BUFFALO – With goalie Andrey Makarov sent back to Rochester to help the Americans secure a playoff spot, the Sabres recalled Connor Knapp today.
If Knapp backs up Matt Hackett on Saturday in Boston, the Sabres would set an NHL record by dressing their ninth goalie this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
They’ve recently lost goalies Jhonas Enroth, Nathan Lieuwen and Michal Neuvirth to injuries and also traded Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak. Ryan Vinz, a team employee, also dressed for a game.
The Sabres drafted the 6-foot-5, 206-pound Knapp 164th overall in 2009. Knapp has mostly spent his professional career in the ECHL after four NCAA seasons at Miami of Ohio.
Knapp is 11-12-3-2 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and one shutout in 29 ECHL games this season with Florida, Greenville and Alaska.
The Amerks recalled him March 17. The York native played two games, going 0-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .873 save percentage.