Corey Tropp didn't give the Sabres much offense in his 14 games earlier this year (one goal, one assist) but he gave them plenty of grit. After a two-month battle with a concussion, he's found his offensive game in Rochester and is back in the NHL for the Sabres' game tonight against the Boston Bruins in First Niagara Center.
Brad Boyes will not play tonight due to an undisclosed injury and Tropp has been called up from Rochester, likely to join Matt Ellis and Zack Kassian on the fourth line (Cody McCormick is skating with the team but has not been cleared for contact).
Tropp has seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 22 games in Rochester, and had a two-goal game Wednesday against Hershey. He has three goals and six assists in seven February games (game-by-game stats here)
"He's come back and played really well," said coach Lindy Ruff. "He had a heckuva game down there the
other night in Rochester and gave us a lot of good hockey. He was a bright spot, his energy, he was on top of the puck, tough guy to play against. I really liked the way he played, high compete level."
Tropp, 22, suffered his concussion here Dec. 9 against Florida and admitted he wasn't feeling right on the ice in three January games at Rochester so he sat out another month.
"My goal coming back was taking it a game at a time and continuing to get better each night," Tropp said. "Just worry about getting back to competing hard and having that energy and enjoying being out there again. I've been pretty happy how I was playing down there and hopefully I can continue that up here."
A good night to come is a game against the Bruins, who should be plenty ready tonight after the 6-0 whitewash they absored here Feb. 8. Tropp said the hit against Florida was an eye-opener but he's ready to keep his physical game going.
"That's part of the game," Tropp said. "I definitely got my bell rung there but hopefully I'm the one giving those more than taking them here more often."
Click below to hear Tropp's meeting with reporters.