Justin Kea (C)
Buffalo Sabres’ third-round selection (73rd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
2014-15: Scored two goals and racked up 56 PIM in 26 games with the Rochester Americans (AHL)… Appeared in 35 games with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL), adding 12 points on five goals and seven assists… Netted the lone goal in a 5-1 loss at Toronto on 4/11… Scored his first goal as an Amerk at Utica on 3/20… Racked up a team-high 20 PIM, including two fighting majors, at Lake Erie on 2/24… Assigned to Rochester on 2/16… Reassigned to Elmira on 1/22… Assigned to Rochester on 12/27… Reassigned to Elmira on 11/28… Made his Amerks season debut against Utica on 11/21… Notched 12 points (5+7) in 35 games for Elmira in between AHL call-ups… Assigned to Rochester on 11/20… Collected five points (2+3) over a four-game point streak from 11/08 to 11/19 prior to his recall… Picked up a goal and added an assist for his first career multi-point game in a 4-1 win over Evansville on 11/15… Recorded an assist in a 3-2 win over Brampton on 10/31… Scored his first pro goal in a 6-5 loss to Reading on 10/24… Registered his first professional point with an assist in his ECHL debut against Kalamazoo on 10/17… Reassigned to Elmira on 10/15… Assigned to Rochester on 10/12… Reassigned to Elmira Jackals by the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) on 10/10
2013-14: Appeared in one regular season game with the Amerks… 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.