Criscuolo signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers on Monday.
An undrafted center out of Harvard, Criscuolo registered six goals and 14 assists through 43 games for AHL Rochester last season. He's been limited to nine NHL contests -- all with Buffalo -- to date, and there's not a ton of room for him at the top level with two-way maven Sean Couturier, prolific newcomer Kevin Hayes, and 2017 second overall pick Nolan Patrick -- who is feverishly trying to fend off the draft-bust reputation -- occupying the top-nine. At best, Criscuolo will be a depth option in his new digs.
Criscuolo (upper body) was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Saturday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
It's been a rude awakening for Criscuolo, as he's been held pointless with a minus-4 rating through his first nine games at hockey's highest level. Listed at 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, there are questions as to whether the New Jersey native can withstand the rigors of the NHL, though he is quite fast. While Criscuolo doesn't have fantasy value at this time, Sabres fans may be interested to know that he's apparently healthy and back in the minor league.
Criscuolo (upper body) will be outf for up to six weeks.
Criscuolo left Monday's game after getting hit by Matt Martin and will likely be sidelined until April. The undersized forward was called up after a solid performance with AHL Rochester, but played just 4:29 before he was forced to leave the game. Signed as an undrafted free agent, Criscuolo has zero points in nine games this season. The Sabres are short on centers and may call up another forward. Seth Griffith has served as the extra forward and will likely draw back into the lineup Wednesday against Calgary.
Criscuolo is dealing with an injury and won't return to Monday's contest against Toronto, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
In the first period, Criscuolo was the recipient of a Matt Martin hit and left the game immediately, clutching his left shoulder. Unfortunately, this was the 25-year-old's first game since Dec. 2, and he was still looking for his first NHL point on the season. The severity of Criscuolo's injury is unknown, and if he isn't ready to go for Wednesday's tilt against Calgary, Buffalo might need to call up a center if Evan Rodrigues (upper body) hasn't received a clean bill of health.
Criscuolo was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday.
Criscuolo was pointless in eight games with the big club earlier this season, but he has racked up 15 goals and 34 points in 50 games for AHL Rochester. With Evan Rodrigues (upper body) possibly out for Monday's game against the Maple Leafs, Criscuolo will stand by for an opportunity to enter the lineup.
Criscuolo was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
In his eight appearances this season, Criscuolo averaged a mere 8:27 of ice time, which is likely why the team is making the move to have him join up with the Americans, where he should have no trouble getting minutes. The 25-year-old is still looking for his first career NHL point, but did accrue five shots, four PIM and a minus-4 rating.
Criscuolo was recalled from AHL Rochester on Thursday.
Last season with AHL Grand Rapids, Criscuolo tallied 17 goals and 24 helpers through 76 outings -- adding another nine points in the Calder Cup playoffs. Now with the Americans, the 25-year-old is off to a strong start with 11 points in just 14 games. If the Havard University product cracks the lineup in Buffalo, he would be making his NHL debut.
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