on Wednesday. The last-place Rochester Americans played their final road game of the 2007-08 campaign, skating to a 6-2 loss at Toronto. Adam Dennis gave up six goals on 34 shots to take the loss. The Rundown: Weber - 1 SOG, 4 PIM, -3 Gragnani - 1 SOG Zagrapan - 1 SOG, -2 Mancari - 1 SOG, -1 MacArthur - 3 SOG, -2 Dennis - 26 saves Whitmore - -1
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Gerbe: Media darling in aftermath

AP: Third Time a Charm for B.C.
Gerbe had a hat trick in the semifinals against North Dakota and finished his command performance at the Frozen Four with five goals and three assists. The 5-foot-5 fireplug from Oxford, Mich., who led the nation in scoring with 35 goals and 32 assists, shrugged it off Friday night when he lost out to Michigan's Kevin Porter for hockey's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. "Since Day 1, we've been fixated on one trophy and that's the national championship," Gerbe insisted.
USCHO: Gerbe Shines Again In Spotlight
Afterward, there were a number of connections made between Gerbe, who stands 5-foot-5, and a former BC forward of roughly the same stature. Brian Gionta was a finalist for the 2001 Hobey but lost to Michigan State’s Ryan Miller. The next day, however, the 5-foot-7 winger helped the Eagles win the title. Both players have great hands, impressive speed and the ability to disguise the angle of their shot, making them tough for goaltenders to stop in close. Gionta and Gerbe share the occasional conversation. “He gives me a few messages here and there … maybe a little pointer here and there,” Gerbe said. “But not too often. I don’t want to bug him, especially now. He’s in the middle of the playoffs.”
On his future:
“You want to leave it all on the table, no matter what, if you get hurt or anything,” Gerbe said. “You’ve got time to heal now.” Gerbe also has time to make a decision about his future. The Buffalo Sabres draft pick didn’t commit to anything Saturday night about where he’ll play next season. “He’s going to be a terrific player — hopefully for us next year, but if not, down the road for the Sabres,” BC coach Jerry York said.
ESPN: Gerbe scores twice as Boston College cruises to third hockey crown
B.C. captain Mike Brennan said it was a bittersweet moment taking off his Eagles sweater for the last time. But what about Gerbe? Will he bolt for Buffalo and NHL's riches now that he has his cherished championship? "I haven't thought about it at all," he insisted. "My main focus this whole year was to bring this trophy back to Chestnut Hill and I try not to think about the future. Coach keeps me here in the present. So, that's something that I don't really want to talk about or think about."
CHN: Gerbe's Tournament, Absolutely Hobey-Like
"I think he should probably be the Hobey Baker (winner)," said teammate Andrew Orpik, who, in an incredibly rare and incredibly entertaining turn of events, was being faux-interviewed by teammate Brock Bradford via Bradford's makeshift water bottle microphone. "You know the votes are done before the weekend and I think he turned a lot of heads this weekend and showed why he should have won the award." After pausing briefly, Orpik added: "Rooming with him is exceptional." It was a moment that epitomized the misconceptions of Gerbe that have frequented the college hockey world all season long. Yes, he's "feisty." Yes, he's taken some liberties. But no, he's not a jerk. No, he's not arrogant. No, he's not in it for himself. He's simply an incredible player who delivered when his team needed him most. It was such a clutch performance that when asked about Gerbe, Norte Dame's Jackson could hardly stop doting on his one-time player at U.S. National Developmental program. "God bless the small guy because he plays fearless and with a lot of jam and skill," Jackson said. "He reminds me of another small player from BC — Brian Gionta — although he might even be quicker than Brian."
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Butler to sign with Sabres

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, April 12, 2008 | 4/12/2008

