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Buffalo Sabres Prospect Connor Knapp Signs with Philadelphia Flyers Organization

August 10th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect signed this week with the Philadelphia Flyers, evidently seeing the logjam Buffalo has at goalie and wanting to join a team with a clearer path to the NHL.

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Knapp signed an AHL contract with the Flyers and will begin the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The 24-year-old actually saw time in the NHL last season, but only because the Sabres were so decimated in net. The Sabres traded Ryan Miller and saw Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Matt Hackett all getting hurt near season's end. He began the year in the ECHL and went 0-3-0 with a 4.04 GAA for the Rochester Americans in three games. After his call-up to the NHL, he started once in a loss and made one relief appearance, posting a 3.12 GAA.

With Hackett, Nathan Lieiwen and Andrey Makarov all in the fold behind Enroth and Neuvirth, Knapp had his hands full just to avoid starting the season in the ECHL again. The 2009 sixth-round draft wasn't tendered an offer in July and left for Pennsylvania.

He grew up in Livingston, to the east of Buffalo.

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