With Jack Quinn sidelined, the Buffalo Sabres needed to make at least one recall. They’ve made two, bringing up Riley Sheahan and Anders Bjork from the minor leagues. That doesn’t bode well for Kyle Okposo who was also listed as day-to-day with general soreness and missed the last game.
Sheahan, 30, has been playing regularly in the minor leagues for the first time in nearly a decade this season, registering three points in six games for the Rochester Americans. Other than the four games he spent in the AHL last year, he hadn’t played at that level since the 2013-14 season. A veteran of more than 600 NHL games, Sheahan is a nice depth piece to be able to insert into the fourth line and feel confident in.
Bjork, on the other hand, has just 211 NHL games under his belt but had much higher expectations when he arrived in Buffalo. Part of the return for Taylor Hall, he. has just 14 points in 73 games since being acquired by the Sabres. This year he’s seen game action in the AHL, where he has six points in 11 games. The 26-year-old made a solid impression in 2017-18 after an outstanding college career but has struggled to establish himself ever since.
The Sabres take on the Vancouver Canucks this evening, looking to finally end their five-game losing streak and start climbing back up the Atlantic Division standings.