The Denver Post is reporting that Chris Butler and the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to a deal. Butler leaving DU for NHL
"It was tough," said Butler, who was drafted by the Sabres in the fourth round in 2005. "I've enjoyed every minute at Denver. And the guys and the coaching staff — everyone, from the strength coach to the administrators — are very special to me." Named to the All-America second team Friday, Butler was the Pioneers' best defenseman and two-way player. He had 17 points (three goals) this season, and had a team-high 110 blocked shots and a plus-10 rating. He was the quarterback on the No. 1 power-play unit and a key penalty killer. He also led DU in minutes per game.
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Gerbe, Eagles fly a mile high for NCAA title

Congratulations to Sabres prospects Nathan Gerbe and Andrew Orpik who get to celebrate an NCAA Championship with a 4-1 win over Notre Dame. With a pair of goals and assists in the final, Gerbe powered his way to a total of eight points at the Frozen Four in Denver en route to being named tourney Most Outstanding Player. He ends his junior season with 35 goals and 33 assists in 43 games. The title is the third in Boston College history, and the program's first since 2001. Both Gerbe and Orpik were part of two national runners-up in 2006 and 2007 before tonight's big win.
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...and Gerbe sets up goal #4

Moments after a second Notre Dame goal was disallowed, Nathan Gerbe flicked a pass to the front of the net that was pumped in by Ben Smith to give BC a 4-1 lead. That's two goals and two assists for the All-American forward in tonight's title game. Currently 4:22 to play in regulation. BC 4, ND 1
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Gerbe sets up goal #3

Nathan Gerbe patiently settled a 4-3 advantage, then fed the puck to a one-timing Joe Whitney for a 3-0 Eagles lead. That's two goals and an assist in under six minutes of action for the Oxford, MI native. As this is being typed, Notre Dame takes advantage of a BC line change to give-and-go their way to their first goal on the evening. 10:53 left in the 2nd period. BC 3, ND 1
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...and Gerbe nets #35

Nathan Gerbe is now looking for the Hat Trick, as he just jammed home his 35th goal of the season to put Boston College up 2-0 at the 14:23 mark of period two. That's two quick strikes in 3:14 for the explosive left wing.
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Gerbe nets #34

Nathan Gerbe just buried a Brian Gibbons pass from the left side to put Boston College on the board in the NCAA Championship. 15:53 left in the 2nd period. BC 1, Notre Dame 0.
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Funk suspended after brawl

Rochester D Mike Funk has been suspended for one game after accumulating his third general misconduct ejection after a brawl in Friday's 4-0 loss to Syracuse. From Kevin O's Rochester D&C article:
A scrap between Amerks winger Tanner Glass and Crunch defenseman Duvie Westcott sparked an 11-player brawl that led to the ejection of nine players, including Amerks goalie Tyler Plante. "That's more a season of frustration setting in," Amerks defenseman Mike Funk said. "It's something that needed to be done." There was no plan to fight, especially since the Amerks have no brawlers. But the brouhaha began when Glass gave a shot to Westcott with his stick. Westcott slashed him back, at which point Glass decided they would fight. "It was a complete two-hander that set it off," Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth said after his club was shut out for the ninth time. Soon all players paired off. Funk enraged the Crunch when he tried to fight highly skilled centerman Derick Brassard. Brassard turtled and Funk, who rarely fights himself, ended up on top of the rookie. "That will be in the memory banks," Crunch coach Ross Yates vowed. Crunch thug Jon Mirasty, one of the toughest fighters in the AHL, had been paired off with Anthony Stewart, with the linesmen trying to break them up. Mirasty saw Funk punching Brassard and broke free and began throwing punches at Funk from atop the pile. Because Stewart was still being detained by a linesman, Plante left his crease to pull Mirasty away from the pile. He certainly didn't want to be paired off with Mirasty. A linesmen was between them as each threw a punch. "It was like hitting a brick wall," Plante said. "Obviously he's taken a punch before."
The Rundown: Zagrapan - 4 SOG Gragnani - 2 SOG, -1 Mancari - 3 SOG Whitmore - 1 SOG MacArthur - 1 SOG, -1 Funk - 15 PIM Weber - 12 PIM Dylan Hunter missed the game with a shoulder injury, while D Mike Card re-joined the team in full-gear for their Friday practice. Card isn't expected to play again this season, but it's an encouraging sign in his battle back from a pair of concussions.
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Gogulla growing while guiding

