Stuart has had a reasonable career as a depth player in the AHL and has played 51 NHL games (all with Atlanta) with some success. However he has never stuck with a team. He was traded to the Maple Leafs, who immediately turned him over to the Calgary Flames. Stuart played college hockey at Colorado College.
Stuart is a solid veteran addition to Portland’s roster and will likely play on the second or third line to start the year. If a lot of depth injuries strike the Sabres early in the season (and with an old bottom 6, they might) you could see him get called up. Look for 1-2 more forwards to be signed in the next few weeks for the Portland system and possibly 1 more defenseman, rumored to be Nolan Pratt.