Takeaway | Rusk fuels a big night for co-workers Kulish, Rosen

Seth Appert and his coaching staff had designs on merging Lukas RuskAnd the Jiri KulichAnd the Isaac Rosen As buddies before the prospects challenge begins.

They calculated that Rusk’s game industry would blend well with Kulich and Rosen’s scoring prowess. Rusk will also be a veteran announcer in the first two first-round picks entering their first seasons in North America, having spent the last season with North America.

Those plans changed when an injury kept Kulic away from the tournament’s opener, but the vision paid off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Rusk scored a pair of assists while Rosen and Kulic each scored in a 7-4 win for the Cypress prospects at LECOM Harborcenter.

“They were really good,” Appert said.

Matt Savoy He also scored his first goal of the tournament for Cypress, as did Ethan Ritchie, Philip CederqvistAnd the Alexander Kissakovand Spencer Sofa. Oskar Laksonen And the Linus Weisbach Both were scored with two passes.

Let’s get into the takeaways from the game, starting with the fruitful night of the Kulich line.

1. Kulish was originally disqualified from the tournament after he came to camp with a nagging lower body injury. Additional evaluations by Buffalo’s medical staff deemed him fit to play, and he skied twice before making his championship debut against the Devils.

Kules had assists before scoring an empty goal at the end of the third half.

“I thought Kolish [had] “A very strong first match,” said Appert. “Maybe he could not have been happier with his first performance.”

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2. The main factor in putting Rusk on the wing alongside Kulic was giving the latter a fellow veteran to count on as he begins his transition to North American hockey. Both players are from the Czech Republic, with Rusk jumping to America last season.

Rusk said he asked Kulish to play the same way he plays at home. His thoughts on the game Kulish?

“Not bad,” he said.

3. Rusk was injured for most of his rookie season in Rochester but recovered in time to run the playoff, where he was a major contributor in attack. He tied for seventh place with the team with six points in 10 postseason games, including four assists.

His game making was on display against demons. Rusk advanced from behind the goal line to set up a one-time Ritchie goal, which ended a 1-0 deficit during the first half. He drove hard into the net to create the rebound that led to Rosen’s goal in the third.

“We talked this morning,” Appert said. “I thought he was pretty good in Game 1, but it’s the first match. It’s a bit chaotic. I thought he was elite tonight. Penalty was well killed, something he didn’t do much last year.

“Now, we’re not surprised. We expect him to be a top player in the MLS this year and start trying to be a player who can be called up to the National Hockey League.”

4. Savoy found ways to make an impact despite not finding the score sheet against Montreal on Friday by putting pressure on the monitoring team and being effective in the penalty kick. But given the multitude of calls close to him near the opponent’s network, his own target seemed only a matter of time.

He finally reached out during the third period against the Devils, a timely goal after the Devils scored twice in quick succession to overwhelm one. Savoy got a pass from Suva, which he deposited at the back door.

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5. Cederqvist put in front of the New Jersey net to score his goal in strong play during the first period, bouncing the ball past goalkeeper Nico Daws.

Cederqvist is the biggest striker on Buffalo’s roster with a height of 6ft 3lbs 208lbs. The play was in line with Rochester coach Mike Webber’s description of Cederqvist on Friday.

“In the MLS and especially the National Hockey League, you have to get to the blue, you have to get to the front,” Webber said. “What I’ve seen from him in the last few days is that he’s a guy who really wants to get there. He has the ability to handle hitting and pressure. He has a nice hand that is tight in there to the end.”

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6. Cederqvist, 22, was a fifth-round pick by Sabers in 2019. It’s been a long journey up to this point, having played three professional seasons in Sweden before being rewarded with an entry deal this summer.

“Our development staff has been taking care of it,” Appert said. “Our development staff… really pushed us to the need to sign this young man. This is a kid who was late, he wasn’t really on the Swedish national team’s radar when he was younger, and he always will be. [upward] On a slow and steady course.

“His work ethic is high, and his attitude is great, so these are great kids to work with because you want to be around guys like that. So, you know that’s a credit to him. I think it would be a good fit for us.”

7. Kisakov flashed his skill in his first goal of the tournament, beating his defender down the left side after securing a turn in the neutral zone and hitting Daws with a cross-body shot.

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8. Cypress concluded her prospects challenge against senators in Ottawa on Monday afternoon. Tickets are available for $10.

The game will be streamed live on Sabres.com, BuffaloSabres on Twitter and on the team’s Facebook.