Tracking the 2019-2020 Amerks Roster

It’s time to start tracking new, returning, and departing players for the 2019/2020 season. The organization has a lot of work ahead with a total of 22 unrestricted free agents going into the off season. The roster could look similar to last season or it could be a large turnover.

The Amerks have a few big needs this off season to attempt to be playoff contenders again – a number one center, a scoring winger to replace Olofsson and possibly CJ Smith, and a veteran goalie. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen isn’t expected to be fully recovered until November [ see Luukkonen Undergoes Successful Hip Surgery ] which leaves the number one spot wide open to get the season off to a great start.

I’ve broken this up into four different sections. Updates with dates as a player is signed or signs elsewhere, current 2019/2020 roster by position, new players coming into the organization, and the status of everyone that played at least one game during the 2018/2019 season. This post will be updated throughout the summer until the start of the season with all updates noted by date.

Key off season dates for the 2019/2020 season via CapFriendly:

Unrestricted free agents: Eric Cornel, Jack Dougherty, Pascal Aquin, Vasily Glotov, Brycen Martin, Kyle Criscuolo, Danny O’Regan, Wayne Simpson, Yannick Veilleux, Dalton Smith, Tyler Randell, Judd Peterson, Myles Powell, Alex Wideman, Nathan Paetsch, Matt Tennyson, Eric Knodel, Arvin Atwal, Anthony Florentino, Scott Wedgewood, Adam Wilcox, Michael Houser.

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Recent Updates:

6/13 – Amerks signed Kevin Porter to a 1yr AHL deal [ Details ]
6/19 – Amerks re-signed Andrew MacWilliam to a 1yr AHL deal [ Details ]
6/25 – Amerks signed Sean Malone to a 1yr AHL deal [ Details ]
6/25 – CJ Smith and Remi Elie received qualifying offer from the Sabres [ Details ]
6/25 – Eric Cornel, Jack Dougherty, Pascal Aquin, Vasily Glotov, and Brycen Martin did not get qualifying offers [ Details ]
6/28 – Amerks signed Taylor Leier to a 1yr AHL deal [ Details ]
7/1 – Amerks re-signed Dalton Smith to a 1yr AHL deal [ Details ]
7/1 – Sabres signed forward Curtis Lazar to a 1yr one-way deal [ Details ]
7/1 – Sabres signed defenseman John Gilmour to a 1yr one-way deal [ Details ]
7/1 – Sabres signed goalie Andrew Hammond to a 1yr one-way deal [ Details ]
7/1 – Sabres signed Jean-Sebastien Dea to a 2yr one-way deal [ Details ]
7/5 – Amerks re-signed Eric Cornel, Nathan Paetsch, Tyler Randell to 1yr AHL deals [ Details ]
7/5 – Amerks signed Jarrett Burton to a 1yr AHL deal [ Details ]

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Signed for 2019/2020

Forwards

  • Kevin Porter (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • Rasmus Asplund (RFA in 2021/2022)
  • Andrew Oglevie (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Tage Thompson (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Alex Nylander (RFA in 2021/2022)
  • Victor Olofsson (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Sean Malone (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • CJ Smith (RFA in 2021/2022 – will have to clear waivers)
  • Remi Elie (Elected for arbitration – will have to clear waivers)
  • Taylor Leier (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • Curtis Lazar (UFA in 2020/2021)
  • Jean-Sebastian Dea (UFA in 2021/2022)
  • Dalton Smith (AHL through 2020/2021)
  • Jarrett Burton (AHL through 2020/2021)
  • Eric Cornel (AHL through 2020/2021)
  • Tyler Randell (AHL through 2020/2021)
  • Matej Pekar (RFA in 2021/2022) (expected to go back to juniors)

Defensemen

  • Zach Redmond (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • John Gilmour (UFA in 2020/2021)
  • Andrew MacWilliam (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • Nathan Paetsch (AHL through 2020/2021)
  • Lawrence Pilut (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Brandon Hickey (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Devante Stephens (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Will Borgen (RFA in 2021/2022)
  • Casey Fitzgerald (RFA in 2021/2022)
  • Jacob Bryson (RFA in 2022/2023)
  • Kurt Gosselin (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • Justin Baudry (AHL through 2019/2020)
  • Tobie Bisson (AHL through 2019/2020)

Goalies

  • Andrew Hammond (UFA in 2020/2021)
  • Jonas Johansson (RFA in 2020/2021)
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (RFA in 2021/2022)

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New Players for 2019/2020

This is a list of players that have been added and could play for the Rochester Americans during the 2019/2020 season that haven’t played here before.

