Kevin Porter (C)
Signed a two-year NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent on July 6, 2012.
2012-13: Recorded nine points (4+5) and 10 PIM in 31 NHL appearances for Buffalo… Averaged 15:13 of ice time per game and won 40.2% of his face-off attempts… Played majority of the season in Rochester, appearing in 48 games with the Amerks… Finished second on the team in assists (29) and points (44) while ranking tied for third in goals (15)… Led all Amerks forwards with a +8 on-ice rating and averaged .92 points-per-game… Tallied 12 multi-point outings, including a team-high four three-point games… Notched his 100th pro assist against Montreal on 4/11… Scored his first two goals as a Sabre, including a short-handed marker, at Pittsburgh on 4/02… Registered his first point as a Sabre with an assist at Philadelphia on 3/10… Made his Sabres debut in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on 2/21, finishing with four penalty minutes and 14:34 of ice time… Earned his first recall from the Buffalo Sabres on 2/21… Scored a goal and added a pair of assists while finishing +3 at Abbotsford on 2/06… His second-period goal was his 42nd point of the season, establishing a new single-season AHL career-high… Set a new single-season AHL career-high with his 26th assist of the season at Syracuse on 2/02… Had a five-game point streak (3+9) from 1/18 to 2/02 and picked up three multi-point games during the stretch… Collected three points (1+2), including the game-winning goal, and was +2 against Toronto on 2/01… Registered three shots in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game as the Western Conference All-Stars earned a 7-6 win and a two-event sweep over the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic… Participated in three events in the 2013 AHL All-Star Skills Competition, helping the Western Conference All-Stars to a 12-11 win over the Eastern Conference All-Stars… Earned first star honors after a three-point effort (1+2) against Hamilton on 1/21… Named to the Western Conference All-Star Team for the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, RI… Had a three-game point streak (1+3) from 1/09 to 1/12… Assisted on a pair of goals against Hamilton on 1/11… Notched his 100th career AHL point as part of a three-point game (1+2) at Abbotsford on 1/04… Collected two points (1+1) in Rochester’s 7-6 win at Lake Erie on 12/13… Recorded his first multi-goal (2+0) game of the season, scoring on the power-play and again shorthanded against Adirondack on 12/07 to earn first start honors… Notched a pair of assists and was +2 at Hamilton on 11/14… Had a three-game point streak (3+1) from 10/26 to 11/02… Registered his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 10/26… Had a three-game point streak (1+2) from 10/16 to 10/20… Scored his first goal as an Amerk in a 3-1 loss to Binghamton on 10/16… Skated in his 100th AHL game at Toronto on 10/13… Made his Amerks debut and notched his first point as an Amerk against Syracuse on 10/12… Named team captain on 10/09
2011-12: Appeared in 35 games with the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), scoring four goals and adding three assists for seven points… Ranked fourth on the team with a 12.5 shooting percentage (four goals on 32 shots)… Averaged 9:10 of ice time per game and won 30.4% of his faceoff attempts… Notched a goal on his 26th birthday vs. Anaheim on 3/12… Logged a season-high 14:25 of ice time at Dallas on 1/14… Recorded points in three straight games (12/27-12/31), matching a career-long scoring streak… Netted goals in back-to-back contests (12/27-12/29)… Served a four-game suspension from 12/08 to 12/15… 2010-11: Established NHL career-highs in games (74), goals (14), assists (11) and points (25) in his first full season with the Avalanche… Scored three game-winning goals, tied for second most on the team… Ranked fifth on the club in goals, seventh in games (tied) and 10th in points… Was on the Avalanche’s Opening Night roster and dressed in six of Colorado’s first 11 games… Was reassigned to Lake Erie (AHL) on Oct. 30 but did not appear in any games with the Monsters before being recalled on Nov. 5… Tallied a career-high two goals in his first game after re-joining the Avs on 11/06 vs. Dallas… Went on to produce five goals, including three game-winners, and was +8 in his first seven games after his recall from 11/06 to 11/19… Potted a goal in three straight games from 11/15 to 11/19, the longest goal streak of his