PITTSBURGH – Jack Quinn’s remarkable start to the season in Rochester has not gone unnoticed by Buffalo Sabers coach Don Granato.
Granato told reporters after morning practice Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena that he and his team watched every Rochester Americans game to watch the prospects.
Still, it wasn’t Quinn or his compatriot Peyton Krebs who were called up by the Sabers when an additional forward was needed for their Pittsburgh game against the Penguins. Winger Brett Murray received the call again.
Murray, 23, is a talented forward who impressed during training camp and spent time with the Sabers on their trip to the West Coast this month. He has played three games in the NHL since his debut in May and could be close to a full-time job at Buffalo.
The Sabers probably didn’t want to drive Quinn, Krebs or JJ Peterka away from Rochester as the Amerks played a game on Wednesday night. A trip to Pittsburgh would also force a prospect to miss a workout in Rochester. Murray is quite advanced in his development where the time between games doesn’t have as much of an impact, and the Sabers are determined to wait for Quinn, Krebs, Peterka and others until it’s the right time and ready. for their arrival.
“When we’re not playing, we kick these games,” Granato said of the Amerks. “I have them on the computer, so I also watch them after the fact. We’re obviously excited about the number of guys out there and we’re communicating. Just as Kevyn has communicated a number of times, we’re here for the big picture of. developing guy and we’re in no rush. We’re gonna do it the right way, and we’re even thinking about it with calls now. We called Brett because we figured out where he was, it made more sense than d ‘raising a young player. “