Connor Knapp (G)
Buffalo Sabres’ sixth-round selection (164th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract with Buffalo on April 3, 2012.
2012-13: Split his first pro season between Rochester and the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL… Compiled a 1-6-0 record to go along with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .893 save in percentage in seven games with the Amerks… Stopped 191 of 214 shots… Earned first playoff win following a 37-save effort in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Reading on 4/10… Named third star of the game… Made his pro playoff debut in Game 1 of the ECQF at Reading on 4/05… Assigned to Greenville on 4/04… Reassigned to Rochester on 4/01… Posted a 5-7-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 12 games with the Road Warriors… Totaled 368 saves on 405 shots… Went 1-3 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in four ECHL playoff appearances for Greenville… Made 119 saves on 129 shots during the Kelly Cup Playoffs… Had a three-game winning streak from 3/15-3/21… Turned aside 34 of 35 shots in a winning effort in his Greenville debut against Wheeling on 2/14… Reassigned to Greenville by the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) on 2/08… Registered his first professional point with an assist at Grand Rapids on 12/19… Made consecutive starts for the first time in his career against Adirondack on 12/07 and at Toronto on 12/08… Recorded his first professional win, stopping 41 of 42 shots against Adirondack on 12/07 to earn second star honors… Made his home debut vs. Abbotsford on 11/16, turning aside 18 saves on 21 shots… Made 30 saves in his professional/Amerk debut at Hamilton on 11/03
2011-12: Completed his senior season at Miami University of Ohio (CCHA), capturing career-bests in all goaltending categories, including games played (24), wins (15), shutouts (5), saves (533), save percentage (.933) and goals-against average (1.69)… Won CCHA Best Goaltender Award and was an honorable mention All-CCHA selection… Was a four-time honoree as CCHA Goaltender of the Week, the most of any goalie… Twice named the INCH’s National Player of the Week (Jan. 10 and Feb. 21) and once was honored as the CCHA Goaltender of the Month (February)… His 1.69 goals-against ranked third in the country, while his .933 save percentage ranked fourth nationally, both of which stand as single-season school records (the .933 save percentage ties the single-season record)… In CCHA play, he finished first with a 1.41 GAA (fifth in CCHA history) and a .945 saves percentage… Had five shutouts on the year, boosting his career total to a school-record 13… Finished with 14 wins in his last 19 starts, allowing a goal or less in 13 of his last 17 appearances… Had a career-high 15 wins while making 22 starts and playing in 24 games… Made a season-high 37 saves at Colgate on 10/05 and had five weekends where he started
both games and allowed just one goal all weekend… Finished his four-year career at Miami University with a 46-22-11 record, 13 shutouts and 1,741 saves in 84 career games with the Red Hawks… Ranks fourth in school history with
46 career wins and finished his career ranked first and second all-time at Miami with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, respectively… 2010-11: Played in 17 games his junior campaign, starting 16 for the Red Hawks... Posted an 8-5-4 record with 330 saves… Won eight games, including shutouts against Bowling Green on 11/20 and Michigan State on 1/22… Finished sixth in the country with a 2.03 goals-against average while posting a .909 save percentage... Had a season-high 29 saves against Ohio State on 1/08… 2009-10: Named the Midwest Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after his career-high 55-save performance in the final vs. Michigan... Stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first overtime against the Wolverines... Appeared in 20 games in goal, starting 19... Was second in the CCHA in goals-against average on the year (1.97) and in league play only (1.60) and second in save percentage (.937) in CCHA play, all behind teammate Cody Reichard... Also tied for second in CCHA winning percentage (.682)... Ranked third in goals-against average (1.97), eighth in save percentage (.921) and 12th in winning percentage (.667) nationally… Posted four shutouts on the year… Had a scoreless streak against the Ohio State Buckeyes of 144:14... Finished the year with a record of 10-4-4, playing a total of 1126:44 in net... Credited with two assists vs. Lake Superior State on 2/06 when he also made 38 saves… 2008-09: Played in 23 games as a freshman with the Red Hawks, starting 21... Posted a 13-5-3 record in net with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage... His goals-against average was fourth-best in school history and second-best by a freshman netminder... Allowed 47 goals, including 12 when the opponent was on the power-play, while making 445 saves... Registered 33 saves at Nebraska-Omaha on 1/23… Recorded at least 20 saves on 11 occasions... Posted two shutouts (vs. Alaska and at Lake Superior State)... Appeared in three shootouts, winning one… Was credited with 1349:53 of playing time… 2007-08: Played juniors with Boston Junior Bruins of the EJHL... Posted a 14-7-2 record with three shutouts and a 2.02 goals-against average to earn league All-Star honors... 2006-07: Helped the Bruins to a 40-3-1 mark and a league championship with an impressive 22-1-0 record and a 1.66 goals-against average… Earned goalie and defensive player of the of the year honors with three shutouts on the season.
Attended McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY for two years prior to pursing his junior hockey career… Majored in Management and Organizations while at Miami University.