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SABRES LOCK UP KEA TO ELC

Tuesday, 04.1.2014 / 5:45 PM ET / News
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SABRES LOCK UP KEA TO ELC
After spending his last junior five games trying to contain Connor McDavid, 20-year-old Justin Kea has been rewarded with his first NHL deal. It was announced late Tuesday that the Sabres had signed Kea to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kea will report to Rochester where he\'ll finish the season with the Amerks on an ATO.
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After spending his last junior five games trying to contain Connor McDavid, 20-year-old Justin Kea has been rewarded with his first NHL deal. It was announced late Tuesday that the Sabres had signed Kea to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kea will report to Rochester where he'll finish the season with the Amerks on an ATO.

Kea (6'4", 210 lbs., 2/7/94) recently completed his fourth season with the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) by logging career-best totals in goals (22), assists (27), points (49) and plus-minus (+14) through 58 games played. He added four points (1+3) in the Spirit’s five-game playoff series against the Erie Otters.

The Woodville, Ontario native was selected by the Sabres in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In four OHL seasons with the Spirit, he appeared in 253 games and totaled 117 points (51+66).

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Ennis 78 20 26 -19 46
M. Moulson 77 13 28 -11 41
B. Gionta 69 13 22 -13 35
Z. Girgensons 61 15 15 -16 30
C. Stewart 61 11 14 -30 25
D. Stafford 50 9 15 -18 24
R. Ristolainen 78 8 12 -32 20
M. Foligno 57 8 12 -5 20
B. Flynn 54 5 12 -3 17
J. Larsson 39 6 10 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Enroth 13 21 2 .903 3.27
M. Neuvirth 6 17 3 .918 2.99