On Saturday evening, the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators completed a seven-player deal, heavily shaking up both clubs AHL Teams. The Sabres acquired Alex Guptill, Cole Schneider, Eric O’Dell, and Michael Sdao in exchange for Jason Akeson, Phil Varone, and Jerome Leduc. A Sens will also receive a conditional pick as well.
The trade comes following an ugly loss, where the Rochester Americans fell to the Toronto Marlies by a score of 10-5.
In 54 games with the Binghamton Senators this season, Cole Schneider has scored 17 goals and added 42 points. The Williamsville, New York native was undrafted by the Ottawa Senators after spending two seasons with the University of Connecticut. Schneider has solid size at 6’1” and 199 lbs, and could appear in some games for the Sabres as the season winds down.
The most intriguing player involved was forward Eric O’Dell. Drafted 39th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, O’Dell has appeared in 41 games in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, scoring three goals in eight points. He is having himself a solid season in the AHL, scoring 18 goals and 37 points in 50 games this season. Wxpect O’Dell to suit up with the Sabres in the coming weeks.
The final two players the Sabres acquired were forward Alexander Guptill (drafted 77th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft), and defenseman Michael Sdao (drafted 191st overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft). Both players will look to make an impact for the remaining of the season with the Americans, and will add much needed depth to a struggling club.
This trade wasn’t a big trade that Sabres fans will get excited about; however, it was a trade that needed to happen. The Rochester Americans have been mightily struggling the past couple of seasons, and a shake up to the team’s core was needed. It is a very realistic possibility that both Cole Schneider and Eric O’Dell will make their Sabres debuts in the coming weeks, and prove to coaches and management that they are capable of playing in the NHL.