On Thursday, Philip Gogulla cashed his third goal of the playoffs on a breakaway wrister as Cologne advanced to DEL finals with a 3-2 victory over Frankfurt. The Dusseldorf native has been very active, using his speed and versatility to score a point in every semifinal game (2+4) while manning a point on the second power play unit. With nine points overall, the confident young winger is tied for second on the team in playoff scoring. The #3 Sharks move into the finals to face #2 Berlin, with game one slated for Sunday afternoon.
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MacKenzie's 'Hawks need extra time for win

The Waterloo Black Hawks opened the first round of the USHL playoffs with a thrilling 4-3 defeat of Cedar Rapids in double overtime. Sabres 2007 pick Drew MacKenzie assisted on the third 'Hawks goal (the league website has it credited to Brett Olson), and added a shot on goal in the victory. The two teams will play it back tonight for game two of their best-of-five series.
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Byron, Olympiques advance to semis

Last night, Paul Byron scored the first Gatineau goal to propel les Olympiques past Quebec, 5-2. The win slots Gatineau in the QMJHL semifinal round where they will square off against the Halifax Mooseheads. Byron had seven points (5+2) in the 4-1 quarterfinal series win over the Remparts. In 10 total playoff games, Byron ranks fourth on his team in scoring with eight goals and four assists. He'll be carrying seven-game point streak into play when the semis being next week.
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Gerbe, Orpik to skate for title

Junior forwards Andrew Orpik and Nathan Gerbe have spent three seasons together at Boston College. Their first two seasons saw BC reach the NCAA finals, losing to Wisconsin and Michigan State. The Eagles have again clawed their way into the title game this season after Thursday's stunning 6-1 victory over North Dakota. Gerbe showed why he's one of the elite amateur players in the world, posting a hat trick and an assist in the big win over the Sioux. His shorthanded goal was the eventual game winner after Orpik put BC on the board early. The pair of 2005 picks will look for their first trophy skate tonight in Denver against upstart Notre Dame. The Irish come into tonight smoking hot after an upset win over Michigan. Take a gander at these articles, one on Gerbe followed by two on Orpik, to ramp-up into tonight's 7:00 start (Eastern). Gerbe Lifts Eagles High
“Our team went through a tough stretch, and myself I went through a tough stretch, and that’s when you have to look in the mirror and see if you’re being an honest player,” said Gerbe. “The coaches did a great job with keeping me from not trying not to cheat the game and just play hard and smart and it will come to you. That’s what’s happening right now. I’ve got great linemates, Ben Smith and Brian Gibbons, so that definitely helps out.” For the Sioux, seeing Gerbe play well against them has become a familiar pattern. Gerbe had two goals and two assists in last year’s 6-4 semifinal win over the Sioux. “He played well,” said Sioux coach Dave Hakstol. “Certainly we had some matchups in mind and tonight Nate Gerbe did a great job. Certainly he was the difference-maker in the hockey game.”
BC's fourth liners also show-stoppers
York called Kucharski and Orpik, both 6 feet 3 inches, bookends around the 5-11 Lombardi. All three like to hit hard. "They use their bodies very well," said York. "We're all pretty big," said Kucharski. "We cycle the puck and maintain control of the puck in the offensive zone and just wear teams down. Orps got a big goal early there and all three guys were hitting guys and playing a good defensive game and that's what we need to do." Anything can shake loose with a well-timed hit. Orpik scored BC's first goal in its 6-1 semifinal victory over North Dakota Thursday, set up by Kucharski, before the natural scorers - Gerbe, Ben Smith, and Dan Bertram - took over. "The older you get, you understand your star players are going to get the most attention, and we understand that," said Orpik, who is tied for ninth in team scoring with 13 points (seven goals). "The older you get, the more you understand what a role player is. Nate's role on this team is to score goals. Our job is to get the puck down low, be physical on the ice, not get scored on, be a good defensive line, and try and throw some bodies around. The way we play, we know we're not going to be in the spotlight, and that's fine with us."
'What's The Big deal?'
Like his brother before him, Andrew (6-3, 215) provides a physical dimension to a team dominated by small, quick, highly skilled players. He plays on a line with Matt Lombardi and the only other Eagle forward to top six feet, Kyle Kucharski (6-3, 200). “You look at BC and stereotypically we’re a small team,” Orpik says. “What our coaches like our line to do is to get the puck down low, cycle, and wear down their defensemen so when our top lines get out there they’ll be tired from dealing with us down low. “The coaches don’t look for us to score goals. If you’re a hockey player, you want to score goals, but the older you get, the more you understand what your role is on the team. Anytime we get a goal, it’s a bonus.” After scoring a “bonus” of six goals coming into the Frozen Four, Orpik picked a terrific time to add a seventh. He drew first blood against the Sioux, setting the table for Nathan Gerbe’s subsequent hat trick explosion.
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Schiestel, Dogs still biting

