LOS ANGELES -- In a clear effort to give the struggling Rochester Amerks a shakeup, the Buffalo Sabres completed a seven-player trade Saturday night with the Ottawa Senators that featured all minor leaguers.
Longtime Amerks Phil Varone and Jerome Leduc, along with 2015 free agent signee Jason Akeson, have been dealt to Ottawa in exchange for forwards Cole Schneider, Alex Guptill and Eric O'Dell and defenseman Michael Sdao.
None of the four players acquired have any NHL experience and it's assumed they will all be assigned to Rochester. The Sabres have yet to indicate their intentions. The Senators have tweeted that they will get Buffalo's seventh-round pick in the June draft if Schneider plays three NHL games this year.
Schneider, 25, is a Williamsville native and St. Joe's graduate who was leading the Binghamton Senators in scoring this year with 42 points (17, goals, 25 assists). The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder has 191 points in 263 career games for Binghamton, having played for them the last four years. He played two seasons at the University of Connecticut.
O'Dell, 25, is Binghamton's leading goal scorer with 18 goals and has 37 points in 50 games. The 6-3, 190-p0und Guptill has spent most of this season in the ECHL and has one point in three games for Binghamton.
Sdao is a 6-foot-4, 229-pounder who has two assists and a plus-4 rating in 17 games for Binghamton. He was a four-year player at Princeton who has played 123 career games for the B-Sens.
The Amerks were blown out, 10-5, Saturday at Toronto and stand 11th in the AHL's Eastern Conference, eight points out of a playoff spot. Varone and Akeson were Rochester's top two scorers with 32 and 30 points, respectively. Varone also led the team with 13 goals. Leduc was Buffalo's third-round pick in 2010 but never made the NHL. He had seven goals and nine assists in 54 games this year.