Former Terrier goaltender Jason Kasdorf’s dream has come true, as he signed his first NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres earlier this week. It is an entry level deal that will take him to the end of this season, at which point he will become a restricted free agent.
Kasdorf played for the Portage Terriers from 2009-2011 and posted a 2.53 GAA and a .912 save percentage in his final season. One of his shining moments was posting a shutout win in game 7 of the ANAVET Cup against LaRonge in 2011.
Kasdorf went on to play in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers for the 2011-12 season and most recently was playing in the NCAA division 1 for the RPI Engineers. Kasdorf was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets 157th overall in the 6th round in 2011, and was traded to the Buffalo Sabres this past season in the deal that also saw Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian leave Winnipeg.
Rensselaer Polytech. Inst. recently lost their quarter final match against Harvard on March 12th, ending their season. With one year left of college eligabilty, Kasdorf’s agent presented him with the offer from the Sabres, and he felt that it was the best move for him and his wife. He says he’s wanted this for a long time.
“It’s a dream come true, It’s what you work for everday. It’s what you dream about when you are a kid. Just thinking about the NHL it’s what you watch on TV every day. Being at this level it’s amazing just having this opportunity, I want to make the most of it, and learn as much as I can while I am up here.”
With 12 games left, he is hoping to see some action in the Sabres net.
“They said they would like to get me into a game, which would be really cool. They said there are no guarantees obviously I have to go out practice and do well and earn that game. I guess time will tell.”