On Friday, Drew Schiestel set up Luca Caputi's game winning goal on the power play as Niagara stopped Oshawa with an 8-3 win. The steady defender was also a +2 as the IceDogs staved off elimination to trail the Eastern Conference semi-final series 3-2. Schiestel, 18, also picked up an assist in Wednesday's 6-4 loss, and has six points (all assists) in five post-season games. Game six goes down Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in St. Catharines.
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Gerbe, Butler named All-Americans

Congratulations to Boston College LW Nathan Gerbe and Denver D Chris Butler, as both Sabres prospects have been named to the Division I American Hockey Coaches Association RBK list of All-Americans.
First Team All-Americans East G Kevin Regan, Sr., New Hampshire (South Boston, MA) D Matt Gilroy, Jr., Boston University (North Bellemore, NY) D Mike Moore, Sr., Princeton (Calgary, AB) F Mike Radja, Sr., New Hampshire (Yorkville, IL) F Lee Jubinville, Jr., Princeton (Edmonton, AB) F Nathan Gerbe, Jr., Boston College (Oxford, MI) West G Richard Bachman, Fr., Colorado College (Highlands Ranch, CO) D Tyler Eckford, Jr., Alaska (Langley, BC) D Jack Hillen, Sr., Colorado College (Minnetonka, MN) F Ryan Jones, Sr., Miami (Chatham, ON) F T.J. Oshie, Jr., North Dakota (Warroad, MN) F Kevin Porter, Sr., Michigan (Northville, MI) Second Team All-Americans East G Josh Kassel, Jr., Army (Greensburg, PA) D Grant Clitsome, Sr., Clarkson (Gloucester, ON) D Brad Flaishans, Sr., New Hampshire (Glendale, AZ) F Bryan Ewing, Sr., Boston University (Plymouth, MA) F Peter MacArthur, Sr., Boston University (Clifton Park, NY) F Matt Fornataro, Sr., New Hampshire (Calgary, AB) West G Jeff Lerg, Jr., Michigan State (Livonia, MI) D Chris Butler, Jr., Denver (St. Louis, MO) D Alec Martinez, Jr., Miami (Rochester, MI) F Chad Rau, Jr., Colorado College (Eden Prairie, MN) F Chad Kolarik, Sr., Michigan (Abington, PA) F Ryan Lasch, So., St. Cloud State (Lake Forest, CA)
Both Gerbe and Butler are expected to sign with Buffalo in the upcoming weeks. Gerbe being placed on the East First-Team comes on the heels of his just missing out on college hockey's top individual prize - The Hobey Baker Memorial Award - which on Friday was given to Michigan's Kevin Porter.
For fellow Hobey Hat Trick nominee Nathan Gerbe, Porter’s victory should come as no surprise. “I’ve known Kevin since growing up and it’s well-deserved,” he said. “He’s such a great player and also a dynamic player. Off the ice, he’s one of the greatest kids I’ve ever played with. He’s been so caring and I’ve played with him for a few seasons at USA there [the U.S. National Development Team Program] , so I can’t say enough nice things about him.”
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Schiestel making his presence felt

