The first free agency signing for the Rochester Americans has quietly occurred with Rick Schofield being signed. Schofield scored eight goals and had nine assists as a center that played in 73 regular season games last season for the Syracuse Crunch. He played in four seasons for Lake Superior State University and was signed by the Anaheim Ducks as an undrafted free agent.
Jonathan Bombulie, covers the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, always puts together a list of the Top 250 AHL free agents and he had Schofield listed as #233. The list is not the ultimate ranking but everyone who covers the AHL considers it a good one.
Rick Schofield (@rjschofield) signs with Rochester after playing 2 seasons with Syracuse. Will bring veteran experience down the middle.
— Daniel Tolensky (@dtolensky) July 3, 2012
Amerks fans had hoped for the first player signed to be a bigger name but we’ll see what the kid is capable of. The current center’s on the roster are now Phil Varone, Luke Adam, Rick Schofield, Kevin Sundher and Brian Flynn. Luke Adam could play left wing as well, depends where the coaching staff feel he’ll be best at. Not a fearful list of centers for opponents at all, there’s still work to be done. This was a position that hurt the Amerks last season and everyone knew it and knows it’s a position that needs attention.
Alexandra who writes about the Syracuse Crunch on her site Chairman How’s Glorious Army wrote this:
@LetsGoAmerks Fantastic pick up, one I wanted TBL to seriously consider. Hardest worker from last year, Unsung Hero in my mind.
— Allovimo (@Allovimo) July 3, 2012
Schofield is likely a character player that the Sabres feel has some potential. A work in progress. Welcome to Rochester Rick, make sure to try a garbage plate when you arrive, everyone will be asking if you have!
You can follow Rick Schofield on Twitter @rjschofield
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