While seven Sabres prospects currently play in the OHL, there are a few future Sabre-hopefuls residing in the other member leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. Let’s take a look at them and how they’re currently doing with their respective teams.
First up is center Mikhail Grigorenko, playing with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
The Remparts currently sit fourth in the Q, with a record of 30-13-3-5.
The best team in the league is Baie-Comeau Drakkar with 74 points – just six ahead of Quebec. Three teams have so far clinched playoff spots – Baie-Comeau, Blainville-Boisbriand and Halifax, though more will surely be coming soon. The QMJHL season wraps up on March 15, with Quebec’s final game taking place that day against the Rimouski Oceanic.
Grigorenko has appeared in six games this season with the Remparts. The Sabres prospect has notched four goals and four assists in that stretch, averaging out to 1.33 points per game. He’s also gone 78/125 in the faceoff circle, amounting to 62.4 percent. His season in the Q includes three multi-point games; he notched three points in his return to Quebec on January 18 to face Rouyn-Noranda.
Meanwhile, some 3,000 miles across Canada, another Sabres prospect is holding his own in the Western Hockey League.
Sabres prospect Logan Nelson is currently playing with the WHL’s Victoria Royals over in British Columbia. The Royals are third in the Western Conference with 71 points and a record of 34-16-0-3. Only one team – Kelowna – has thus far clinched a playoff spot, with regular season play ending on March 16. (Victoria’s last game, however, is the day prior, when they visit the Everett Silvertips.)
Nelson has 16 goals and 24 assists, notching a total of 40 points in 42 games with the Royals. He has seven power play goals, second most on the team, and is a plus-3 so far in his third WHL season. He’s missed some time to injury, but is nearing his point total for last season, when he scored 43 points in 49 games over the course of the year. Provided the Royals make the playoffs, it’ll be interesting – Nelson has averaged a point-per-game in the playoffs in both seasons he’s played in Victoria to date. Can the Sabres prospect continue that streak?