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Six Sabres prospects to face Russians

The Russians are coming, and six Sabres prospects will be there to meet them.

The Canadian Hockey League -- which is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League -- is welcoming Team Russia for a six-game series next month featuring some of the world's top junior players. Six are Sabres draft picks.

The series starts with the QMJHL hosting two games, and defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc will play in both. The OHL is up next, with forwards Zack Kassian and Marcus Foligno playing in the second of two games. Defensemen Mark Pysyk and Matt MacKenzie will play both games for the WHL, while Brayden McNabb will play in one.

As always, my childhood street hockey buddy Kris Baker has the latest on all the Sabres' prospects at SabresProspects.com. Today's report starts with Kassian, who has five goals and 16 points in seven games with Windsor.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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