Jason Botterill built a perennial winner in the AHL at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Botterill and new assistant GM Randy Sexton want to do likewise for the Buffalo Sabres in Rochester and have added a trio of forwards to augment Buffalo's depth and lead the way for the Amerks.
AHL scoring star Seth Griffith, who has had a couple big years with the Providence Bruins, has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Sabres. Meanwhile, former Sabres center Kevin Porter has returned to Buffalo from a stint at Wilkes-Barre and center Kyle Criscuolo has signed after winning a Calder Cup last month with Grand Rapids. Porter and Criscuolo each got two-year, two-way deals.
Griffiths, who has played center and right wing in his career, split time last year between the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He had five assists in 24 NHL games last season between Florida and Toronto. Griffith added 10 goals and 34 assists in 38 games for the Toronto Marlies, and added nine points (2-7) in 11 playoff games. (Full career stats here)
Griffith's best season came at Providence in 2015-16, when he finished second in the AHL in scoring with 77 points and led the league with 53 assists to go with his 24 goals. He had 20 goals and 50 points for the P-Bruins in 2013-14.
Griffith was a fifth-round draft choice by the Boston Bruins in 2012 and has played 58 career NHL games between Boston, Toronto and Florida.
Porter had 11 goals and a team-leading 35 assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. The 31-year-old has 250 points in 357 career AHL games, and 58 points in 249 NHL games with Phoenix, Colorado, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. He had four goals and six assists in 43 games with the Sabres from 2012-14. (Full career stats here).
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Criscuolo, who played four years at Harvard and is a former Crimson captain, had 17 goals and 24 assists in 76 games for Grand Rapids. He then added five goals in four assists in 19 playoff games. The Griffins won the Calder Cup with a six-game victory over Syracuse in the finals.