The Buffalo Sabres have been rumored to be in talks with the Winnipeg Jets when it came to a trade, but fans were thinking more Evander Kane than what just dropped. The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas from the Jets franchise.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas was drafted by a team that no longer even exists – the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Of course the Thrashers still exist in the form of the Jets.
It doesn’t cost much of anything for the Buffalo Sabres as they only have to part with a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas joins the Buffalo Sabres as a deep prospect; having played NCAA hockey since being drafted. He has fifty goals and fifty-four assists in 138 games in the NCAA.
Samuels-Thomas is a power forward and has the size and skill that the Buffalo Sabres are looking for in their prospect pool as Tim Murray continues to reshape the franchise from top to bottom.
While there is the possibility of seeing Sameuls-Thomas in blue and gold, likely at development camp next week, he will likely join the organization with the Rochester Americans to add some size to the farm.
Samuels-Thomas career season came in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks, scoring 32 goals in 59 games.
Buffalo doesn’t hold his rights for long – and while Jordan Samuels-Thomas may not make it to the NHL – the Winnipeg Jets only held his rights until August 15th – at which time he would become a free agent. Buffalo will have the same time period to sign him to a contract – which is no doubt why the conditional pick was traded.
If the Sabres don’t sign Samuels-Thomas – they likely won’t have to send the seventh round pick in the draft to Winnipeg. Either way its a seventh round pick – so no love or loss taken there.
Check out a nice goal by Jordan (wearing number 19).