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | 4/08/2008

The St. Catharines Standard just posted a nice piece on 2007 second round pick, Drew Schiestel.
Schiestel has done a lot of things right in his major junior hockey career and was selected in the second round, 59th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2007 NHL draft. He attended his first NHL camp last fall. “They like my skating ability and offensive upside but they told me to keep working on my defensive zone awareness,” he said. That’s something he has had to work on his entire junior career. When IceDogs head coach Mario Cicchillo first watched Schiestel skate, the scout beside him said the rearguard was like a runaway train. Not any more. “Since he has gotten here, Drew had a lot better understanding of the game. He has studied the game and worked really hard,” Cicchillo said. This season, Schiestel was a plus 15, in addition to scoring eight goals and 37 points. “In the second half and into the playoffs, I’ve felt like I’ve done a really good job with that hopefully I can keep improving,” he said. His goal is to be an NHL defenceman and Cicchillo believes it’s only a matter of time before that becomes reality. “Within three years, Drew plays in the NHL. As soon as he gets in the habit of reading the game better and making good first passes, the kids going to be good.”
In the game of hockey, nicknames can go either way. Sabre greats like "Tickets" Gare, "Spinner" Spencer, and "King Kong" Korab have come and gone. The current edition of the Sabres has instead kept it simple, opting for Pommer, Millsey, Roysie, and the ridiculous 'Paillesie' that I once heard come out of a Sabre mouth. Enter Schiestel. Your Delta Tau Chi name is....
Schiestel possesses all the tools to be an NHLer, although his nickname — Shitter — may not be ready for airing on Hockey Night in Canada. It’s a handle he has had since his early days of playing AAA travel hockey. “When my hockey buddies say it, they don’t think of its actual meaning. I know it’s all fun and games and it’s just a nickname. Unfortunately it stuck.”
Possessing swift skating ability, it's safe to say that "Shitter" is well on the path to becoming a streaking rearguard in the NHL. Thanks. I'll be here all week.
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4/6 Recap: Late touchdown sinks Amerks

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, April 7, 2008 | 4/07/2008

The forgettable season for the Rochester Americans endured another head-shaking blemish yesterday with a 10-3 loss to Syracuse. Dylan Hunter notched his 20th goal in defeat. The Rundown: Hunter - goal, -1 Mancari - assist, -1 Funk - assist, -3 Kaleta - fight with Derek Dorsett MacArthur - 5 SOG, -1 Gragnani - 1 SOG, -2 Zagrapan - 1 SOG, -3 Whitmore - -4 In another Sunday contest, Drew Schiestel was -1 as Niagara fell to Oshawa, 4-1. The Generals rode a two-goal first period en route to taking a 2-1 series lead over the Dogs. Adding insult to the pain of defeat for Niagara is the indefinite loss of defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Projected as a top-five pick in the June draft, Pietrangelo sits in a St. Catharines hospital diagnosed with mononucleosis and fluid in his abdomen due to a small tear in his spleen. Schiestel and the rest of the Dogs D will have to step it up a notch when play resumes Tuesday night.
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4/6 Recap: Gogulla Goal-unga

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, April 6, 2008 | 4/06/2008

Philip Gogulla scored the game's first goal as Cologne needed overtime to defeat Frankfurt, 2-1. The goal was the second of the playoffs for the left wing, and was cashed on one of his game-high 10 shots on goal. The Sharks now lead the semi-final series 2-1, and will look to advance to the DEL finals with a win on Tuesday. Pardon the Caddyshack reference in the title, but it's strange that Western New York's first gorgeous day of the year comes on the first day of the Sabres offseason...
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4/5 Recap: Byron, Schiestel, MacKenzie pot big goals

