Jordan Nolan will hit a new career mark on Tuesday when the Buffalo Sabres host the Detroit Red Wings. The fourth-line forward will be playing in his 300th NHL game.
That's not an easy get for a fourth-liner who can often be a healthy scratch depending on the team's needs. Nolan, who was claimed by the Sabres off waivers, spent the first six years of his career with the Los Angels Kings.
While Sabres coach Phil Housley has only worked with Nolan for a little over a month, he sees a player that has become a valuable part of the lineup with potential to increase that value with a little more net-front presence .
"It's really a tough role because sometimes you're not in the flow of the game but he's mentally strong, he's prepared, he approaches the game the right way," Housley said. "I really like the physicality he brought against Boston. He was finishing his checks. You might not see it, but when we watch it on film, you know those things add up. He needs to keep bringing a physical element to his game. I'd like to see him get in front of the net, because he's a big body. He can use that big body and he's good around the net. I mean he had a couple cracks against Boston. I'd like to see more of that. I think that's how he has to approach it."
Nolan is looking for his first point as a Sabre. In his NHL career he has 20 goals and 22 assists.
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