The Rochester Americans roster continues to develop, as the AHL team signed three more players last week. All three spent time in Rochester last season. Nick Petrecki, Matt Mackenzie and Brayden Irwin will all return to the Rochester Americans for the 2014-15 season, signed to AHL contracts by the club.
The Rochester Americans announced the signing of Petrecki to a one-year AHL deal on August 19.
The 25-year-old Schenectady native was acquired by the Rochester Americans in March, on loan from the Worcester Sharks. He came to Rochester after captain Drew Bagnall underwent season-ending shoulder surgery and spent the remainder of the season with the Amerks before being released from his PTO at the end of the season.
Petrecki was originally a 2007 first-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks. He played two seasons of college hockey with Boston College from 2007 until 2009. The defenseman then spent four and a half seasons in Worcester. He also played his first NHL game in the 2012-13 season. Upon coming to Rochester, Petrecki had one assist and 28 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games. He also appeared in five playoff games with the Rochester Americans.
The Rochester Americans also announced the signings of Irwin and Mackenzie on August 21. Both were signed to one-year AHL contracts.
Brayden Irwin, 27, came to the Amerks in January, signed to a PTO by the AHL club.
He had previously spent time during the 2013-14 season in the ECHL with Stockton and Greenville, but also appeared in five games with the AHL’s Utica Comets. He played 45 games with the Rochester Americans last season and had seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in that time. He also had three goals and 10 penalty minutes in five playoff games with the Amerks.
Prior to last season, Irwin spent time with the Toronto Marlies and Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and also played in the ECHL for Reading and Florida. He played two NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10 and also played four years of college hockey at the University of Vermont.
Matt Mackenzie, 22, was drafted by the Sabres in 2010. He’s played parts of the last three seasons in Rochester, including 64 regular season games in the 2013-14 season. The defenseman had 10 points, 84 penalty minutes and was a plus-11. He also appeared in one playoff game.
The previous two seasons saw him split between the AHL and ECHL (Gwinnett). Prior to this, he played for the Calgary Hitmen and Tri-City Americans of the WHL. The New Westminster, BC native returns to the Rochester Americans after his entry-level contract with the Sabres expired this summer. Buffalo didn’t tender him an offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, and the Amerks picked him up on an AHL contract.