The past two seasons have found the Rochester Americans swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the Toronto Marlies in a three game series. To find the last time the Buffalo Sabres top affiliate won a playoff series, you would have to look all the way back to the 2004-2005 season, when they beat Hamilton in the first round before succumbing to the Manitoba Moose in the second round.
Rochester has missed the playoffs four of the last eight years – with first round exits in their four appearances.
Slightly worse than the Buffalo Sabres missing the playoffs six out of the last eight years, with first round exits in their two appearances.
No end is in sight for the playoffs woes of the Rochester Americans either. With a youth mode in full force in Buffalo – Rochester ranks will most likely be depleted quickly – as players performing well on the farm will most likely be called upon to fill the void as injuries will certainly creep up on the Buffalo Sabres.
In the last two seasons, Rochester has had to step up and fill the void in 579 man games lost due to injury (324 in 2011-2012 and 255 in 2012-2013).
How will the farm respond during our years of suffering and rebuilding?