The Buffalo Sabres have drafted and developed a number of youngsters currently playing in the NHL (Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power, Dylan Cozens), and the club under former GM Jason Botterill and current GM Kevyn Adams have been able to replenish the organization with young prospects. Throughout the month of August and leading into training camp next month, we will rank the club’s top prospects over the upcoming weeks based on their progress in either the NCAA, CHL, Europe, ECHL, or AHL and their potential to make the Sabres roster and make a contribution in the future. Players are eligible for the list if they have not played more than 40 NHL games and are 25 years old or younger:
#30 Ethan Miedema
The Sabres appear to be augmenting their strategy slightly after selecting a number of speedy, smallish, skilled forwards in Zach Benson, Matthew Savoie, Noah Ostlund, and Isak Rosen over the last three drafts. In the second round of the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville, Buffalo selected 6’3″ center Anton Wahlberg and in the fourth round, they chose big winger Ethan Miedema from the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs. The 18-year-old is 6’4″, 203 lb. and played for the Windsor Spitfires in his first OHL season, scoring 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 65 games. He was averaging nearly a point per game in his second season when he was dealt to Kingston as part of the trade for Shane Wright in January.
Big 6-foot-4 power winger Ethan Miedema had a change of scenery this past season, joining the @KingstonFronts on his journey toward the #NHLDraft.#MeetTheFuture | @KubotaCanadaLtd pic.twitter.com/GdnuZhvhZk
— Ontario Hockey League (@OHLHockey) June 9, 2023
After the deal, Miedema’s production dropped slightly to 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) in 32 games for a last-place Frontenacs club.
The Hockey Prospect Black Book says that Miedema has a great shot that can be deceptive, he has good vision in the offensive zone, he uses his size to his advantage along the boards, protects the puck well and wins the puck battles, but his weakness is a lack of speed, an awkward upright skating stance and poor mechanics.
— Canadian Hockey League (@CHLHockey) March 23, 2023