The Buffalo Sabres have two talents in Jiri Kulich and Isak Rosen putting on a show night after night, but they aren’t the only two prospects to watch.
Jiri Kulich and Isak Rosen have stolen the show in the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs, with Kulich scoring six goals in as many games and Rosen becoming a go-to option on the power play. This duo will eventually see time in the Queen City, and Kulich could even punch a ticket onto the roster as early as next season.
But there are three other prospects in the Buffalo Sabres system who you should keep an eye on. These are three more young players who have either produced or have shown immense potential during their time in the playoffs. Let’s meet them.
3 Buffalo Sabres prospects to watch in Eastern Conference Final
1 – Lukas Rousek
Like Kulich, Lukas Rousek also has a good chance to sneak his way into the Sabres lineup next season, assuming there is room for him on the roster. He is currently tied for second in points with nine, having scored two goals and seven assists. And if you missed his latest goal during Game 3 against the Toronto Marlies, it’s more than worth checking out.
Lukáš Rousek’s second goal of the playoffs has the Amerks ahead of Toronto 3-1 at the first intermission. pic.twitter.com/cgSVTxV8Bo
— Kris Baker (@SabresProspects) May 17, 2023
Rousek has done nothing but impress this season, and his efforts landed him a cameo role with the Sabres late in the year. Look for him to bring his most impressive game yet to the Conference Final.
2 – Tyson Kozak
Tyson Kozak has four points in eight games, but his overall play has impressed. It seems like every time he’s on the ice, Kozak almost always knows where an opponent is going with the puck when the Amerks are in their own zone.
He’s been physical on both sides of the ice, always fighting for the puck when the Amerks are in the offensive zone. Kozak is also effective on the penalty kill, so if you’re watching the Conference Final, pay close attention to him when the Amerks are forced to bring out their PK unit.
3 – Filip Cederqvist
Thanks to an injury, Filip Cederqvist has only seen four games of action with one point to show. But if you watch Cederqvist closely, you’ll notice his tenacity along the boards, and his will to relentlessly battle for the puck.
In the Conference Final, I can see him serving as a catalyst to set up more than a fair share of scoring opportunities. No, he won’t score you many (if any) points, but he nonetheless brings a necessary dimension to the game, and one the Amerks will need in this round.
Source: Hamilton Take 2: Sabres’ young players are still playing and still learning by Paul Hamilton, WGRZ.com