WASHINGTON - Erik Burgdoerfer's career has taken him from Bakersfield, Calif. to Oklahoma City, Okla. and back again. It took him back and forth between Hershey, Pa. and North Charleston, S.C. This season it took him to Rochester, and on Monday - finally - he'll represent his mother's hometown team in the Buffalo Sabres.
Burgdoerfer will follow Brendan Guhle as the second player in as many games to make his NHL debut on the back end for the Sabres when they play the Washington Capitals on Monday night. But unlike Guhle, who made his debut as a 19-year-old recall from junior hockey, Burgdoerfer has already played 480 professional games since 2010, including playoffs.
Burgdoerfer's mother, Jane, is a native of Western New York. When he received the call from Amerks coach Dan Lambert, Burgdoerfer admitted it was emotional.