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, April 5, 2008 | 4/05/2008

Paul Byron scored a pair of goals, including his second straight game winner, as Gatineau defeated Quebec, 5-2. The Remparts were up 2-0 before Byron finished a Claude Giroux (PHI) feed to get les Olympiques on the board in the second period. He put Gatineau up for good with his sixth of the playoffs midway through the third, and added an assist in the final minute to push his playoff point total to nine in seven games. Gatineau leads the series 2-0 with the teams heading to QC for game three on Tuesday. In the OHL, Drew Schiestel scored his first goal of the playoffs in Niagara's 5-3 win over Oshawa. The Generals continued their dominance early, scoring three times in a span of 1:26 to jump ahead 3-0, but the Dogs would score five unanswered to even the series at one game each. Just minutes after the Generals surge, Schiestel notched the second of two Niagara power play goals in :24 to spur the Dogs home-ice comeback. Niagara looks to carry their momentum into Oshawa's barn for tomorrow's game three. The entire Dogs roster struggled there in Thursday's 6-1 road loss, including Schiestel, whose giveaway led to Dale Mitchell's game winner. Oshawa will be without Shea Kewin for the rest of their run, as the RW broke his leg after falling in a fight with Matt Corrente. In a USHL playoff preview, Waterloo defenseman Drew MacKenzie blasted the overtime game-winner as the Black Hawks edged Cedar Rapids, 3-2. The Connecticut native finishes his only tier one season 4-14-18 with 103 PIM and a +7 in 57 games. The same two teams will square off in round one of the Clark Cup Playoffs, beginning next Friday with a back-to-back set in Waterloo. Four of their regular season games went to OT. On the farm, Marek Zagrapan banged in a rebound and Mark Mancari tapped a backhander five-hole for the Rochester goals in their 3-2 loss to Grand Rapids. Adam Dennis made 36 saves while goaltender coach Bob Janosz watched from the bench as the Amerks back-up for the evening. The Rundown: Zagrapan - goal (17) Mancari - goal (19) Hunter - assist MacArthur - assist Whitmore - -1 Gragnani - -1 Funk - 0's
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Former Sabres scout talks Bogosian, process

In today's Peterborough Examiner, former Sabres scout Don Barrie discusses '08 stud defender, Zach Bogosian, and served up a few details about the whole draft process.

When I was working with Buffalo, we interviewed Alex Ovechkin, even though we were picking 13th. There was some interest in some of our players and there was a possibility we could move to that coveted first pick in the draft. But Ovechkin's body language throughout the interview said, "Why are you wasting my time when it is obvious I'm going first overall?"

I remember him as being pleasant and accommodating and so confident of his English that he did the interview without an interpreter - a rarity for Russian players.

Later in the article...
After the combine, some seriously interested teams will bring in the prospect to meet the entire staff. The year Eric Staal was drafted, 2003, Buffalo had the fifth pick overall. I drove Staal down to Buffalo to meet the Sabres' staff. The Sabres also brought in Nathan Horton, Dustin Brown and flew to the University of Minnesota to see Thomas Vanek, their eventual pick, before the draft. Goalie Marc-Jean Fleury went first to Pittsburgh with Eric going second to Carolina.


Barrie joined Rudy Miguay, Mike Racicot, and David Volek as scouts let go by the Sabres in the 2005 offseason. Peterborough's Bogosian, meanwhile, is considered a lock to be chosen in the top five of the June draft.
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4/4 Recap: Byron nets winner; Whitmore lights lamp in loss

In the QMJHL playoffs, Gatineau C Paul Byron notched the game winning goal as les Olympiques defeated Quebec, 3-1. The goal, Byron's fourth of the playoffs, put Gatineau in front 1-0 in their second round series. The Remparts will get their suspended coach, Patrick Roy, back behind the bench for tonight's game two. Roy's son Jonathan was also suspended after the first-round brawl with Chicoutimi, and will not return to the Quebec crease until game four.

