Buffalo, NY (WKBW.com) - Gritty forward Steve Ott was introduced on Thursday as one of the newest members of the Buffalo Sabres. The 6'0" forward was acquired earlier this month in a trade with the Dallas Stars for center Derek Roy.
Ott has only been in town a couple of days but says Buffalo already "feels like home", and his style of play should identify well with Sabres fans. Ott scored 11 goals, and had 39 points for the Stars in 2011-2012 but it's his hard nosed work ethic as an agitator that will likely set him apart. Ott had 156 penalty minutes in 74 games last season, and also was near the top of the league with 278 hits.
"I want to help make the team harder to play against", said Ott on Thursday. "I hold myself accountable to perform my best each night with a hard work ethic. That's my mentality", Ott continued.
"It's a hard game, a physical game and that is the game he plays", said Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff. "He is a prototypical style Buffalo player. He brings his work ethic and his tremendous attitude with him".
Ott has played left wing for most of his NHL career but has really established himself as a solid option in the face-off circle. Ruff says he will be counted on to win important draws in key situations. Ott will wear number 9.