Sabres' Botterill signing more players for the Amerks

July 01, 2017 - 2:33 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Buffalo has brought a former Leaf into the fold. Seth Griffith gets a one-year deal worth $650,000.

Griffith is only 5'9 and scored no goals and five assist for both Toronto and Florida last season. He played 24 games between the two teams. The 24-year-old added 38 games in the AHL netting 10 goals and 34 assists for 44 points.

Griffith was a 5th round pick by Boston in the 2012 Entry Draft. He has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 58 NHL games.

Buffalo also signed three more players that will likely land in Rochester. Kevin Porter and Kyle Criscuolo got two-year contracts.

Porter spent two years in the Sabres organization. He scored four goals and six assists for 10 points in 43 games with Buffalo. He added 34 goals and 46 assists for 80 points in 98 games for Rochester.

Porter spent the last three seasons with Jason Botterill in Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He got 43 games in with the Penguins with no goals and three assists.

Porter was originally a 4th round pick in 2004 by the Coyotes.

Forward Kyle Criscuolo spent one season in Grand Rapids after playing four years at Harvard. He was teammates with Jimmy Vesey and Sean Malone. In 80 games with the Griffins, Criscuolo scored 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points. He added another nine points in 19 playoff games.

Goaltender Adam Wilcox played his college hockey at Minnesota after being taken in the 6th round of the 2011 Entry Draft by Tampa Bay.

Wilcox has never played a NHL game in his two-plus pro seasons. Last year the 24-year-old played 47 games in Springfield and Syracuse going 25-13-7. He posted a 2.63 goals against and .906 save percentage. Overall he's played 76 AHL games going 34-27-15 with a 2.90 goals against and .900 save percentage.

I'm thinking Botterill may have signed Wilcox to backup Linus Ullmark in Rochester. That would allow Jonas Johansson a chance to be the starter in Cincinnati. 

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