Buffalo Sabres prospect Tim Schaller is coming off his rookie season in the AHL. After a four-year college hockey stint with Providence College, the Merrimack, NH native spent all of last season getting his footing in the AHL, and he’ll be returning to the Rochester Americans for his sophomore season in the AHL when October rolls around.
The left winger was an undrafted free agent who signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Sabres in April 2013.
He was assigned to the Rochester Americans for the season and while he wasn’t the most offensively productive rookie on the team, hopefully he can get a better grip on the AHL level as time goes by.
Schaller had 18 points in 72 regular season games with the Rochester Americans this season. He had one shot and one assist in his AHL debut against the Utica Comets on October 11.
Schaller’s most productive month was April; in fact, nine of his 18 points on the season came in the month of April. That included a game against the Toronto Marlies on April 5 which saw Schaller score three goals.
Overall, Schaller finished the season with 93 shots on goal, second-most among Rochester Americans rookies. He was a minus-7 and had 36 penalty minutes. He averaged .25 points/game during the regular season.
The playoffs saw Schaller appear in five games with the Rochester Americans. He had one assist, two penalty minutes and 10 shots on goal in the Rochester Americans’ first-round series against the Chicago Wolves.
Prior to signing with the Buffalo Sabres and playing with the Rochester Americans, Tim Schaller spent four years at Providence College.
His senior year saw him put up 23 points and 61 penalty minutes – both career-highs.
Overall, his college career saw Schaller score 29 goals and add 39 assists for 68 points in 186 games. He also had 161 penalty minutes. Prior to his college hockey stint, Schaller played with the New England Jr. Huskies of the EJHL.
Although he plays left wing with the Amerks, Schaller played center for at least part of his college career.
When October rolls around, the left winger will return to the Rochester Americans for his second season with the AHL club. He’ll be in the second year of his entry-level contract ($925k) and will continue to adjust his game from the college level to the American Hockey League.