Wallaceburg’s Seth Griffith has earned a roster spot with the Buffalo Sabres.
The 24-year-old forward is slated to be in the lineup as Buffalo starts the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 5 at home against Montreal.
“It’s an exciting time,” Griffith told Sabres.com after practice on Sunday.
Griffith skated in four pre-season game for the Sabres this year, scoring once and adding an assist in his second game.
Phil Housley, the Sabres new head coach, said Griffith stood out in their final pre-season match against the Islanders.
“I thought Seth Griffith was one of our best forwards tonight,” Housley said on Friday.
“He created a lot, was in on the forecheck, had some opportunities still to shoot the puck in the second period, but I really liked his game. He brought his speed element, he complemented that line with Reino… that was very intriguing.”
After playing well alongside Sam Reinhart through two periods against the Islanders, Housley placed Griffith on Buffalo’s top line, with Evander Kane and Jack Eichel in the third period.
The line didn’t score, but they did generate multiple chances.
Griffith stayed on Kane and Eichel’s line for practice on Sunday.
“They’re super fast and that’s the way I like to play,” Griffith told Sabres.com.
“We didn’t end up scoring on them, but we had some good chances. We were moving the puck pretty well today, but I think it will come as chemistry develops too.”
While Griffith has earned his spot on the team, the former Wallaceburg Tartan is looking to prove he can stay.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s always going to be somebody looking to take your spot,” Griffith said.
“I think that’s why we’re out here, we’re doing competition drills, keeping the competition high, kind of placing an emphasis on that kind of stuff to make sure guys are going hard.”
The Sabres had signed Griffith as a free agent back on July 1.
The puck drops on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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