Justin Kea (C)
Buffalo Sabres’ third-round selection (73rd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
2013-14: Appeared in one regular season game with the Rochester Americans (AHL)… Completed his junior career by capturing career-highs in all offensive categories, including goals (22), assists (27) and points (49) in 58 games with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League… Posted a team-best +14 on-ice rating and ranked fifth in the OHL with four shorthanded goals while serving as an alternate captain for the Spirit… Recorded his second straight 22-goal season and finished fourth on the team in points… Finished tied for third in playoff scoring with four points (1+3) in five postseason games for Saginaw… Compiled 13 multi-point outings on the season, including seven straight between 10/26 and 11/23… Made his professional/AHL debut at Toronto on 4/05… Closed out the regular season on a three-game point streak (3+1), including a pair of goals at Sault Ste. Marie on 3/14… His second tally of the game marked the 50th of his junior career… Registered three assists in an 8-3 win at Windsor on 3/06… Tallied a pair of goals and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Kitchener on 2/28… Notched three points (2+1) at Kingston on 11/10… Scored twice in a 4-3 loss to Sault Ste. Marie on 11/02… Netted goals in back-to-back games vs. Barrie on 10/26 and vs. Plymouth on 10/30… Had a season-long five-game point streak (2+5) from 10/04 to 10/14… Appeared in his 200th game for Saginaw against North Bay on 9/28… Opened the campaign on a three-game assist streak (0+3) from 9/20 to 9/27
2012-13: Completed his third season with the Saginaw Spirit (OHL), capturing career-highs in all offensive categories in goals (22), assists (26), points (48), penalty minutes (102), games played (68) and plus/minus (+12)… Added one goal in four playoff contests… Finished fifth on the team in goals, assists and points… Ranked seventh in the OHL with three short-handed goals… One of just four Spirit players to appear in all 68 regular-season games… Notched 12 multi-point games… Posted three consecutive multi-point outings between 1/05 and 1/12, including back-to-back three-point games (2+1) against Owen Sound on 1/05 and Plymouth on 1/09… Had a three-game point streak (1+3) from 12/15 to 12/29… Had a season-long five-game point streak (2+5) 10/20 to 11/03… 2011-12: Tallied 14 points (3+11) and racked up 76 PIM in 65 games for Saginaw… Posted a three-game assist streak (0+5) from 3/10 to 3/16 to close out the regular season… Collected five points (1+4) in 12 postseason appearances… 2010-11: Appeared in 62 games in his rookie season with the Spirit… Registered six points on four goals and two assists while piling up 49 PIM, helping Saginaw to a first-place finish in the West Division… Made his OHL playoff debut in Game 1 at Guelph on 3/25… Scored his first-career goal at Owen Sound on 10/29… Recorded his first point with an assist vs. Sudbury on 9/30… Made his OHL debut at Kitchener on 9/24… Notched one assist in 10 playoff games for Saginaw... INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Represented Ontario at the 2011 U-17 World Hockey Challenge… In five games at the WHC, had one assist with eight PIM for the gold medal-winning Ontario squad.