Phil Varone (C)
Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres on March 19, 2012.
2013-14: Appeared in nine games for the Buffalo Sabres (NHL), earning two points on one goal and one assist… Skated in 69 regular-season games with the Rochester Americans (AHL), setting career-highs in goals (18), assists (43), points (61) and penalty minutes (58)… Named the Amerks’ Most Valuable Player as voted on by his teammates… Also named Rochester’s Scoring Champion after finishing the regular season as the leader in points (61) and assists (43) for the second time in three years… Tied for third on the team with 18 goals… Ranked eighth in the AHL in assists and finished 14th overall among the league’s top point-getters… Placed tied for seventh with 23 power-play helpers… Added a team-high three assists in five playoff contests for Rochester… Collected two assists in Rochester’s season-ending 4-2 loss in Game 5 at Chicago on 5/04… Had a three-game point streak (2+2) from 4/13 to 4/18… Tallied his career-high 42nd assist in a 2-1 SO loss at Lake Erie on 4/13… Scored the shootout-deciding goal in a 4-3 SO win at Hamilton on 4/12 despite having his four-game point streak (2+4) snapped… Finished +3 and scored the game-winning goal with 43 seconds left in regulation to cap a dramatic comeback win at Toronto on 4/05… Set a new career-high for points in a season with 54 after a two-point effort (1+1) against Binghamton on 4/04, his 200th game as an Amerk… Also became the sixth Amerk this season to reach the 15-goal mark… Took a team-high eight shots at Toronto on 3/25… Appeared in his 200th professional game against Toronto on 3/14… Had a three-game point streak (2+4) from 3/07 to 3/09… Recorded three points (1+2) and scored the game-winner in a 5-3 win at Syracuse on 3/08… His first assist of the night was the 100th of his pro career… Had a three-game assist streak (0+4) from 2/27 to 3/02… Tallied two assists at Iowa on 2/27… Had a three-game point streak (4+2) from 2/16 to 2/21… Set a new single-season career-high in goals, scoring his 12th of the season while adding an assist vs. San Antonio on 2/21 to become the first Amerk to reach the 40-point mark… Marked his third straight multi-point outing… Netted his second straight overtime goal in a 3-2 win over Iowa on 2/19… Scored twice, including the game-winner 48 seconds into overtime, in 5-4 come-from-behind win over Texas on 2/16… Reassigned to Rochester on 2/07… Scored his first NHL goal against Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals on 1/28 (a 5-4 overtime loss for Buffalo)… Recorded his first NHL point with an assist in his NHL debut vs. the Carolina Hurricanes on 1/23… Skated 10:36 and notched two shots in Buffalo’s 5-3 loss… Earned his first career NHL recall from the Buffalo Sabres on 1/22… Had a three-game point streak (1+2) from 1/03 to 1/08… Registered a team-high four points (1+3) and 10 shots in three games for the Amerks during the 2013 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, including a pair of assists vs. Team Canada on 12/29… Scored the game-winning goal with 1:58 remaining in regulation against Lake Erie on 11/29… Collected three assists in a 6-3 win over Hamilton on 11/27… Recorded his 100th professional point with a goal vs. Binghamton on 11/08… Had an eight-game point streak (2+10) from 10/04 to 11/01, owning the longest assist streak and the second-longest point streak in the AHL over that span… Notched his fourth multi-point outing in five games with two assists at Syracuse on 11/01… Assisted on a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally, and was +2 against Utica on 10/19… Scored his first goal of the season and added an assist against Toronto on 10/18… Recorded an assist in his season debut vs. Grand Rapids on 10/04.
2012-13: 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.