Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that defenseman Joe Finley has been recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
Finley (6’8″, 260 lbs., 6/29/87) joins the Sabres on his second career recall after making his NHL debut in the team’s game on Friday, Dec. 2 vs. Detroit. He has appeared in two games for the Sabres this year.
The defenseman has two points (1+1) in 18 games played with the Americans and leads the team with 57 penalty minutes. He is playing in his third professional season after spending parts of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons with the Hershey Bears. In 26 career AHL games, Finley has three points (1+2) and 79 penalty minutes, posting a plus/minus rating of plus-16.
The Edina, Minn. native, who was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (27th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, signed a multi-year contract with the Sabres on Nov. 28.