Forwards:

  • Arttu Ruotsalainen – Signed w/ the Sabres but if he doesn’t make the NHL lineup will return to Finland [ More details ]
  • Curtis Lazar
  • Jean-Sebastian Dea
  • Jarrett Burton

Defenseman:

  • John Gilmour
  • Jacob Bryson – Joined the Amerks for practices at the end of the 2018/2019 season but did not play in any games.
  • Justin Baudry – Played 4yrs at Bemidji State University [ Details ]

Goalie:

  • Andrew Hammond

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Status of the 2018/2019 Roster

Below is a list of everyone who played at least one game for the Rochester Americans in the 2018/2019 season and their current contract status along with team they’ve signed with for the 2019/2020 season. Order of names is just a copy and paste from HockeyDB. This does not contain any new players that are coming into the Sabres organization and expected to play in Rochester.

POS 18/19 GP 19/20 Status
Eric Cornel R 76 AHL deal through 19/20
Rasmus Asplund C 75 RFA in 2021/2022
Wayne Simpson R 72 Overseas to Germany
Will Borgen D 71 RFA in 2021/2022
Danny O’Regan C 70 Signed with NY Rangers (Hartford)
Andrew MacWilliam D 66 AHL deal through 19/20
Victor Olofsson L 66 RFA in 2020/2021
C.J. Smith L 62 Signed 2yr NHL deal through 2020/2021
Kevin Porter C 58 AHL deal through 19/20
Zach Redmond D 58 AHL deal through 19/20
Jack Dougherty D 56 Wasn’t qualified – becomes UFA
Yannick Veilleux L 50 UFA
Brendan Guhle D 50 RFA in 2020/2021 w/ Anaheim Ducks
Alexander Nylander R 49 RFA in 2021/2022
Scott Wedgewood G 48 Signed with Tampa Bay (Syracuse)
Dalton Smith L 48 AHL deal through 19/20
Matt Tennyson D 47 Signed with New Jersey (Binghamton)
Kyle Criscuolo C 43 Signed with Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley)
Brandon Hickey D 38 RFA in 2020/2021
Sean Malone C 38 AHL through 2019/2020
Justin Bailey R 37 Signed with Vancouver (Utica)
Tyler Randell R 36 AHL deal through 19/20
Taylor Leier L 35 AHL through 2019/2020
Lawrence Pilut D 30 RFA in 2020/2021
Adam Wilcox G 28 UFA
Andrew Oglevie C 28 RFA in 2020/2021
Remi Elie L 25 Received qualifying offer – will have to clear waivers
Scott Wilson L 17 UFA
Nathan Paetsch D 11 AHL deal through 19/20
Taylor Fedun D 9 Re-Signed with Dallas
Kurt Gosselin D 8 AHL through 2019/2020
Tage Thompson R 8 RFA in 2020/2021
Myles Powell F 7 UFA
Jonas Johansson G 5 RFA in 2020/2021
Casey Nelson D 5 UFA in 2020/2021
Judd Peterson R 5 UFA
Casey Fitzgerald D 4 RFA in 2021/2022
Arvin Atwal D 3 UFA
Vasili Glotov C 2 RFA
Matt Hunwick D 2 UFA in 2020/2021
Devante Stephens D 1 RFA in 2020/2021
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen G 1 RFA in 2021/2022
Tobie Paquette-Bisson D 1 AHL through 2019/2020
Pascal Aquin L 1 RFA

Eric Knodel didn’t play in any Amerks games this past season, was in Cincinnati the whole time, signed with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.