With their defense corps getting thinner by the day, the Buffalo Sabres have pulled the trigger on a surprising recall, summoning Brendan Guhle from the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League on an emergency basis.
Guhle, 19, was Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2015 draft. He had three goals in four games since being acquired by Prince George in a a trade with Prince Albert on Nov. 19.
Guhle was a surprising snub for Team Canada's entry to the upcoming World Junior Championships. He nearly made the Sabres out of training camp last season before being sidelined with a concussion suffered on a hit by Dion Phaneuf during an exhibition game in Toronto. He was again impressive in summer development camp and training camp but the Sabres opted to return him to junior.
The Buffalo defense is already dealing with long-term injuries to Zach Bogosian and Dmitry Kulikov and the status of Josh Gorges is now uncertain after he took a shot to the foot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers.
Gorges had one set of X-rays done after the game and skated on his own Friday in HarborCenter before leaving the ice. He was scheduled to be examined later Friday, and the team said it would have no updates on his status until Saturday morning prior to the matinee against Boston in KeyBank Center.