March 31, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. -
Providence College men's hockey senior forward Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schaller plans to graduate this spring before joining the Sabres organization and reporting to Buffalo's development camp in July.
Schaller, named the 2013 Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year, played in all 38 games for the Friars this past season. An assistant captain, he scored eight goals and added 15 assists for 23 points – tied for the second highest point total on the team. He recorded a career high five-point game (1-4-5) in a 6-2 win against Northeastern (Feb. 22) and he also scored the overtime game-winning goal at Merrimack (Nov. 30).
Most recently, Schaller scored the game-tying goal against New Hampshire in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals (March 17). All told, he recorded five multi-point games this past season and had two power-play goals.
A two-way center who made his impact felt in all zones, Schaller blocked 25 shots this past season and posted a +6 rating. In Hockey East play, Schaller was a +10, which ranked ninth-best in League play. He was just the second Friar all-time to earn Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year honors (Travis Dillabough 1997).
Schaller suited up for 131 games as a Friar, scoring 29 goals and adding 39 assists for 68 career points. He was a part of the recent Friar turnaround that saw Providence appear in the Hockey East semifinals in back-to-back years for the first time since doing so in 1995 and 1996.