For the Buffalo Sabres – the lack of hockey this year is frightening, but it gives their prospects another year of developmental growth that they may not have gotten had the NHL started on time instead of Lockout 2012. As we near the 2013 U20 IIHF World Championship – we will look at each eligible player in the Buffalo Sabres orgnanization.
Our first player profile is Dan Catenacci. If you don’t know Dan – you can follow him on twitter. Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario – he could be representing Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF U20 WJC.
Catenacci was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 77th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry draft. He is currently assigned to the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack.
This season so far, Catenacci is second in scoring on the Attack with sixteen goals. That, along with his 24 assists places him eighth overall in the OHL. He finished second in scoring for Owen Sound last season.
He is still a raw prospect – and has some conditioning on both ends of the ice before he can think about the jump to the NHL.
For his chances at the 2013 WJC – he did represent Team Canada at the U18 tournament in 2011.
Team Canada did not medal in that game, and Catennaci was limited to just two assists through the tournament. He has the ability to make it to the U20 tournament this year because of his ability to play any of the three forward positions, and uses his good speed to open up the ice for himself and his teammates.