Sabres Call Up the Other Really Tall Guy

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The Sabres have continued to pick away at the Rochester Americans roster, and have called up defenseman Joe Finley. The call up comes merely two days after the 24 year old was signed to a three year, two way contract by the Sabres.

Though Finley, who will be playing in his first NHL game Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, is likely to be replacing an injured Jordan Leopold, he’s going to look an awful lot like Tyler Myers- physically, at least.

Both young defensemen stand at 6’8”, though at about 250 pounds, Finley has about almost thirty pounds on Myers.

Originally a first round pick for the Washington Capitals (27th overall), Finely never played with the parent team, and instead has been bouncing around the AHL and ECHL for the past three years. He also spent four years on the University of North Dakota’s roster, at the same time as Drew Stafford for his freshman year.

The Minnesota native accepted an invitation to tryout without he Sabres during camp this year before being assigned to the Amerks.

Earlier this month, I attended an Amerks home game, and was easily impressed by Finley’s playing style. It’s easy to look for Brennan, Foligno, Kassian, and all the others that you’re expecting to do something. I had never heard of the guy, and was quickly looking through my game night program (Mike Ryan was on the poster that night, woo!) to see what else I could find out about the guy.

He certainly proved he knows what to do with his size, and if he is getting this kind of attention from the Sabres this week, he seems to be a perfect fit for the situation at hand. From the second row, he didn’t seem to big at first glance, but maybe a few years Tyler Myers’s encounters does that to you.

I probably would have taken more mental notes, but it was the same night as the really bad Bruins game, so I was too busy yelling to Jay McKee that we were willing to take Drew MacIntyre back to Buffalo with us.

You think I’m kidding.

I am really excited to see this guy play up here, not to get too personal. I’ve got the performance of the other young ones for support, not to mention Twitter trends

Finely has one goal in eighteen games with the Amerks, that which would have been his first AHL career goal. With the track record of his teammates that have been called up, perhaps the first NHL goal is a mere few days away.

At the least, he’ll show off Washington’s second boo boo of the week.

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Finley's Career at a Glance



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