Samuels-Thomas is a 24 year-old West Hartford, Connecticut native who was drafted in 2009 by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (203rd pick). Since then he has spent time at both Quinnipiac and Bowling Green State University.
Samuels-Thomas is 6'3" and 195 pounds. In 34 games with Quinnipiac he compiled 29 points, consisting of 13 goals and 16 assists. He also compiled 46 penalty minutes.
In his time in college athletics, Samuels-Thomas totaled 104 points (50+54) and 162 penalty minutes in 138 games.
Samuels-Thomas has been described as a big body who has good hands.
"Samuels-Thomas is a power forward with size and skill," hockeysfuture.com states. "His biggest asset is his hands and working with the puck in tight situations. He can protect the puck and works hard down low. Also relishes the physical side of the game and is not averse to dropping the gloves."
While most believe Samuels-Thomas won't be much more than a third or fourth line winger, he projects as a depth forward who has he ability to swing momentum with a single play.
The Sabres will most likely place Samuels-Thomas in Rochester to see how he adapts to the professional rate of play.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL