With Zach Benson now week-to-week, the Buffalo Sabres recalled Brandon Biro, giving him a chance to stick with the big club as November kicks off.
Had it not been for Zach Benson, Brandon Biro would have likely made the Buffalo Sabres lineup outright. During the preseason, he showed immense toughness after he took a puck to the mouth, got stitched up, and continued making his case to stick, showing us how badly he wanted to be in a blue and gold uniform.
Biro was also productive with the Amerks, and once again, he’s been looking good, with two goals, four assists, and six points in just five games. His preseason performance and production early were likely catalysts of why he earned the recall instead of guys like Isak Rosen, Jiri Kulich, and Lukas Rousek.
While Rousek saw time with the big club late last season, Biro probably would have gotten the nod instead had it not been for injuries that affected his availability during the latter stages of the season. Therefore, given his overall consistency, it was the right decision to give him a chance, and since he’s not waivers-exempt, perhaps Biro sticks around the Sabres roster all season if he plays well enough.
Buffalo Sabres were right to recall Brandon Biro
As you can see, there is quite the difference once more in the Sabres lineup with Biro in town, as he’s getting reps on the first line with Tage Thompson and Jordan Greenway. If this sticks, then perhaps Biro will earn his first career NHL points with a lengthy playmaker and a potential playmaker in the making.
If the Buffalo Sabres send Zach Benson to the IIHF, and ultimately, the WHL once he’s good to go, then Biro could, depending on what the Blue and Gold also do with Matt Savoie, even play an integral role with the team when Jack Quinn returns. It will be interesting to watch Biro play this week, and see how he fares in his first taste of NHL action in over a year and a half.
(Statistics provided by theAHL.com)