The Buffalo Sabres recalled Will Borgen from the Rochester Americans this morning, meaning a defenseman was possibly injured in Monday’s 3-1 road loss to the New Jersey Devils.
The Sabres play another road contest tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Coach Phil Housley will have an update later in the day.
Borgen could make his NHL debut.
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Borgen, 22, has compiled two goals, 12 points and a plus-7 rating in 66 games as an AHL rookie this season. He played eight games with the Amerks a year ago after leaving St. Cloud State following his junior season.
The Sabres drafted Borgen in the fourth round, 92nd overall, in 2015. Borgen represented Team USA at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games in 2018.
Update: Housley told reporters in Ottawa Borgen will be in for Rasmus Ristolainen, who is under the weather.
“Will brings a physical element to the game,” Housley said. “He’s a shutdown guy, he plays very well in his own end. Defensively, (he) boxes out tremendously well. (He) plays a simple game, makes that first pass on the tape.”