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Buffalo Sabres Prospects Earn Numerous Awards, Bright Future Ahead

April 29th, 2014 at 6:21 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Sabres endured their worst season in team history, finishing with the worst record in the National Hockey League. While the Sabres will have the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27 in Philadelphia, they already have several promising prospects waiting to get the call to the NHL.

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Below you will find a list of Sabres prospects and the various awards they earned this past season.

Justin Bailey, RW (2nd Round pick, 52nd overall, 2013 Draft)

  • Kitchener Rangers 2013-2014 Most Valuable Player

Nicholas Baptiste, RW (3rd Round pick, 69th overall 2013 Draft)

  • Sudbury Wolves 2013-2014 Most Valuable Player
  • Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference Coaches Poll – 2nd Best Skater
  • Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference Coaches Poll – Best Shootout Shooter

JT Compher, LW (2nd Round pick, 35th overall, 2013 Draft)

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • Second Team All-Big Ten
  • Hal Downes Award – University of Michigan Team Most Valuable Player
  • Deker Club Award – University of Michigan Co-Rookie of the Year

Hudson Fasching, RW (4th Round, 118th overall, LA Kings, 2013 Draft)

  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team
  • University of Minnesota Frank Pond Award – Rookie of the Year

Justin Kea, C (3rd Round, 73rd overall, 2012 Draft)

  • Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Coaches Poll – 3rd Best Defensive Forward

Eric Locke, C (7th Round, 189th overall, 2013 Draft)

  • Saginaw Spirit Wren Blair Leadership Award

Sean Malone, C (6th Round, 159th overall, 2013 Draft)

  • All-Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year

Jake McCabe, D (2nd Round, 44th overall, 2012 Draft)

  • First Team All-Big Ten
  • CCM First Team All-American (West)

Cal Petersen, G (5th Round, 129th overall, 2013 Draft)

  • United States Hockey League Western Conference Midseason First Team All-Star

Linus Ullmark, G (6th Round, 163rd overall, 2012 Draft)

  • 2014 Honken Trophy – Swedish Hockey League Goaltender of the Year

Nikita Zadorov, D (1st Round, 16th overall, 2013 Draft)

  • Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Coaches Poll – 2nd best defensive defenseman

Many of the above prospects were all drafted at a very young age. The NHL isn't like the National Football League, where you see prospects make an immediate impact. These players will take some time to develop into NHL-caliber players. Sabres fans will wait as long as it takes if these players bring home The Stanley Cup in the future.



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