Zack Kassian got a goal and an assist against the team that traded him away less than a week ago, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Buffalo Sabres from earning a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Cody Hodgson, the other major player in the swap and the more established of the two youngsters offensively, was held off the scoresheet and is now pointless in three games with the Sabres.
Instead, Buffalo’s Ville Leino was the hero Saturday night. His two goals within the first 3:44 minutes of play set the tone for the remainder of the contest. Brad Boyes scored the Sabres’ third goal just 1:26 minutes later to chase out netminder Roberto Luongo. Former Canucks player Christian Ehrhoff netted the game-winning goal at 2:36 of the second period.
In addition to Kassian, Vancouver also got goals from another player that didn’t start the season with them: David Booth. The former Florida Panthers player found the back of the net twice to end his eight-game goalless streak.
This was a critical win for Buffalo, who are fighting to remain relevant in a heated battle for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. By contrast, Vancouver has all-but won the Northwest Division and is just fighting to secure the first overall seed in the West.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)