Sabres' Rodrigues knows the newest Sabre very well

February 27, 2018

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues is very familiar with the man Buffalo got back from San Jose in the Evander Kane deal. Rodrigues spent three years playing on a line with Danny O’Regan at Boston University.

Rodrigues works out with O’Regan in the off season in Boston and he’s happy to have another former teammate in the Sabres organization, “We’ve been good friends for years and played together for three years in college, so it was a welcomed surprise when I saw the trade.”

Rodrigues also played on a line with Scott Wilson when they were kids up in Canada.

O’Regan isn’t big, but he’s fast. He was the American Hockey League’s rookie of the year last season netting 23 goals and 35 assists for 58 points in 63 games with San Jose. Rodrigues isn’t surprised with what he brings to the table, “It’s his smarts and he’s able to read plays. He always seems to be in an open area. He’s one of those guys that can stop at the net-front and poke in a rebound.”

Rodrigues said the two of them played on a line with Jack Eichel the one season Eichel was at BU. They finished the top three scorers on the team.

On Tuesday, Eichel sat and watched practice with Zach Bogosian. After practice, Eichel grabbed a stick and gloves and did some off-ice work with rehab coach Dennis Miller. Eichel looked to be walking OK.

Kyle Okposo’s wife went into labor so he was not at practice on Tuesday. Seth Griffith comes up from Rochester to take his place. In 18 games with the Sabres Griffith has two goals and an assist. In 36 games with Rochester the winger netted 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points.