Drew MacKenzie had four shots on net as Waterloo picked up their sixth straight win with a 7-1 dumping of Green Bay. The Black Hawks close their USHL regular season this evening against the same Cedar Rapids team they will meet next week in the first playoff round.

In the AHL, Rochester native Derek Whitmore scored his first professional goal in Rochester's 4-3 loss to Syracuse. The defeat came in the final minute of play, and was the Amerks' eighth straight loss against the state rival. Mark Mancari also scored for Rochester, while Marek Zagrapan added a pair of assists in a losing effort.

The Rundown:
Whitmore - goal, 4 SOG, +2
Mancari - goal, +1
Zagrapan - two assists, +2
Hunter - assist, +1
MacArthur - +1
Gragnani - 3 SOG
Funk - 2 PIM
Dennis - 27 saves
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Gerbe named Hockey East Player of the Month

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, April 4, 2008 | 4/04/2008

Hobey finalist Nathan Gerbe of Boston College stays in the headlines by earning Hockey East Player of the Month honors for March. League Release
Gerbe registered a team-high 15 points (8g,7a) in nine games. He registered six multiple-point performances in the month of March and recorded a point in eight of the nine games. Gerbe earned Hockey East Tournament MVP honors after he totaled nine points (4g,5a) in four league tournament wins and captured NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament team honors after tallied three points (2g,1a) in BC victories over No. 3 seed Minnesota and No. 1 seed Miami. Runners-up: Pete MacArthur, BU (Sr., F, Clifton Park, N.Y.) 7 GP, 9 points (7g,2a) Jerry Pollastrone, UNH (Jr., F, Revere, Mass.) 7GP, 8 points (7g,1a)
The good folks over at Gerbe-for-Hobey have already added the award to his impressive 2007-08 trophy case: -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER -NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 3/24 -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 2/11 -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 1/14 -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 12/17 -CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 12/3 -INCH PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 11/26 -Hockey East First Team All Star -Hobey Baker Award Finalist -Walter Brown Award Semi-Finalist -2008 Hockey East Tournament MVP -2008 NCAA NE Regional All Tournament Team Next Thursday, Gerbe and fellow Sabres prospect Andrew Orpik will take on North Dakota at the NCAA Frozen Four in Denver.
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4/3 Recap: Taylor goal buries Sharks; Dogs pounded

Philip Gogulla notched his fifth point of the DEL playoffs, a power-play assist, in Cologne's 5-4 overtime loss to Frankfurt. Former Sabre Chris Taylor scored the game winning goal for the Lions. The semifinal series is now locked at a game apiece with the action shifting back to Cologne's home sheet for Sunday's game three. Drew Schiestel was -2 as Niagara got spanked by Oshawa, 6-1. The home ice win puts the Generals up 1-0 over the Ice Dogs in their OHL second round series. Last night, Waterloo D Drew MacKenzie punched five shots on the Gamblers goal in their 2-1 come-from-behind win over Green Bay.
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Gerbe lands in Hobey Hat Trick

