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Sabres assign Luukkonen to Rochester

Goaltender has been recovering from successful offseason hip surgery

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been assigned to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Luukkonen underwent successful hip surgery in late April and has been rehabbing in Buffalo. 

The Finnish netminder was drafted in the second-round of the 2017 NHL Draft (54th overall) and has built up his resume with some impressive accomplishments ever since. 

He backstopped Team Finland to a gold-medal performance at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships and then wrapped up one of the greatest seasons by a goaltender in Ontario Hockey League history. 

After finishing first in wins (38), tied for first in shutouts (6), second in save percentage (.920) and third in goals-against average (2.50), he was named the OHL's Most Outstanding Player, becoming just the sixth goaltender and the first European import player to win the award.

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Luukkonen made his professional debut in Rochester's regular-season finale on April 14, making 32 saves to earn his first AHL win.

Over the summer, ranked him No. 2 on their list of the organization's top prospects.

The Amerks are 3-2-0-1 on the season and gained one point in their set of back-to-back games this past weekend. Goaltender Andrew Hammond has started five of the six games.

Rochester returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to host the Hershey Bears at Blue Cross Arena for the only time this season. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the 457th all-time meeting between the league's two oldest teams. It will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV. 

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