Ahead of a 3 game west coast road trip, the Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Curtis Lazar up to Buffalo.
During the offseason the Buffalo Sabres signed free agent forward Curtis Lazar to a one year, $700,000 contract. Lazar was a low risk, low reward signing that provided the Sabres with depth at forward if they needed it.
Lazar was originally drafted in the first round by the Ottawa Senators. In 3 years with Ottawa, Lazar played in 176 games and only had 20 points with a plus minus of -10. These stats were extremely disappointing for a prospect that Ottawa believed was going to be a large part of their future.
In 2017 after scoring 1 point in 33 games, Lazar was demoted to the AHL before being dealt to the Calgary Flames in a multi player deal. In Calgary Lazar didn’t find much more success. In 70 games he had 15 points and a plus minus of -7.
For Lazar this opportunity with Buffalo is more likely than not his last good opportunity. Lazar will be very motivated when he is on the ice, knowing that even if he can’t stick with Buffalo, he will want to have a good showing for the other teams in the league.
However, I don’t expect to see him play much, if at all. I believe he was only brought up to be an extra reserve for the team on a long road trip. But, if Lazar does get the chance to play, it will likely be with the third line in place of Evan Rodrigues.
Another factor in calling up Lazar is there may be an injury we do not know about yet. Stay tuned to Sabre Noise in the coming days as we will follow this situation. If nothing else, we hope Lazar can play well and show to us why he was a former first rounder.