First up is forward JT Compher, a freshman at the University of Michigan. Compher, 18, was drafted by the Sabres 35th overall in 2013. Having spent the last two years with the U.S. NTDP, Compher has had no trouble fitting into the college hockey scene. In 22 games with the University of Michigan, he’s racked up 21 points, averaging just under a point-per-game. Compher has nine goals and 12 assists on the season.
In addition, Compher’s season nearly included a run for gold with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, an injury kept him out at the last minute, but he’s returned to action and is having a solid season in his first year of college hockey.
Next up is defenseman Jake McCabe, a junior at the University of Wisconsin. The 20-year-old has appeared in 24 games for the Badgers so far this season. He’s scored six goals – the most of his college career to date – and 12 assists for 18 points. McCabe was drafted 44th overall by the Sabres in 2012.
McCabe is currently serving as an assistant captain for the Badgers.
Also on the Badgers is fellow Sabres prospect Brad Navin — also in his junior year at the University of Wisconsin. Navin was drafted in 2011 by the Sabres with the 197th overall selection.
The 21-year-old has notched eight points in 24 games this season. He’s tied his college career-high of three goals and surpassed his college career-high in assists, with five on the year.
At Providence College is Sabres prospect Anthony Florentino.
The freshman was drafted by the Sabres with the 143rd overall selection in 2013. Florentino, a defenseman, has appeared in 19 games with Providence College this season. The Boston native has three goals and five assists, plus 12 penalty minutes, on the season.
With the University of Minnesota is forward Christian Isackson. The 22-year-old Minnesota native was drafted by the Sabres in 2010 (203). He’s now a junior at Minnesota and has four points (1-3) in 15 games this season.
Finally, there’s center Sean Malone.
The West Seneca native was drafted by the Sabres in 2013, 159th overall, and has joined Harvard University for this season. He has 13 points (4-9) and 12 penalty minutes in 21 games this season.