Patrick Kaleta (RW)
Buffalo Sabresâ€™ sixth-round selection (176th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans on September 12, 2015.
2014-15: Skated in 42 NHL games for the Buffalo Sabres, recording three assists and 36 PIMâ€¦ Earned the primary assist on the Sabresâ€™ lone goal of the game in a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay on 1/09â€¦ Assisted on Chris Stewartâ€™s game-tying goal in Buffaloâ€™s 4-3 overtime win over the New York Islanders on 12/27â€¦ Recorded an assist against Florida on 12/13â€¦ Logged a season-high 14:38 of ice time against Philadelphia on 1/17â€¦ Missed the first 17 games of the season before making his season debut against Minnesota on 11/13
2013-14: Played in five games with Buffalo to begin the seasonâ€¦ Notched four points (1+3) in seven games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) before suffering a season-ending knee injury in his 400th pro game against Lake Erie on 11/29â€¦ Returned to the lineup vs. Hamilton on 11/27â€¦ Missed four games (11/16-11/23) with an injuryâ€¦ Scored a shorthanded goal, his first of the season, against Lake Erie on 11/11â€¦ Also marked his first tally as an Amerk since a three-point outing (1+2) vs. Chicago on Dec. 13, 2007â€¦ Recorded an assist at Binghamton on 11/09, marking his first point as an Amerk since Dec. 28, 2007â€¦ Skated 18:55 in his season debut vs. Binghamton on 11/08â€¦ Assigned to Rochester by the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) on 11/03â€¦ Assessed a 10-game suspension (10/12-10/31) by the NHL for his actions in a game against Columbus on 10/10â€¦ Skated a season-high 9:20 vs. Ottawa on 10/04
Scored one goal and racked up 67 PIM in 34 games with the Buffalo Sabresâ€¦ Missed eight total games due to injury: five â€“ neck (1/31-2/7), three â€“ hand (4/22-4/26)â€¦ Served five-game suspension (4/5-4/17)â€¦ Finished first among Sabres forwards in average shorthanded TOI with 2:08â€¦ Skated in his 300th career NHL game at Boston on 4/17â€¦ Tallied his first goal of the season vs. New Jersey on 4/07â€¦ It was his first point since 3/7/12 vs. Carolina and first goal since 2/8/12 vs. Boston
2011-12: Recorded five goals and added five assists for 10 points in 63 contests for Buffaloâ€¦ Missed 15 total games due to injury: eight â€“ lower body (12/3-12/20), four â€“ lower body (11/23-11/29), three â€“ upper body (3/21-3/24)â€¦ Led team with 116 PIMâ€¦ Tied career-high with five assists for fourth consecutive seasonâ€¦ Led all Sabres forwards with 139 hitsâ€¦ Served four-game suspension from 11/4 vs. Calgary to 11/11 vs. Ottawa
2010-11: Registered nine points (4+5) and 78 PIM in 51 appearancesâ€¦ Missed 29 total games due to injury: 15 â€“ lower body (3/8-4/5), seven â€“ upper body (1/1-1/15), six â€“ upper body (1/23-2/10), one â€“ upper body (11/17)â€¦ Tied career-high with five assistsâ€¦ Finished third among Sabres with 126 hitsâ€¦ Appeared in 200th career NHL game at the New York Rangers on 3/01â€¦ 2011 Playoffs: Appeared in six of seven gamesâ€¦ Missed Game 7 with broken hand suffered in Game 6â€¦ Paced Buffalo with 21 hitsâ€¦ Recorded an assist and tied to lead all Sabres with five hits in Game 5 at Philadelphia on 4/22â€¦ Recorded five hits and an assist in 8:49 TOI in Game 2 at Philadelphia on 4/16â€¦ Scored the game-winning goal and led the team with five blocked shots in Game 1 at Philadelphia on 4/14â€¦ The tally was his first career playoff game-winning goal
2009-10: Missed 25 total games due to injury: head/neck (12/1-12/13; 12/20-1/28; 4/6-4/11)â€¦ Set new career-highs in goals (10), points (15) and games played (55)â€¦ Led Sabres with two shorthanded talliesâ€¦ Ranked third on team with a career-high four game-winning goalsâ€¦ 148 hits were tops on the Sabresâ€¦ Had first career multi-goal game (2) at New York Rangers on 12/12â€¦ Posted his first career multi-point game (1+1) vs. Detroit on 10/13â€¦ Scored first career overtime game-winner at the New York Rangers on 3/07â€¦ Appeared in his 100th career NHL game vs. Phoenix on 10/08â€¦ Suspended two games (11/28-11/30) after being assessed a boarding major at Philadelphia on 11/27â€¦ 2010 Playoffs: Scored first career playoff goal at Boston in Game 6 on 4/26â€¦ Led Sabres with 22 PIM, and placed second in hits with 22
