Taylor Fedun knows as well as anyone it’s not easy being the new guy. Contributing immediately certainly helps the transition.
Fedun has assists in his first two games with the Sabres, making him a welcome addition to Buffalo’s defense corps and score sheets.
“So far I’ve adjusted fairly well,” Fedun said Sunday in KeyBank Center. “I got a little bit more of an opportunity last game, and for the most part I think it went fairly well. I’m feeling fairly comfortable out there.”
Fedun skated 15:21 against Pittsburgh on Saturday, including 4:36 of power-play time. The defenseman earned his assist when William Carrier tipped his point shot at even strength. Fedun picked up a power-play assist during his Buffalo debut Thursday against Tampa Bay.
“You’re never comfortable being the new guy,” the 28-year-old said, “but it’s a hockey locker room, so the camaraderie’s there. It’s a situation where you can get into it and feel comfortable relatively quickly.”
Fedun has needed to acclimate often through the years. The Princeton graduate played for Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver and their minor-league teams during the previous three seasons. He’s now played in just 14 NHL games, but he’s put up seven assists and nine points.
“It’s difficult at times, but it just makes it that much more exciting and that much sweeter when it finally does happen,” Fedun said of big-league recalls. “When you do get that opportunity, it makes it that much more important to try and make the most of it.”