Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Dan Catenacci on a three-year entry level contract and goaltender Connor Knapp on a two-year entry-level contract. Both contracts will take effect next season and both players will join the Rochester Americans tonight on amateur tryouts.
Catenacci (5’9”, 190 lbs., 3/9/93), selected by Buffalo in the third round (77th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, ranked second on the Owen Sound Attack (OHL) with 72 points (33+39) in 67 games in 2011-12. Catenacci added a goal and three assists in five playoff games for the Attack.
In 199 career OHL games with Owen Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, the native of New Market, Ont. totaled 173 points (69+104) and 299 penalty minutes.
Knapp (6’6”, 222 lbs., 5/1/90) recently completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Miami (Ohio). During his senior season, Knapp appeared in a career-high 24 games, starting 22 and compiling career-best numbers in every category, including a 15-8-0 record, a 1.69 goals against average, a .933 save percentage and five shutouts.
The York, NY native appeared in 84 games during his collegiate career, posting a 46-22-11 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Knapp was selected by the Sabres in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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