2008-09: Games missed due to injury: 27 â€“ head/neck (12/1-12/13; 12/20-1/28; 4/6-4/11)â€¦ Missed four additional games as a healthy scratchâ€¦ Notched nine points on four goals and five assists while appearing in 51 games for Buffaloâ€¦ Scored in consecutive games twice; 11/1 vs. Washington and 11/03 at New Jersey and 3/20 vs. Philadelphia and 3/21 at New York Rangers
2007-08: Split the campaign between Buffalo and Rochesterâ€¦ Tallied five points (3+2) and 41 PIM in 40 NHL games with the Sabresâ€¦ Earned three NHL recalls to Buffaloâ€¦ Collected four points (1+3) to go along with 109 PIM in 29 AHL contests for Rochesterâ€¦ Tabbed points in back-to-back games (1+1) vs. Carolina on 3/14 and at Toronto on 3/15â€¦ Scored his first ever NHL goal in Buffaloâ€™s 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers on 2/10â€¦ Scored his first goal of the season and recorded a pair of assists en route to earning second star honors against Chicago on 12/13â€¦ Returned to the lineup on 11/09 against Hamilton after missing six games (10/26-11/03) with an injuryâ€¦ Played in his first game of the season against Manitoba on 10/19
2006-07: Appeared in seven games for the Buffalo Sabres, recording two assists and 21 PIMâ€¦ Spent majority of rookie campaign in Rochester, where he notched 15 points (5+10) and career-high 133 PIM in 58 games with the Amerksâ€¦ Named the Amerksâ€™ Most Improved Playerâ€¦ Winner of the Most Popular Player Awardâ€¦ Winner of the McCulloch Community Service Award and named the Amerksâ€™ AHL Man of the Yearâ€¦ Piled up 12 PIM in five Calder Cup Playoff gamesâ€¦ Made his professional postseason debut in Game 1 of Rochesterâ€™s first-round series against Hamilton on 4/19â€¦ Notched his first multi-point game with a pair of assists at Houston on 3/23â€¦ Recorded his first NHL point with an assist in his NHL debut vs. Ottawa on 2/22 and followed that up with another assist at Toronto on 2/27â€¦ Scored his first professional goal on 1/17 against Jason Bacashihua of Peoriaâ€¦ Had a two-game assist streak from 11/12 to 11/17 and again from 12/05 to 12/06â€¦ Notched his first professional point with an assist vs. Chicago on 11/12â€¦ Made his professional debut on 10/14 at Binghamton
2005-06: Wrapped up his junior career with 51 points (16+35) and 121 PIM in 68 games for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey Leagueâ€¦ Recorded eight goals and 10 assists in 19 postseason contests, helping Peterborough to an OHL championship and a berth in the 2006 Memorial Cupâ€¦ Scored the winning goal and ranked fourth on the team in playoff scoring to advance Peterborough to the Eastern Conference Finalsâ€¦ Managed a career-best +8 on-rating in the postseasonâ€¦ Showed impressive hitting abilities at the fall 2005 Sabresâ€™ camp â€¦ Recognized as the best body-checker and one of the OHLâ€™s hardest working players in the leagueâ€™s annual Coaches Poll
2004-05: Posted OHL career-highs in goals (24), assists (28), points (52) and penalty minutes (146) in 62 games for Peterboroughâ€¦ Ranked fourth on the team in goals and finished fifth in pointsâ€¦ Led the Petes with 146 PIM and was one of just three players to finish with over 100 penalty minutes that seasonâ€¦ Added six points (3+3) and a team-high 30 PIM during the 2005 OHL Playoffsâ€¦ Voted the third-hardest working OHL player and the best body checker for the Eastern Conference in the Coachesâ€™ Poll
2003-04: Registered 14 goals and assisted on 14 others for 28 points in 67 appearancesâ€¦ Finished eighth in scoring among Peterborough skaters and ranked third with 126 PIMâ€¦ Finished second for the best body checker and hardest worker awards in the Eastern Conference Coachesâ€™ Pollâ€¦ Nominated for the Bobby Smith Trophy, which honors players who have a combination of excellent play and academic achievement
2002-03: Collected 16 points (9+7) and 67 PIM in 67 games as a rookie for Peterboroughâ€¦ Nominated for the Emms Family Award, given to a first-year player who excels in the OHLâ€¦ Ranked 161st among North Americans entering the 2004 NHL Draft
Grew up in Angola, NY, just 25 miles from Buffaloâ€™s First Niagara Centerâ€¦ Became just the third native of the Buffalo-Niagara region to play for the hometown Sabres, joining former Amerks Peter Ciavaglia and Scott Thomas as well as Tim Kennedy and Marcus Foligno, both of whom arrived after Kaleta.