News | 9/27/2011 5:34:29 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Photo: Erie Otters
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Rochester Americans have signed forward Phil Varone to a one-year American Hockey League (AHL) contract.
Varone, 20, recorded a career-high 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in just 59 games last season with London and Erie of the Ontario Hockey League. After beginning the season with London and scoring one goal in four games, he played the remainder of the year in Erie, scoring 81 points (33+48) in 55 games. His 82 points on the season ranked third on his team. He also registered 13 points (3+10) in seven postseason games with Erie.
The 5-foot-10, 186-pound Varone played five seasons in the OHL with Kitchener, London and Erie, finishing his junior career with 230 points (78+152) in 228 games. He also notched 34 points (14+20) in 26 career OHL playoff contests. Earlier this month, Varone skated for the Buffalo Sabres in the 2011 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, helping Buffalo to the tournament championship.