Scouting Report – 2/22/17 – Tim Kennedy

February 24, 2017 - By

Even though the Amerks put forth their best lineup of the year Wednesday night in Buffalo, fans were still left wanting more. The return of Bailey, Baptiste, and Rodrigues was tarnished by a lack of effort and an All Star game feel. Thankfully the backbone of the Amerks this year (Linus Ullmark) stood strong with 39 saves. Karabacek also played well extending his goal scoring streak.

Another player making a notable return was Buffalo native Tim Kennedy. Though effort was not an issue, Kennedy struggled to make an impact. With a man advantage, at even strength, and on the kill, [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 2/19/17 – Taylor Fedun

February 22, 2017 - By

The presence of Taylor Fedun kick started the Americans back to winning ways on Sunday night. The team is now 12-9 in the 21 games he has put on an Amerks sweater, and 9-21 without him. In addition to a great overall game, he registered an assist bringing him to 18 points on the year and 0.86 points per game. He trails only Cal O’Reilly and Cole Schneider (.93 and .94). I am going to rate his performance a B+.

Offensive production is without question the most important aspect of Fedun’s game. His ability to skate the puck has been [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 2/17/17 – Alexander Nylander

February 19, 2017 - By

The play of Nylander Friday was a microcosm of his time with the Amerks. Throughout the night he showed flashes of the first round talent he possesses. But, ultimately was defined by the glaring weaknesses in his game. I am going to rate his performance a C-. After comparing his style of play with Sweden to the effort he has put forth in Rochester, I am beginning to question his organizational fit.

There are two main differences between Nylander’s usage in Rochester and Sweden; his role on the power play, and on the rush. With a man advantage at the [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 2/10/17 – Patrick Mullen

February 12, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Friday night the Amerks suffered a debilitating 3-2 loss to the Devils. Their third period collapse is only the latest example of the team’s inability to put together 60 minutes of good hockey. Captain Cal was by far the best player of the night for Rochester. He was a team best 19 of 26 in the face-off circle and assisted on the second goal. The defensive pairing of Burgdoerfer and Mullen also played very well. Burgdoerfer is unquestionably the best defenseman on the roster, and it shows every time he steps out on the ice.

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Scouting Report – 2/9/17 – Justin Bailey

February 10, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Thursday night the Sabres were dominated by a much better Anaheim Ducks team. A late rally when the game was out of reach narrowly kept them from being doubled up in shots. They were unable to contain Corey Perry who finished with two goals and an assist in this one-sided affair. Strength vs. strength, the Sabres top line just wasn’t able to measure up. However, I was very impressed with what I saw from the Bailey-Reinhart-Gionta line. They enjoyed most of the possession when on the ice, and created some really good chances.

After watching [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 1/27/17 – Brady Austin

January 29, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

The Amerks continued to slide Friday night dropping their third straight game. During that stretch they have also managed only one goal per contest. It seems the absence of Captain Cal has had a profound impact on the scoring output of both Cole Schneider and Nick Baptiste. In what is becoming an all too familiar site, the one-man show of Justin Bailey was not enough. Even with the Ice Caps starting to slide, I fear the lack of organizational depth is an obstacle too big to overcome. In this troubling stretch one of the major bright [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 1/25/17 – Daniel Muzito-Bagenda

January 27, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

In a defensive struggle the Amerks eventually fell to the Marlies in the 7th round of a shootout. Once again the teams top line was held without a point as Fasching secured the only regulation goal. Even though he was electric with the puck, Justin Bailey failed to find the net for the second game in a row. The same excitement could not be found in the game for fellow prospect Nick Baptiste. The player I have been gushing about all season has almost completely disappeared and is showing no signs of improvement. If the Amerks [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 1/13/17 – Hudson Fasching

January 15, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Tonight the Amerks will feel shortchanged taking no points from their match up against the AHL’s best, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. They outscored the penguins 2-1 when at full strength, but surrendered two power play goals. Muse played a solid game; but if Linus Ullmark had not been opening doors in Buffalo, I think the Amerks get two points. Baptiste had another frustrating night featuring several turnovers and a terrible penalty where he chose to chop down his man instead of attempting to play defense. The funk he has entered immediately after Bailey got called up is [...]Read More

We don’t matter

January 13, 2017 - By
We don’t matter

Quick post.... If you thought losing coverage in your own local paper sucked, how do you feel about your owner not even acknowledging your existence? TP: We're involved in two professional major leagues. We've got 62 teams, two championships, and it's hard to win. We have a lacrosse team also. We're doing the best we [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 1/11/17 – Kyle Bonis

January 12, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr. Tonight’s game against the Hartford Wolf Pack was a huge letdown. From the first line to the fourth the Amerks played an unacceptable game. Captain Cal led the charge; he was dominated in the face-off circle and his body language was deplorable. A player slamming his stick and shrugging his shoulders [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 1/6/17 – Evan Rodrigues

January 8, 2017 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr. Rochester was able to secure a fourth win in their last five games at home against the Crunch. Cal O’Reilly scored the lone shootout goal and the Amerks were able to hang on by the skin of their teeth. With Bailey and Fedun missing from the lineup fringe players were able [...]Read More

Playoffs are a real possibility

January 6, 2017 - By
Playoffs are a real possibility

Happy New Year! I'd like to start 2017 off with some optimism. Because I didn't pay attention this summer... I just learned a couple of weeks ago there was no crossover rule for playoff seeding this season (where if the 5th place team in the other division in our conference has more points than the [...]Read More