BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 8, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned eight players to the Rochester Americans (AHL): Forwards Nicholas Baptiste, Alexander Nylander and Kevin Porter; defensemen Brendan Guhle, Casey Nelson and Matt Tennyson; goaltenders Linus Ullmark and Adam Wilcox.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 3, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forwards Alexander Nylander and Kevin Porter from the Rochester Americans (AHL).
Both Nylander (6’1”, 192 lbs., 3/2/1998) and Porter (6’0”, 190 lbs., 3/12/1986) are joining the Sabres for the first time this season.
Buffalo’s first-round pick (8th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Nylander recorded one assist in four games for the Sabres after making his NHL debut last season. Currently in his second pro season, the Calgary, Alberta native has 54 points (17+37) in 113 career games for the Amerks, including eight points (2+6) in his last eight contests.
Signed by Buffalo on July 1, Porter currently ranks third among Rochester skaters with 40 points (16+24) in 64 games this season. The Detroit, Michigan native has totaled 58 points (29+29) in 249 career NHL games and added 290 points (111+179) in 421 career AHL games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 23, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards Eric Cornel, Vaclav Karabacek, Stevie Moses and Kevin Porter, defensemen Brycen Martin, Casey Nelson and Devante Stephens, and goaltenders Jason Kasdorf, Jonas Johansson and Adam Wilcox, to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
**An updated training camp roster can be found here.**
The Sabres now have 36 players (21 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders) on their training camp roster.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forwards Kevin Porter and Kyle Criscuolo each to two-year, two-way contracts.
Porter (5’11”, 191 lbs., 3/12/1986) led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 35 assists in the 2016-17 AHL regular season and tied for third on the team with 46 points. His six points (0+6) in five AHL playoff games also tied for the Penguins’ team lead. The Detroit native has tallied 250 total points (95+155) in 357 games through seven AHL seasons.
In 249 career NHL games, Porter has totaled 58 points (29+29), including 10 points (4+6) in 43 games with the Sabres from 2012-13 to 2013-14. In those seasons, he added 80 points (34+46) in 98 games with the Rochester Americans.
Criscuolo (5’9”, 175 lbs., 5/5/1992) joins the Sabres after winning a Calder Cup with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) during his first full professional season in 2016-17. The Philadelphia native recorded 41 points (17+24) in 76 regular-season games as a rookie with the Griffins, adding nine points (5+4) in 19 playoff contests.
Before joining the Griffins, Criscuolo totaled 113 points (53+60) in 124 games during four NCAA seasons for Harvard University (ECAC), earning both ECAC Second All-Star Team and ECAC Hockey Student Athlete of the Year honors after his junior season.
McNabb, Porter assigned to Rochester
BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 22, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward Phil Varone from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced it has assigned defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Kevin Porter to Rochester.
Varone (12/4/90, 5’10”, 185 lbs) joins the Sabres for his first career call-up after joining the Americans on a one-year AHL contract prior to the 2011-12 season and then subsequently signing a three-year, entry-level NHL contract in March 2012. Since his breakout season in 2011-12, in which he led the Amerks in scoring with 52 points (11+41) through 76 regular-season games, Varone has recorded 120 points (30+90) in 176 career AHL games played. Varone again leads the 2013-14 Amerks in scoring with 33 points (8+25) through 38 games.
Prior to joining the Amerks in 2011-12, Varone played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), with stints with the Kitchener Rangers, London Knights and Erie Otters. The Vaughn, Ontario native was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.