Monday, December 22, 2014

NHL Moves - Sabres: Pysyk and Schaller Called Up

The Buffalo Sabres recalled two AHL players on Sunday, in Mark Pysyk and Tim Schaller, as reported in The Buffalo News.  Pysyk, who was Buffalo's first round draft pick in 2010, had been manning the blue line in Rochester for Buffalo's AHL affiliate Americans this seasons, playing in 28 contests and notching 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists).  Pysyk is up in the NHL while some of his teammates are out with injuries.  Although he may be designated for assingment in the near future, he certainly has fans in the Sabres' organization.   As quoted in the Buffalo News:
“I’m a big Mark Pysyk fan,” coach Ted Nolan said before the game. “It’s just circumstances right now, and we’ll see what happens in the future. He’s a solid player, a solid kid. He’s biding his time and doing what needs to be done in order to be here permanently. This kid has potential to be one of the leaders of this organization for many years to come, so I’m glad he gets a chance tonight.”
Tim Schaller, who played his college hockey at Providence, scored a goal against the Boston Bruins in his return to the NHL upon his callup with Pysyk.  Schaller's stat line aslo included 3 hits and a blocked shot, making it a rather successful return to the Sabres, although the team dropped the contest to the Bruins.

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