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Jordan Samuels-Thomas Signs Entry Level Contract

The Buffalo Sabres had a signing party on Saturday, starting with the announcement that they had signed Jordan Samuels-Thomas to an entry level contract.

Originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2009 NHL Entry draft (203rd overall – in the seventh round).  Jordan Samuels-Thomas will never have the ability to play for the team that drafted him, as the franchise moved to Winnipeg as the Jets returned to the NHL.

Jordan Samuels-Thoms played in the NCAA ranks, starting with Bowling Green State University.  Bowling Green wasn’t hockey enough for him, so he transferred to Quinnipiac University where he became a standout player.  

With days remaining on the Winnipeg Jets having the rights to to Samuels-Thoms – it didn’t appear that they were going to be able to sign the collegiate prospect.  With no harm in trying – the Buffalo Sabres sent a conditional draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for the rights of Jordan Samuels-Thomas back on July 9th.

Just three days later, the Buffalo Sabres will now send their seventh round pick in the 2015 draft to the Winnipeg Jets, as they have come to terms with Jordan Samuels-Thomas on an entry level contract.

JST finished his collegiate career with 104 points on the strength of 50 goals and 54 assists in 148 career games, including 30 goals and 28 assists in 77 games at Quinnipiac.

At 24 years old, the South Windsor, Connecticut native doesn’t fall under the problem of the NHL/CHL agreement and the age restrictions on the American Hockey League, so it is likely that JST will start the season with the Rochester Americans in lieu of having a full time roster spot with the Buffalo Sabres.

JST will be a key depth asset for the Buffalo Sabres and the Rochester Americans as Tim Murray continues to try and build a championship culture at all levels of competition for the Buffalo Sabres

Welcome to the team Jordan Samuels-Thomas to the Buffalo Sabres.

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