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Buffalo Sabres recall AJ Smith from Rochester

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Mon, Feb 4th 2019 09:40 am

The Buffalo Sabres announced the team recalled forward C.J. Smith from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

In his second full professional season, Smith (age 24, 5’11”, 181 pounds) is currently leading the Amerks in scoring with 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 41 games this season. This is Smith’s second recall of the season to Buffalo. Smith has appeared in four games with the Sabres this season, recording his first NHL goal on Jan. 8 against New Jersey.

In 2017-18, Smith tied for 10th among AHL rookies with 44 points (17/27) in 57 games and was named MVP of the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. The Des Moines, Iowa, native recorded one assist in two NHL contests in 2016-17 after the conclusion of his three-year collegiate career at UMass-Lowell, where he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2015 and garnered Hockey East All-Tournament honors in 2016 and 2017.

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