Phil Varone (C)
Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres on March 19, 2012.
Finished tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 35 points (11+24) in 62 games with the Amerks… His second straight 11-goal season… Named the winner of the Fairand/O’Neill Sportsmanship Award as voted by the team’s Off-Ice Officials… Scored four power-play goals and led the AHL with four shorthanded assists… Closed out the regular season with four points (2+2) in a two-game sweep of Hamilton on 4/20 and 4/21… Returned to the lineup against Toronto on 4/19… Missed 11 games (3/23-4/14) with an injury… Had a three-game point streak (1+2) from 3/02 to 3/08… Scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left in overtime at Syracuse on 3/02… Assisted on a pair of goals at Hamilton on 2/22… Collected a single-game career-best four points (2+2), including two unassisted goals as well as the game-winner, in a 4-1 win at Lake Erie on 2/12… Had a three-game point streak (1+3) from 1/18 to 1/25… Registered two points (1+1) and finished +2 against Syracuse on 1/18 to earn third star honors… Skated in his 100th professional game against Binghamton on 12/21… Had a four-game point streak (1+3) from 12/11 to 12/19... Returned to the lineup at Hamilton on 11/14… Missed two games (11/09-11/10) with an injury… Scored his first goal of the season against Grand Rapids on 10/19… Recorded an assist in his season debut against Syracuse on 10/12
2011-12: Had a breakout rookie season with Rochester, leading the Amerks with 41 assists and 52 points while appearing in all 76 games… Scored 11 goals, including three on the man-advantage… Was one of just four AHL rookies to pace his team in scoring and ranked 10th overall among all first-year skaters… Finished the campaign tied for 12th in the league in assists with 41, which also led all AHL freshmen… Placed third on the team with nine power-play points, including a team-best nine assists… Was second among all Rochester skaters with a +17 on-ice rating…Took the fifth-most shots on goal with 120… Led the Amerks with four shorthanded points (2+2) and finished second among AHL rookies in that category… Ranked second among league rookies with a .750 shootout percentage, scoring three goals on four attempts… Also finished tied for first among AHL freshmen with two shootout game-winning tallies… Recorded an impressive 46 points in the last 53 games of the regular season to rank fourth in the AHL in scoring during that span and was held scoreless just 13 times over the last 34 contests... Tied for the team lead in postseason scoring with three points (2+1)… Recorded two points (1+1) in his pro playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Toronto on 4/19… Named the Amerks’ Most Improved Player as voted by his teammates and this year’s recipient of the Scoring Champion Award… Had a four-game point streak (2+3) from 4/04 to 4/10… Snapped a four-game scoreless drought with two assists at Abbotsford on 4/04… Had a three-game point streak (1+3) from 3/21 to 3/24… Collected two assists at Syracuse on 3/16… Had a four-game assist streak (0+7) from 2/25 to 3/04… Assisted on all three regulation goals in Rochester’s 4-3 shootout win over Lake Erie on 2/25 to earn second star honors… Had a four-game point streak (1+5) from 2/17 to 2/22… Notched the first three-point game of his career with three assists and was +2 against Lake Erie on 2/17 to earn second star honors… Had a three-game point streak (2+1) from 2/02 to 2/04… Scored his first career shorthanded goal against Abbotsford on 2/02… Assisted on two goals and was +2 against Hamilton on 1/14… Had a seven-game point streak (4+5) from 12/21 to 1/08… Scored two goals for his first multi-goal game at Binghamton on 1/07 to earn first star honors… Collected a pair of assists and was +3 at Oklahoma City on 12/28… Scored his first pro goal against former Amerk Jacob Markstrom in a 3-2 OT loss at San Antonio on 12/16… Registered his first pro multi-point game with two assists at Adirondack on 12/10… Recorded his first professional point with an assist against Grand Rapids on 10/16… Made his pro/AHL debut at Hamilton on 10/08… 2010-11: Led the Erie Otters (OHL) in postseason scoring with a team-high 10 assists and 13 points… Recorded career-highs in goals (34), assists (48) and points (82) in 59 combined OHL games with London and Erie… Finished the regular season third on the team in scoring while averaging 1.39 points per game and earning a career-best plus-21 rating… Scored six of his 34 goals on the power-play while leading Erie with three shorthanded tallies… Named the Otters' Most Valuable Player at the Otters Summer Awards Banquet... Scored his first career hat trick on 11/27 vs. Kitchener… Made his Otters debut on 10/27 vs. Plymouth and notched two assists… Acquired from the London Knights in exchange for Windsor’s third round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection and Erie’s second round pick in the 2012 Priority Selection on 10/26… 2009-10: Was a point-per-game player for the London Knights (OHL), scoring nine goals and adding 22 assists for 31 points in 31 games… Collected his 100th career OHL assist vs. Guelph on 12/12… Selected in the fifth round (147th overall) by San Jose in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft… Four of his nine goals were scored on the power-play… 2008-09: Scored a team-high 10 goals and finished third among Knights skaters in postseason scoring with 19 points in 14 playoff appearances… Registered 52 points on 19 goals and 33 assists in 58 regular season games with London… Scored a career-best eight power-play markers… Picked up his 100th career OHL point with an assist at Kingston on 1/30… Played in his 100th career OHL game at Mississauga on 11/09… 2007-08: Tallied two points (1+1) in five postseason outings for London during the 2008 OHL Playoffs… Split the season between Kitchener and London, collecting 61 points (15+46) and 26 PIM in 67 total games… Finished fourth on the team and fifth among league rookies in overall scoring…Traded to the London Knights with Steve Tarasuk, along with the second, third and fourth round draft picks in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection and a second round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection from the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for Steve Mason on 1/04… 2006-07: Played just 13 games for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL), scoring one goal and notching three assists for four points… Scored his first career OHL goal vs. Erie on 12/08… Accumulated his first OHL point, an assist, at Erie on 11/25… Made his OHL debut vs. Windsor on 10/06… Originally taken by the Kitchener Rangers in the fourth round (78th overall) in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.