NHL career… Scored the overtime game-winner on 11/17 vs. San Jose, his first career OT goal… Notched the winning goal in the shootout on 11/20 at Dallas… Attempted his first career penalty shot on 1/18 vs. Vancouver (unsuccessful)… Appeared in his 100th NHL game on 2/09 at Minnesota… 2009-10: Split the season between the Avalanche and Coyotes organizations… Was acquired from Phoenix along with Peter Mueller at the trade deadline on 3/03… Following the trade, was assigned to Lake Erie (AHL) and tallied one goal in four games with the Monsters… Recalled by the Avalanche on 3/10, Porter appeared in each of the final 16 games for Colorado, scoring two goals with one assist… Scored his first career short-handed goal on 3/27 at Phoenix… Collected 41 points (16+25) in 56 combined AHL games between the Monsters and San Antonio Rampage, setting career-highs in goals, assists, points and games played… Opened the year with San Antonio, where he tallied 40 points (15+25) in 52 contests… Was recalled by the Coyotes on four occasions, appearing in four total games with Phoenix (no points)… 2010 PLAYOFFS: Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, appearing in four of Colorado’s six postseason games… Skated in his first NHL playoff contest in Game 1 of the WCQF at San Jose on 4/14… Missed Games 3-4 after leaving Game 2 at San Jose on 4/16 due to an upper body injury… Returned for Game 5 on 4/22… 2008-09: Appeared in 34 games for the Coyotes during his rookie season, collecting five goals and five assists… Two of his five goals with Phoenix were game-winners… Also played in 42 games for San Antonio (AHL), where he registered 35 points (13+22) and a team-leading +7 plus/minus rating… Made his NHL debut and collected his first NHL point (assist) on 10/11 vs. Columbus… Also had an assist in his second career game on 10/12 at Anaheim… Scored his first NHL goal on 10/30 vs. Pittsburgh… 2007-08: Captured the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate player as a senior at the University of Michigan (CCHA)… Finished second in the nation (behind former Buffalo Sabre Nathan Gerbe) with 63 points (33+30) in 43 games… Led Michigan to the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four (held at Pepsi Center) while serving as team captain… Named the CCHA Player of the Year… Also a member of the RBK West All-America First Team and the All-CCHA First Team… Selected as the University of Michigan’s Male Athlete of the Year… Set an NCAA Tournament record by scoring four goals in an East Regional Semifinal win over Niagara on 3/28 in Albany, NY… Signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on April 14, 2008… Made his professional debut during the 2008 postseason with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL)… Appeared in all seven playoff games for San Antonio Rampage, recording four assists… 2006-07: Skated in 41 games for the University of Michigan, collecting 58 points (24+34)… Shared the team lead in goals and was second in both assists and points… Named to the All-CCHA Second Team… Named the CCHA Player of the Month for November… 2005-06: Increased his point total by 14 points during his sophomore season… Recorded 38 points (17+21) and 30 PIM in 39 games for Michigan… 2004-05: Registered 24 points (11+13) and a career-high 51 PIM in 39 games as a freshman at Michigan to finish second among team rookies in scoring… 2003-04: Played 55 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, recording 37 points (8+29)… 2002-03: Collected 20 points (9+11) in 19 games for the U.S. National Under-17 Team… Appeared in 53 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, recording 31 points (20+11)… INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Served as captain of Team USA at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver, leading the Americans to a fourth-place finish… Recorded six points (2+4) in seven games and was named Team USA’s best forward by his teammates… Also represented the United States at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, registering five points (3+2) in seven contests… Scored in the bronze medal game against the Czech Republic… Earned a silver medal with Team USA at
the 2004 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Belarus… Recorded eight points (2+6) in six games to rank second on the team in scoring… Also competed for the United States at the 2003 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, collecting two assists in six games.