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FORMER AMERKS NOW IN BUFFALO

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 4:25 PM / Features
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FORMER AMERKS NOW IN BUFFALO
Several current Sabres began their professional hockey careers with the Rochester Americans, building the foundation of a successful future at The Blue Cross Arena.  Even Buffalo’s longtime Head Coach, Lindy Ruff, spent time donning the Red, White and Blue, though his time in Rochester came during the final years of his successful playing career.  While a new crop of players will now have the chance to begin their journeys to the NHL in Rochester, here’s a look at the current members of the Sabres who spent time with the Amerks:

Ryan Miller (2002-03 to 2005-06)
Miller
Games Played: 172
Record: 92-61-16
Goals Against Average: 2.34
Save Percentage: .922
Shutouts: 15
Won 2004-05 Aldege “Baz” Bastien Award as AHL’s top goalie
Named 2004-05 AHL First Team All-Star
Played in 2004 and 2005 AHL All-Star Classic
Named Amerks Rookie of the Year in 2002-03

Jason Pominville (2002-03 to 2005-06)
Pominville
Games Played: 235
Goals: 96
Assists: 96
Points: 192
Tied an Amerks franchise record by scoring five goals in one game (Oct. 21, 2005)
Named a starter in the 2004 AHL All-Star Classic (missed game due to injury)
Scored 19 goals in 18 games to start 2005-06 season before being recalled to Buffalo for good

Derek Roy (2003-04 to 2005-06)
Roy
Games Played: 101
Goals: 33
Assists: 74
Points: 107
Named to Canadian roster for 2004 AHL All-Star Classic
Averaged more than a point per game in his AHL career (reg. season and playoffs combined)
Scored 20 points in first eight games of 2005-06 season before being recalled to Buffalo for good

Thomas Vanek (2004-05)
Vanek
Games Played: 74
Goals: 42
Assists: 26
Points: 68
Named to the 2004-05 AHL All-Rookie Team
Tied the franchise record for goals by a rookie
Led AHL in power play goals (25) and ranked 2nd overall in goals (42) in his only AHL season

Paul Gaustad (2002-03 to 2004-05)
Gaustad
Games Played: 234
Goals: 41
Assists: 86
Points: 127
Named the Amerks’ Unsung Hero and Most Improved Player in 2002-03
Recorded 24 points in 28 career AHL Playoff games

Drew Stafford (2006-07)
Stafford
Games Played: 34
Goals:  22
Assists: 22
Points: 44
Played in the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic
Scored 44 points in just 34 games in his only NHL season, earning nine recalls to Buffalo during the season

Patrick Kaleta (2006-07 to 2007-08)
Kaleta
Games Played: 87
Goals: 6
Assists: 13
Points: 19
Racked up 242 penalty minutes in parts of just two AHL seasons
Earned multiple recalls to Buffalo during each of his two runs in Rochester

Andrej Sekera (2006-07 to 2007-08)
Sekera
Games Played: 94
Goals: 5
Assists: 31
Points: 36
Recorded 3-16-19 and a +14 rating in 54 games during his first season of professional hockey (2006-07)
Earned recalls to Buffalo during each of his two seasons in Rochester

Mike Weber (2007-08)
Weber
Games Played: 59
Goals: 1
Assists: 13
Points: 14
Combined with Andrej Sekera to form a top defensive pairing for the Amerks in 2007-08
Recalled to Buffalo on multiple occasions

Marc-Andre Gragnani (2007-08)
Gragnani
Games Played: 78
Goals: 14
Assists: 38
Points: 52
Ranked 2nd on the Amerks in scoring and 3rd among all AHL defenseman
Led the Amerks in assists

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82