The wheel of AHL call-ups for the Buffalo Sabres just keeps spinning as they announced today the team has recalled defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen and forward Johan Larsson on emergency basis for their game in Nashville.
— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) March 27, 2014
News of the call-ups leaked last night when equipment bags with Ristolainen and Larsson’s names were found at the Predators arena after the team had arrived.
Ristolainen is coming back up to the Sabres after being sent down just days ago following a five game stint while Tyler Myers recovered from an elbow injury. Ristolainen didn’t record a point while he was recalled in those five games but played some solid defence, before being sent back down.
Larsson has played in 21 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season recording just one point. He’s had trouble finding
chemistry and looking like a top 6 impact forward this season, which is why he’s spent most of the year in the AHL. In 45 games with the Rochester Americans Larsson has racked up 39 points, which puts him in a tie for third in team scoring.
With the two latest call-ups the Rochester Americans who are battling for the playoffs will once again be left shorthanded. Both their goaltenders are with the Buffalo Sabres, their best defenceman and one of their top forwards. For the Amerks, the Sabres season can’t end soon enough.
Torrey Mitchell and Tyler Myers are questionable ahead of tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators while Zenon Konopka remains out with an injury. Depending on the status of Myers and Mitchell, Ristolainen and Larsson may get some ice time as the Sabres continue their quest to look like an AHL team.
Matt Hackett will get the start tonight and he may be joined by two more Amerks teammates, tune in tonight to watch the Sabres battle the Predators.