Stafford (10/30/1985, 6-2,220 lbs) appeared in 79 games last season collecting NHL career-highs in goals (20), assists (25) and points (45). During the 2008-09 campaign, Stafford had 12 multi-point games and picked up his second career hat trick on January 12 against the Edmonton Oilers.
In three NHL seasons with Buffalo, Stafford has totaled 110 points (49+61) in 184 games.
The native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was selected by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL