DETROIT -- After 199 games with the Rochester Amerks, Brady Austin will get his chance to make his NHL debut for the Buffalo Sabres.
As speculated Sunday, the Sabres officially called up the 23-year-old defenseman Monday morning to fill in on their injury ravaged defense corps. He's expected to make his NHL debut Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings. It's a first for Austin and a last for the Sabres, who will be playing their final game in Joe Louis Arena.
With four defenseman hurt, Buffalo needed two callups and Austin will be joined by fellow Amerks blueliner Casey Nelson
The 6-foot-4 Austin has two goals and seven assists for the Amerks this year in 61 games. The Sabres took him in the seventh round, 193rd overall, in 2012 out of Belleville of the OHL. He has played full-time for the Amerks since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Austin will become the 12th defenseman to appear for the Sabres this season. Last year, they only needed one recall on the blueline and that was a one-game stint for Chad Ruhwedel. It's been quite a bit different this year, with Austin joining Nelson, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun and Erik Burgdoerfer in getting the call from Rochester while Brendan Guhle also got an emergency recall from junior.