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:
Qualifying offers for restricted free agents are usually released by the Sabres just before the deadline on June 25th.
Restricted free agents: Sean Malone, Eric Cornel, Remi Elie, CJ Smith, Jack Dougherty, Pascal Aquin, Vasily Glotov, Brycen Martin.
* Remi Elie and CJ Smith will get qualifying offers but if they don’t make the Sabres roster they will have to clear waivers to be assigned to the Amerks.
Unrestricted free agents: Kyle Criscuolo, Danny O’Regan, Taylor Leier, Wayne Simpson, Yannick Veilleux, Dalton Smith, Tyler Randell, Judd Peterson, Myles Powell, Alex Wideman, , Defensemen, Nathan Paetsch, Andrew MacWilliam, Matt Tennyson, Eric Knodel, Arvin Atwal, Anthony Florentino, Scott Wedgewood, Adam Wilcox, Michael Houser
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 – Remi Elie received qualifying offer from the Sabres [ Details ]
Signed for 2019/2020
- Kevin Porter (AHL through 2019/2020)
- Rasmus Asplund (RFA in 2021/2022)
- Matej Pekar (RFA in 2021/2022) (expected to go back to juniors)
- 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)
- Zach Redmond (AHL through 2019/2020)
- Andrew MacWilliam (AHL through 2019/2020)
- 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)
- Jonas Johansson (RFA in 2020/2021)
- Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (RFA in 2021/2022)
As you can see, with the very few RFA’s (and waivers for Elie and Smith), there’s a lot of work to be done for the Amerks roster at forward.
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.
- Arttu Ruotsalainen – Signed w/ the Sabres but if he doesn’t make the NHL lineup could return to Finland [ More details ]
- 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 ]
- None signed yet.
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||Wasn’t qualified – becomes UFA|
|Rasmus Asplund||C||75||RFA in 2021/2022|
|Will Borgen||D||71||RFA in 2021/2022|
|Andrew MacWilliam||D||66||AHL deal through 19/20|
|Victor Olofsson||L||66||RFA in 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|
|Brendan Guhle||D||50||RFA in 2020/2021 w/ Anaheim Ducks|
|Alexander Nylander||R||49||RFA in 2021/2022|
|Brandon Hickey||D||38||RFA in 2020/2021|
|Sean Malone||C||38||AHL through 2019/2020|
|Justin Bailey||R||37||RFA w/ Philadelphia Flyers|
|Lawrence Pilut||D||30||RFA in 2020/2021|
|Andrew Oglevie||C||28||RFA in 2020/2021|
|Kurt Gosselin||D||8||AHL through 2019/2020|
|Tage Thompson||R||8||RFA in 2020/2021|
|Jonas Johansson||G||5||RFA in 2020/2021|
|Casey Nelson||D||5||UFA in 2020/2021|
|Casey Fitzgerald||D||4||RFA in 2021/2022|
|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|