Griffith trying to make a mark in the NHL

February 28, 2018

Tampa, FL (WGR 550) - With the trading deadline past, teams can have as many players as they’d like as long as they stay under the salary cap. Casey Nelson were already up and Seth Griffith is going to get his second chance with the Sabres. In his last game in Rochester, Griffith notched five points and Phil Housley said, “He’s earned his right to get back up here. He’s been playing some really good hockey lately.

“I think if you ask him, his confidence level is up, but the one thing I’d like to see from him is to bring his speed and skill. He’s got to create offense for us whether it’s in on the forecheck using his speed that way or creating room for himself and trying to find guys that are open.” Housley added, “I think the thing he really has to focus on is his wall play, that really has to be good because we’re going to need those outs when it comes to his side.”

Griffith had three points in the 18 games he was up, Griffith knows it didn’t go well, “It was a bit of a tough go. It was up and down, there were tough times.”

Chris Taylor has given Griffith a lot of responsibility in Rochester. Griffith said, “The coaches down there believe in me, they believe I have the skills to be a NHL player, there are just little things I need to work on.”

“Up here I've just got to continue to move my feet the whole game, sometimes I get away from that.”

Griffith played right wing with Jacob Josefson and Jordan Nolan on Wednesday. In the first period, it was obvious that Griffith wanted to be careful and not make a big mistake. Housley talked about him being strong on the wall, but on one play, he got caught on his off wing and couldn’t get the puck out.

He seemed a little more relaxed in the second period. He stole the puck from Yanni Gourde getting the puck up ice to Josefson. That play led to a good chance for Casey Nelson.

After two periods, Griffith played 7:48 with one hit and one big blocked shot on Mikhail Sergachev.

Griffith also got a little bit of power play time. In the third period he went to the net on the PP, but Benoit Pouliot's pass was caught by Andrei Vasilevskiy. Griffith got 1:29 of power play time.

Overall, he played 10:12 with no shots, one hit and one blocked shot.

Griffith got 18 games in Buffalo to start the year, but it didn’t go as planned, this time Griffith wants to show it can be different, “I just want to come up here and play a good 5-on-5 game and prove to the coaches that I can play at this level and deserve to be at this level.” This game was OK, it wasn't good, but he didn't play poorly either. I think to stay, he has to make more of a difference.

The Sabres got an overitme power play thanks to a dumb elbow to Johan Larsson's head by Adam Erne. Jason Pominville took advantage scoring his first goal in 21 games. Pominville admitted he was getting frustrated and it bothered him because he feels as a leader, he can't show that frustration.