KREBS EXCITED FOR WHAT'S AHEAD WITH AMERKS AND SABRES ORGANIZATIONNov 5, 2021
By Suzie Cool
Yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres acquired forwards Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, a top-10 protected 2022 first-round pick, and a 2023 second-round pick from the Vegas Golden Knights as part of a blockbuster trade that sent former Sabres captain Jack Eichel to Sin City along with a 2023 third-round pick.
Shortly after the announcement was made, Krebs was reassigned to the Rochester Americans, a move that was made by design with the intention of continuing his development and allowing him the opportunity to settle into his new organization. After a crazy 24-hour period for the 20-year-old, it’ll be a quick turnaround for Krebs to get acclimated with his new team ahead of HIS Amerks debut tonight against the Toronto Marlies.
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Krebs participated in the optional morning skate at The Blue Cross Arena earlier today and Amerks head coach Seth Appert discussed how they’ll be throwing him into the lineup immediately.
“We’ll have him on a line with (Michael) Mersch to start the game,” said Appert, whose team has won five of its last six coming into tonight.
Appert then went on to add, “I think the biggest thing is we just want him to go out there and play free, don’t overthink. You’re not going to know everything in day one and that’s okay. Go be yourself, be competitive, play fast, play to your identity as a player and then we’ll just keep building from there.”
Krebs comes to Rochester with an impressive resume, stemming from his illustrious junior career to his short stint at the professional level. In 2020-21, Krebs was named the Western Hockey League’s Player of the Year after leading the league in assists (30) and points (43) in 24 games during his third year as captain of the Winnipeg Ice. He recorded 231 points (62+169) in 199 career WHL games.
Additionally, the Calgary, Alberta, native won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also served as Canada’s team captain and tied for the team lead with 10 points at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship.
His addition not only gives the Amerks more depth at center, but Rochester’s current roster features a trio of former first-round picks in he (17th overall in 2019), Jack Quinn (eighth overall in 2020) and Mark Jankowski (21st overall in 2012).
“I think I’m a fast, two-way centerman. I think I’ve got some skill that I for sure try to utilize and my hockey IQ I try to utilize that to make plays,” said Krebs. “Being not a taller guy, but not a smaller guy, I think just playing smart all areas of the rink and doing my things out there,” stated Krebs when asked to describe his style of play.
Over the last two seasons in the Golden Knights organization, Krebs has combined for 20 games and 11 points (1+10) between Henderson and Vegas with his lone goal coming with the Silver Knights back on Feb. 8, 2021 against the Ontario Reign.
Krebs began the 2021-22 campaign with five assists in two games with Henderson before a recent nine-game stint with the Golden Knights.
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While the young forward does want to get back to the NHL at some point, however, he’s happy to just be playing hockey and he’s looking forward to his first game in the Flower City.
“I was thinking about it last night. I want to obviously be in Buffalo, you know, and play in the NHL, but at the end of the day I’m just happy to play hockey each and every day.”
Krebs then went on to add, “Whether it’s here or there, I’m excited every day to come to the rink. Like I said, everyone here has been amazing and I’m looking forward to playing tonight.”