Signed a three-year NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres on November 28, 2011.
2011-12: Appeared in five contests for the Buffalo Sabres, collecting 12 PIM over the course of three NHL recalls… Recorded six points (1+5) in a career-high 57 games for Rochester… Led the Amerks with 143 PIM, also a new career-high, and finished third among AHL rookies in that category… Ranked second among league freshmen with 33 minor penalties… Skated in all three postseason games with the Amerks… Made his Amerks playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Toronto on 4/19… Celebrated his 100th professional game with an assist on Paul Szczechura’s overtime game-winning goal at Binghamton on 3/17… Missed six games (2/08-2/19) with an injury, returning to the lineup against Hershey on 2/22… Missed two games (12/17-12/18) with an injury… Skated 7:51 and recorded one hit in his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on 12/02, a 4-1 Buffalo loss… Received his first-ever NHL recall from the Buffalo Sabres on 11/30… Signed a three-year NHL deal with the Buffalo Sabres on 11/28… Scored his first AHL goal on 11/18 vs. Toronto… Recorded his first point as an Amerk with an assist against Grand Rapids on 11/12… Racked up a game-high 10 PIM in two fights against Binghamton’s Francis Lessard on 11/04… Made his Amerks debut against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 10/13
2010-11: Played majority of the season with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL), recording a pro career-high eight points (1+7) and 74 PIM in 26 games… Appeared in four postseason games for the Stingrays… Skated in seven contests with the Hershey Bears (AHL), assisting on one goal… 2009-10: Played his first professional season in South Carolina, scoring one goal and earning three assists in 17 games… Suffered a season-ending hand injury against Gwinnett on 11/21… 2008-09: Made his professional debut for the Hershey Bears (AHL) against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 4/12… Finished his senior campaign at the University of North Dakota (WCHA) with 10 points on two goals and eight assists in 27 games for the Fighting Sioux… 2007-08: Named to All-WCHA Academic Team for second straight season... Appeared in all 43 games... Led the team in plus/minus (+24) for the second straight year... Achieved career-highs in goals (four), assists (11) and points (15)... Scored 14 of his 15 points and all four of his goals during WCHA games... Ranked sixth among WCHA defensemen in scoring during league play... Was a +5 in 6-2 win at St. Cloud State on 1/05... Put together a career-long three-point scoring streak (three assists) from 1/18 to 1/25... Had a season-high two assists against St. Cloud State on 3/08 for his lone multi-point game of the season... Scored the game-winning goal against Michigan Tech on 1/11… Earned third letter… 2006-07: Played in 41 of UND’s 43 games... Led team with a plus/minus rating of +19... Had one goal and three assists on the season ... Had career-high three points (all assists) for the first multi-point game of his career in a 7-2 win at St. Cloud State on 3/03... Named March 6 WCHA Defensive Player of the Week... Scored the first goal of his career on 1/06 at Colorado College; the goal was a power play goal and the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over CC... Had 32 penalties, second on the team to Kyle Radke’s 49... Finley’s 72 penalty minutes tied with Zach Jones for second-most on the team... Named WCHA All-Academic for first time in his career... One of league-tying high of 11 UND players named WCHA All-Academic... Earned second letter… 2005-06: Appeared in 43 games as a freshman... Tied for fifth on the team with a +18 plus/minus rating... Logged a plus or even plus/minus rating in 13 of his last 14 games... Ranked fourth on the team with 96 penalty minutes... Earned his first career points with an assist in back-to-back games at Minnesota Duluth 11/11-11/12... Made his collegiate debut on 10/08 vs. Miami (OH)... Earned first letter… 2004-05: Spent the 2004-05 season with Sioux Falls of the USHL... Played in 55 games and scored three goals (two power play) and had 10 assists for 13 points, while compiling 181 penalty minutes... Member of Team World in the 2005 USHL Prospects/All-Star game... Played two seasons for Edina (Minn.) High School