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Buffalo Sabres Prospect Tracker: World Juniors Update; Adam Bounces Back

Kevin Hoffman – US PRESSWIRE

The Buffalo Sabres will have one less top prospect in Ufa, Russia after Christmas when the puck drops for the 2013 World Junior Championships.

Daniel Catenacci was cut from the Canadian squad last night, with 2013 draft eligible players Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and JC Lipon all making the team.

Catenacci has had an excellent year with the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL and will almost certainly find himself in a Rochester Americans sweater next season. Catenacci signed his entry-level deal at the end of the last NHL season in April.

In other camps, Sabres prospects are in a bit more certain of a position.

The home team Russia will rely heavily on the Sabres’ most talked about prospect Mikhail Grigorenko, who will certainly play on a line with fellow 2012 first rounder Nail Yakupov. Sabres goaltender Andrey Makarov will also platoon in net for the Russians who are looking to win their second gold in three years.

Joel Armia (Finland) and Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia) will also be a key piece of their teams.

The United States team has yet to open camp, but defenseman Jake McCabe has an excellent shot of making the team.

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Luke Adam had an excellent start to last season with the Sabres, but by the end could barely keep up in Rochester.

After a slow start with the Amerks this year, Adam finally looks like he’s getting back to where the Sabres had hoped he would be.

With a goal in last night’s huge third period comeback against the Lake Erie Monsters, Adam has now scored in three straight games for the Amerks. Now with 10 points in 20 games, Amerks coach Ron Rolston can only hope that Adam is getting back to the level of play he displayed in his first 15 games with the Sabres last year.

Needless to say, the Sabres are very interested in seeing Adam right the ship.

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Quick Hits:

Cody Hodgson is expected to return to the Amerks’ lineup tomorrow against the Toronto Marlies in Rochester. Hodgson has been out since the beginning of November with a broken hand. He has a goal and nine assists in nine games so far this season.

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc has also returned from an injury that kept him out for over a month to start the season, now having played in nine games for the Amerks. The offensive-minded defenseman has scored a goal and added an assist in that time. Gauthier-Leduc was one of the more offensively prolific defenseman in the QMJHL last season with the Rimouski Oceanic, scoring 74 points in 62 games, including 28 goals.

Kevin Porter and Brian Flynn are making waves in the AHL with their strong play. Porter is making a strong case for the Sabres’ fourth-line center spot, where Flynn is angling for a spot on the third or fourth line. Both were free agent signings for the Sabres, with Porter coming from the Colorado Avalanche and Flynn the University of Maine. Porter was a former standout at the University of Michigan, winning the Hobey Baker award in 2007-08.