Providence College senior Tim Schaller has signed a 2-year ELC with the Buffalo Sabres. The deal is worth $925k in the NHL and $70k in the AHL.

Schaller  recently completed his senior season at Providence College, scoring eight goals and 23 points in 37 games en route to being named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward. The 22 year old Schaller will report to the Rochester Americans of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract, with this ELC to begin next season.

A past attendee at development camps of the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, Schaller was one of 21 finalists for the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. To add to that, he was also named Hockey East Player of the Week twice (11/7, 2/13), and earned INCH National Player of the Week honors (11/8) once.  Schaller could become a David Steckel type forward in the future (wins key face offs in a bottom six role), and he proved it by winning 56% of his 564 draws this year with the Friars.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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