The Sabres have signed Center Kevin Porter according to reports. Porter’s agent told reporters he had been signed, but it has not yet been confirmed by the Team.
Porter was originally drafted in the 4th round by the Phoenix Coyotes after a successful career at the University at Michigan. In 2008 he won the Hobey Baker as the NCAA’s top player with the Wolverines. He played in parts of two seasons as a call-up for the Coyotes. After being picked up by the Colorado Avalanche he has played in parts of three seasons. His best year was in 2010-2011 when he scored 14 goals and 11 assists. Last season his stats took a hit for the worse, as he scored only 4 goals and 3 assists in 35 games.
Porter most likely will start the season down in Rochester with the Americans. Ron Rolston, according to Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, said that Porter would have to have an incredible camp to start off in Buffalo.
At 6’0” 190 lbs. he has some size as well, something that the Sabres have been targeting this offseason. He was suspended back in 2011 for a hit on Peter Mueller. Porter is the Sabres second NHL caliber free agent signing, with the other being John Scott.