Joe Finley has been claimed off of waivers from Buffalo by the New York Islanders.
Finley was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On September 18, 2011, Finley accepted an invitation to training camp by the Buffalo Sabres. He impressed enough that he was signed to an AHL contract, and assigned to the Rochester Americans.Through the first quarter of the season, Finley was impressive as one half of the Americans shut-down defensive pairing. He led the Amerks in +/- with a +10. The Sabres and Finley reached a three-year contract on November 28, 2011, that would allow Finley to be called up by Sabres organization.
Two days after the deal was completed, Finley was called up by the Sabres where he made his NHL debut against the Red Wings on December 2, 2011. Finley was the 475th player to play in the NHL after starting his career in the ECHL.
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