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Buffalo Sabres Call Up Phil Varone

One Rochester Americans forward got a very happy call today. He found out he was on his way to the NHL for the very first time in his career. That Amerks player was centre Phil Varone who got the call from the Buffalo Sabres today.


This will be Phil Varone’s first stint with the Buffalo Sabres since joining the organization in 2011, after signing a 3 year entry level contract. The

23 years old forward was drafted in the 5th round, 147th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2009 draft, but was never signed to an ELC. As previously stated this will be Varone’s first ever NHL appearance aside from preseason with the Sabres and Sharks.



Phil Varone is the Rochester Americans leading scorer with 8 goals, 25 assists for 33 points in 38 games, and is also one of the assistant captains for the Amerks. Varone has been stuck in the minors and has never been able to get a shot in the NHL, but has never given up and continued to work hard, and now is one of the Amerks top centres. He is finally getting his shot with the big boys in the NHL after years of hard work.

By calling up Varone, the Buffalo Sabres will need to make some more roster moves today, and speculation is that Kevin Porter and Brayden McNabb will be sent back down to Rochester, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Congratulations to Phil Varone on his first ever call-up to the NHL, can’t wait to see what he looks like in blue and gold after watching him in the minors for the last two season’s.

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