The Buffalo Sabres dropped both of their games in Week 1, but you can’t say the same about the top prospects over in Rochester.
While the Sabres couldn’t complete the comeback in last night’s game against the New York Islanders, the Rochester Americans managed to stun the Toronto Marlies and steal a 5-4 win in overtime thanks to a goal from second-year player Jri Kulich. If you missed Kulich’s game-winning goal from last night, check it out below and prepare to be wowed!
Pretty cool, right? Even cooler, it was Kulich’s third point of the season so far, and he’s not the only former first round pick with a trio of points through a pair of games. Isak Rosen also has three points and two goals, while Ryan Johnson paces all blueliners with three assists.
Aleksandr Kisakov is a mid-tier prospect who has one goal and one assist, and joining him with two points are Brett Murray, Linus Weissbach, and Nikita Novikov. Brandon Biro and Lukas Rousek have pitched in for one point so far in this (very) young season, and it’s only a matter of time before they get things rolling.
Sabres prospects are rocking and rolling after the first two games of the season
Kulich and Rosen are in their second full seasons with the Amerks, and you can expect them to continue on an upward trajectory. It may only be Ryan Johnson’s first year as a professional hockey player, but his strong camp and preseason foreshadowed what he was bringing to the table with the Rochester Americans, and he has not disappointed.
Biro and Rousek were thought to be the “next men up” should injuries strike the Buffalo Sabres forwards. But if Kulich and Rosen continue to impress us in Rochester – especially Rosen, whose respective offensive and defensive game is quickly evolving, then the first call-up is anyone’s game at this point.
(Statistics provided by theAHL.com)