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | 4/02/2008

And then there were three. Hobey finalists, that is. Congratulations to Michigan's Kevin Porter, Miami's Ryan Jones, and Boston College's Nathan Gerbe, who today were tabbed as the three finalists for the NCAA's Hobey Baker Award - also known as the Hobey Hat Trick.
Gerbe, a junior forward, has helped guide his Eagles to their third straight NCAA Frozen Four. He has produced 30 goals and 30 assists in 41 games and ranks second in the nation in scoring. Gerbe was named first-team Hockey East and the league's playoff MVP, The Dodge Holiday Classic MVP and was the Hockey Commissioner's December National Player of the Month.
It's worth noting that Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna suggested over a month ago that Gerbe's November suspension should not factor into the award voting.
"I think that would be a shame," Bertagna said. "Believe me, I believe whether it's players or coaches I've always been a stickler for people doing what's expected of them. I think it would be a shame if someone took it that far [to punish Gerbe in the Hobey Baker voting]. I really don't believe there's a body of evidence to make that a factor in the voting, just a couple incidents that happened. It seems like a long time ago to me, and he paid the price for it. To me, he's been a great player since, and I haven't had an incident, or anything anybody has asked me to look at or anything."
This is the first year since 2002 that a goaltender was not part of the 'Hat Trick', and for the first time since 2001 (Ryan Miller - Mich. St./CCHA), the winner will come from a non-WCHA school. The award will be handed out on Friday, April 11th. The Sabres selected Gerbe in the 5th round (142nd overall) of the 2005 Draft.
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4/1 Recap: Cologne strong; Allard, Brennan done

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | 4/01/2008

In the DEL semifinals, LW Philip Gogulla picked up an assist as rested Cologne pounded Frankfurt, 7-1. Gogulla now has a goal and three assists in six playoff games. The win puts the Sharks up 1-0 over the Lions in the best-of-five series with play resuming on Thursday. Last night, J.S. Allard had a pair of assists as St. John's was eliminated from the postseason with a 4-3 loss to Acadie-Bathurst. In the six series games, Allard went 4-8-12 to lead all Foggies scorers. Defenseman T.J. Brennan was held off the scoresheet in the loss, potting two goals and four assists in the short playoff year. Now the search for new billets begins for the pair of 2007 draftees, as the franchise will be leaving the Newfoundland outpost for Montreal (Verdun) in 2008-09.
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The Butler, in the library, with the deal?

On Sunday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post speculated on the future of Pioneers junior rearguard, Chris Butler:
Two big question marks, and a smaller third one, exist with the Pios. One, will junior defenseman Chris Butler be back? DU’s best two-way player had a nice summer camp with the Buffalo Sabres last year and will probably have a tough decision to make. If he stays, he’ll be the WCHA’s top D-man and possible team captain. I talked to him briefly about it after Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Badgers, and he didn’t say much — other than the loss could inspire him to come back and give it another shot. But once he’s offered a contract and the Sabres present a plan for him next season, certainly the sting of the season-ending loss will be history. My take: 70-30 he signs.
Chambers says 70/30 he signs. I'll say 89/11. Other than winning a college championship, which is a dangerous motivator for a player reknowned as a "team guy", there isn't a whole lot left for Butler to prove in the WCHA. Of course, completing his education has to be a primary goal, but that can always be done over the offseason. Developmentally, the St. Louis native is good to go as a professional hockey player. Andrej Sekera is certain to be on Buffalo's blueline next season, and it looks like Mike Weber is on the verge of joining him. With a twice-concussed Mike Card engaged in rehabilitation, and still-defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani showing chops best served as a left wing, Mike Funk and Mike Kostka could be the only defensive prospects under contract for the Sabres AHL affiliate in 2008-09. (The recently signed Kostka will attend training camp after leaving his Amerks ATO to finish his UMass coursework.) Enter Butler, 21, and perhaps even 2006 first-rounder Dennis Persson. Butler would obviously be an early signing, while the Sabres are inside of 60 days away from a decision on Persson. 2007 picks T.J. Brennan and Drew Schiestel both would benefit from another junior season, and as 19-year olds, would have to make the Sabres roster outright (unlikely) since they won't meet AHL age requirements. Harvard sophomore Alex Biega and St. Lawrence junior Matt Generous are expected to return to college, while '07 Drew MacKenzie hasn't even glanced at his first campus co-ed. SabresProspects is still keeping tabs on unsigned Miami D Mitch Ganzak, who recently completed his senior season with the Redhawks after attending Buffalo's prospect camp over the summer - the same camp that put Kostka on the radar.
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