C.J. Smith participated in Buffalo’s training camp last month. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres send Jack Quinn to Amerks, recall two players to taxi squad

BUFFALO – The Sabres assigned rookie winger Jack Quinn to the Rochester Americans this morning and recalled forwards Jean-Sebastien Dea and C.J. Smith to the taxi squad.

Quinn, 19, spent the first few weeks of the season on the Sabres’ taxi squad. He recently recovered from an upper-body injury, coach Ralph Krueger said last week.

The Sabres drafted Quinn eighth overall last year. In a normal year, he would likely be playing with his junior team, the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67s. Junior-age players can play in the AHL because their leagues are paused right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Amerks begin their season Friday.

Dea and Smith, meanwhile, spent the last two weeks in Rochester’s training camp. Both players have one-way contracts this season.

The Sabres waived Dea and assigned him to the Amerks in late December. He did not skate in Buffalo’s camp.

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