Tim Schaller’s Journey With Buffalo Sabres Continues


Tim Schaller is coming to the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres…. again.

For the second time in four days, the Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Tim Schaller from the AHL’s Rochester Americans.

The call-up marks the seventh time that Tim Schaller has been called up to the Sabres this season.

The 24-year-old, who had never played a game in the NHL prior to this season, has now suited up in 14 NHL games, notching a goal and an assist in that stretch. In the AHL, Schaller’s also been a big contributor, scoring 40 points (15-25) in 58 games. On a Rochester Americans team that has struggled to have a consistent lineup this season, Schaller has been a solid part of the core.

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Here’s been the up and down of Schaller’s season. He started the season in the AHL with a solid center spot in the AHL and earned his first NHL call-up in late November. Schaller made his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens before being sent back to the AHL…. only to be recalled again three days later.

Another day in the NHL, and another game — this time against the Tampa Bay Lightning — and then it was back to the AHL for 19 days.

The next recall came on December 21. Schaller played two games with the Sabres and returned to the Amerks on Christmas Eve. He’d stay with Rochester until January 4, play two more NHL games and get sent back on January 9.

It was then that Tim Schaller found a little bit of consistency in the AHL, where’d he stay from January 9 until March 2. Schaller joined the Sabres and stayed in the NHL for a stretch of six games, before once again getting sent to the AHL on March 20.

Up…. and down….. and up…. and down….

Once again, Schaller was recalled on March 23. He played against the Stars, was returned to the NHL on March 25, and was once again recalled today, March 27.

A lot of this, at least the recent action, has been due to injuries and the Sabres’ lack of non-emergency call-ups remaining. There’s little doubt that Schaller has earned his chance to play in the NHL on this Sabres team, and he’ll once again get a chance — this time due to an injury suffered by Tyler Ennis during Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

The former Providence College forward joined the Amerks last season for his first pro season after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres in April 2013. It seems likely that the Sabres will re-sign Tim Schaller at the end of this season, and while he may start next season in the AHL, Schaller could be one of those guys you call up when a slot opens.

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