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Michael Leighton
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Michael Leighton  #49

NUMBER: 49 BIRTHDATE: May 19, 1981  (AGE 34)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Petrolia, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 186 DRAFTED: CHI / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 6th   (165th overall)
Career: Recorded 3 shutouts and allowed only 7 goals total in 2010 Eastern Conference Finals in 4-1 series win for PHI vs. MTL Has appeared in 354 career AHL games (171-144-29 overall record) with Adirondack, Albany, Philadelphia, Portland, Rochester & Norfolk Named an AHL 1st Team All-Star and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as league s Top Goaltender in 2007-08 after going 28-25-4 (2.10 GAA, .931 SV%) with Albany Named to AHL s All-Rookie Team in 2001-02 after going 27-16-0 (2.14 GAA, .920 SV%) with Norfolk Became 1st goalie in CHI history to record a shutout in his NHL debut on 1/8/03 vs. PHX (31 saves, 0-0 tie)... Earned 1st NHL win (w/CHI) on 4/3/03 at STL (41 saves, 6-4 W)... Spent 3 seasons (1998-2001) in OHL with Windsor, winning 53 of his 100 decisions (3.30 SV%, .893 SV%). 2012-13: Appeared in 2 games with Adirondack (AHL), going 1-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and a.933 SV%. 2011-12: Went 28-26-1 (2.58 GAA, .918 SV%) with 2 shutouts in 56 appearances with Adirondack (AHL).
AHL All-Rookie Team (2002) AHL First All-Star Team (2008) Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (AHL Outstanding Goaltender) (2008) Traded to Buffalo by Chicago for Milan Bartovic, October 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 13, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Anaheim, November 27, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Nashville, January 11, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from Philadelphia, February 27, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Montreal for Carolina's 7th round choice (Scott Kishel) in 2007 Entry Draft, June 23, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Carolina, December 15, 2009. Traded to Columbus by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 3rd round choice in 2015 Entry Draft for Steve Mason, April 3, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), August 19, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Socchi (KHL), May 27, 2014.
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It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.

— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process