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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