Following Derek Whitmore and Marcus Foligno getting called up (more on that later), the Buffalo Sabres have 8 players on the roster that started the season with the Rochester Americans. Six – Zack Kassian, Whitmore, Foligno, Paul Szczechura, Matt Ellis, and Brayden McNabb – are active. Two – Corey Tropp and Colin Stuart – are injured. Things have officially gotten bat crap crazy in the infirmary.
I’ll leave it to tweeterer @thomkrauss to do my ruminating for me:
(Excuse the typo [9 instead of 8] – he was responding to my own faulty, temporary math)
After the jump, recall notes on Whitmore and Foligno getting the nod in time for another Sens tilt.
Derek Whitmore is the king of Rochester right now. A hometown boy, he’s wearing the immortal stars and stripes (esque) Amerks uniform he grew up cheering for. In 29 games, he’s already scored 13 goals and has 7 assists to accompany them. Four of his goals came in a single game, earning him the moniker “Mr. Amerk” from the War Memorial faithful. His 13 goals have him on pace to score 35 goals, eclipsing his personal best of 27 set last season in Portland. Derek is the Amerks’ first line and top power play unit threat and could slot in with the Sabres’ in the same role if Lindy Ruff feels so inclined.
The name Foligno needs no explaining to long-time Sabres fans. Many remember seeing Mike’s trademark leap after a goal and even more have heard the stories. His son, and Sabres prospect, Marcus brings a lot of his dad’s game to the table. He’s not the most skilled guy on the ice, but he’s up there and he brings grit to match. He played on a line with Luke Adam and Zack Kassian in the 2011 Traverse City prospects tournament and the trio utterly dominated team after team. He’ll probably slot in on the bottom six with Stuart as the body he’s likely taking over for.
One thing to note: the Amerks have been playing a ridiculous amount of three-in-threes (three games in three nights. The AHL is hardcore), including one this past weekend. This one took place in Texas, so travel and time zone changes likely wreaked havoc on the farm team upon their return. Whitmore and Foligno may not be the freshest fish in the market case tomorrow night.
Things are nutso at the foot of Washington Street right now (well, they’re in Kanata tomorrow. Whatever), and hopefully they can stem the tide of injuries. Rochester is running out of cannon fodder to feed the beast with and the Sabres run the risk of freefalling down the standings if they keep falling apart. Maybe another game against recent arch nemeses and current punching bags, the Senators, can help get them on the right track.
Read this job posting on Craigslist and don’t laugh. You can’t.