It's a little bit of an unusual situation for Steve Moses.
At age 28, he's a veteran of five seasons as a professional hockey player. He's played 105 games in the KHL in Russia and 97 games in the Finnish league Liiga. Heck, Moses led the KHL in scoring in the 2014-15 season with 36 goals and 21 points in 60 games.
But in many ways, he's just like the rookies and young prospects on the roster of the Rochester Americans. He has yet to experience a full season of North American pro hockey. Yet to endure the grinding three-games-in-three-days road trips.
"I am slightly more experienced than a lot of players with the games I've played as a pro," Moses said. "But I really haven't come close to having a full season over here yet. I have a lot to learn about the day-to-day lifestyle, how to take care of my body over the course of a longer season. I can learn from some of these guys, however I think I can help the young guys because I'm looking at the game a little differently."
The Steve Moses story goes like this: Four-year player for the University of New Hampshire who went to play in Finland. After leading the KHL in scoring, he signed a one-way deal with the Nashville Predators for the 2015-16 season. But training camp didn't go as planned and he was assigned to Nashville's AHL team in Milwaukee. After two goals in 16 games he decided to jet back to the KHL and play for St. Petersburg.
He spent last season again with St. Petersburg. Then Moses decided it was time to give North American hockey a try. This time, without the ego. This time, without money as the deciding factor.
"I've said this before in interviews that in my career I made a lot of decisions early on about money," Moses said. "When I first signed with Nashville, I expected immediate success. It didn't work out and I went out the door, by my own choice. Now, I'm ready to be patient and I think I'm off to a good start. I've got a lot of work to do."
The good start came in the first game with the Amerks when he scored on the power play in the team's 3-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch in Blue Cross Arena.
It's what Moses expects of himself and what he feels he can contribute to the team. He's a goal scorer. That's his game. There will be some adjustment as he moves into the AHL and a North American style of hockey that relies more on the forecheck than the European game, which features more cross-ice and drop passes to create offense.
But just as the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans are looking for a fresh start, so too is Moses. That fresh start mentality is what attracted him to sign with the organization over the summer.
"It's intriguing as player," Moses said. "They're trying to make some cultural changes and I felt like this was a place where I could go and play well and earn an NHL chance at some point."
Rochester Americans: The Amerks reassigned forwards Vaclav Karabacek and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
The Amerks, who won their first two games of the season, are home for their next three games. They host the Utica Comets at 7:05 p.m. Friday, host the Charlotte Checkers on Oct. 20 and host Utica, again, on Oct. 21.
Vojtech Budik (defense, Prince Albert Raiders): Has one goal and one assist in six games with 14 shots on goal. The Raiders are 3-3-0.
Brandon Hagel (forward, Red Deer Rebels): It was a hot start for Hagel who has three goals and five assists through his first six games. But the Rebels have cooled off. After opening the season with three wins, Red Deer dropped its next three.
Cliff Pu (forward, London Knights): Pu, who finished last season ranked eighth in the OHL in points with 86 (35 goals, 51 assists), is still looking for his first goal of the season. Through six games he has three assists, has taken 19 shots, and is a minus-seven.
Austin Osmanski (defense, Peterborough Petes): The East Aurora was traded from the Mississauga Steelheads to Peterborough and registered an assist in his first game with the Petes.
Vasily Glotov (forward, Shawinigan Cataractes): Scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 7 in a 3-2 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. On the season he has one goal, two assists, and is a minus-4.
William Borgen (defense, St. Cloud State): The junior picked up his first assist of the season as the Huskies opened the season with a 4-0 win over Minnesota State.
Christopher Brown (forward, Boston College): One of three captains for Boston College, Brown kicked off his junior year winning 15 of his 24 faceoffs as the Eagles opened the season with a 1-1 tie against Quinnipiac.
Jacob Bryson (defense, Providence): The sophomore had two assists as the Friars opened the season with a sweep of Miami (Ohio).
Ivan Chukarov (defense, UMass): Will be out for four to six weeks with an upper body injury. He enters his junior year at UMass with five career goals and 11 points over 72 games.
Casey Fitzgerald (defense, Boston College): A captain for Boston College, Fitzgerald picked up his first point of the season, an assist on the power play, as the Eagles opened with a 1-1 tie against Quinnipiac.
Connor Hurley (forward, Minnesota): After three seasons at Notre Dame, Hurley transferred to the University of Minnesota. He will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and have one year of college eligibility left for the 2018-19 season. In 98 career games for the Fighting Irish, Hurley had 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists).
Casey Mittelstadt (forward, Minnesota): The Sabres first-round pick in 2017 picked up his first collegiate point, with a power-play assist in the Golden Gophers season-opening 4-3 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth. He then scored his first collegiate goal the next night as Minnesota blanked Union, 2-0.
Brett Murray (forward, Penn State): Murray was held off the scoresheet in the Nittany Lions opening trip to North Country. He was a minus-1 in a 2-1 loss at Clarkson.
Philip Nyberg (defense, UConn): Played one game as the Huskies split their opening weekend at Maine. Nyberg had one shot in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Black Bears.
Judd Peterson (forward, St. Cloud State): The senior registered his first assist and went 8-8 on faceoffs in the Huskies 4-0 season-opening win against Minnesota State.
Linus Weissbach (forward, Wisconsin): A native of Sweden, the 19-year-old freshman scored two goals in his first collegiate game, a 3-2 win over Michigan Tech. He picked up an assist as the Badgers then split a Big Ten series with Ohio State.
Maxwell Willman (forward, Brown): Begins his senior season when Brown opens at Yale on Oct. 27. As a junior, Willman scored 11 goals with 15 assists in 31 games, including four power play goals.
Rasmus Asplund (forward, Farjestad BK): Has three goals and three assists in seven games.
Marcus Davidsson (forward, Djurgardens): Still looking for his first point after playing five games in the Swedish Hockey League. He has three goals and an assist in three games played with the Djurgadens Under-20 team in the SuperElit League.
Oskari Laaksonen (defense, Ilves): Has four assists and one goal in 14 games in the Under-20 league (Jr. A SM-Liiga).
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (goalie, HPK): In two games with the Under-20 team, he has a 2.50 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He has been on loan to LeKi, a second-tier league in Finland, posting a 1.75 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in four games.
Victor Olofsson (forward, Frolounda HC): Has two goals and an assist in six games in the Swedish Hockey League.