Friday the Buffalo Sabres made yet another roster move, recalling 21-year-old forward William Carrier from the Rochester Americans.
Carrier has had an impressive start with Rochester, scoring four points (3G, 1A) in seven games. He has yet to make his NHL debut -- so the call up seems like it makes sense.
In response the Buffalo Sabres sent Western New York native Justin Bailey back to Rochester after a two-game stint with the organization.
The Sabres want to see what Carrier can bring at the NHL level. Bailey was put into a tough position during his most recent call up, playing very limited minutes on the fourth line with Derek Grant and Nick Baptiste. During his two games with the Sabres Bailey was on the ice less than any other player. I don't think he looked bad by any means, but he didn't stand out either, which is exactly what Bailey needed to do. Before the season is done Bailey will be back in Buffalo and the next time he gets called up he will need to do what he did when he was called up last season -- get shots off and generate chances.