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Amerks strong out of the gate

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Through their first five games of the 2016-17 season, the Rochester Americans sit at a respectable 3-2, picking up wins against the Hershey Bears, Toronto Marlies, and Binghamton Senators while dropping two games against the Syracuse Crunch.

The Americans rank among the top of the Eastern Conference, having secured six out of ten points against teams with superior records.

Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson, who were recently sent to Rochester after starting the season with the Sabres, both pitched in with a goal in the team’s 5-2 wins against the Toronto Marlies Friday night.

A name that Sabres fans should be keeping an eye on is 26-year-old Cole Schneider, a Williamsville, New York native that has been absolutely dominating the competition thus far. The winger has three goals and five assists throughout the first five games, and is currently leading the AHL in scoring.

Cal O’Reilly has also gotten off to a strong start this season. O’Reilly, who played twenty games for the Sabres last year, has four assists and two goals in the team’s five games, good for a plus one rating.

Sabres’ 2016 first round draft pick Alexander Nylander has also been able to find his footing in Rochester, as he currently has four points in five games. The 18-year-old Swede with tons of potential is adjusting well to the AHL.

Leading the team defensively has been offseason acquisition Taylor Fedun, a 28-year-old who spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks‘ AHL affiliate. Despite having a -2 plus/minus rating, Fedun has four points, tied for third in scoring among AHL defensemen.

Evan Rodrigues and Justin Bailey have also had decent starts, having three and two points respectively. Both players could spend some time with the Sabres this season should any injuries occur, so consistent production from these two forwards will keep them near the top of the call-up list.

Sabres fans will be happy that Linus Ullmark, perhaps the team’s most promising young goaltender, has been in net for the team’s three wins this season. Ullmark currently has a record of 3-1 with a goals against average of 2.75 and a save percentage of .926%.

Rochester has been impressive thus far this season, and will look to improve their record next weekend when the team travels to Newfoundland to play two games against the St. Johns IceCaps.

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NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
7044-14-12100
7043-21-692
7036-25-981
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
6941-20-890
6941-21-789
6940-23-686
Wild Card leaders:
6838-25-581
7033-22-1581
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6835-23-1080
7037-28-579
6935-26-878
7131-31-971
6930-31-868
6928-29-1268
7125-34-1262
7117-49-539
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Central Division Leaders:
7142-19-1094
7042-20-892
6937-24-882
Pacific Division Leaders:
7139-24-886
7137-25-983
7036-27-779
Wild Card leaders:
7137-28-680
6935-26-878
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6936-27-678
6935-27-777
7033-29-874
7032-30-872
7129-33-967
7029-35-664
7029-36-563