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Ruhwedel, Porter join Sabres; Pysyk, McNabb, Adam headed back to Rochester

By John Vogl

Ted Nolan has taken a look at his defensemen lately, rotating players in and out to get a feel for who belongs where.

It appears Mark Pysyk and Brayden McNabb belong in Rochester for now.

Pysyk, McNabb and forward Luke Adam will all return to the Amerks, the team announced this morning.

Pysyk is averaging 19:55 of ice time during his rookie year, much of which was spent on the No. 1 pair with Christian Ehrhoff. But Pysyk's role has diminshed under Nolan.

"You could tell he was a special kid, but still he’s just a kid," Nolan said on his radio show on WGR. "We’ve got to really look at his development and how we’re going to move forward here."

Adam had one goal and no assists in nine games with the Sabres after 13 goals and 18 points in 15 games with Rochester. McNabb has an even rating in five appearances with the Sabres.

To take their places, the Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Porter has no points and a minus-6 rating in nine games with the Sabres this season. He had six goals and 10 points in 13 games with the Amerks

Ruhwedel, who joined the Sabres at the end of last year as a college free agent, has four goals, 10 assists and a plus-2 rating in 26 games with Rochester.


Brayden McNabb | Luke Adam | Mark Pysyk
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