The Buffalo Sabres have announced Thursday that they have re-signed towering center Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year deal worth $3.6 million with an annual average of $1.6 million. The 23-year-old centerman was selected 14th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres and has spent his entire career with the club.
What made Girgensons stand out was his top tier play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints where in 100 career games he put up 45 goals and 59 assists for 104 points. During the 2012-13 season, Zemgus made his pro debut for the Rochester Americans of the AHL. He would play a total of 61 games for the organization that year and in doing so put up six goals and 11 assists for 17 points.
In 2013-14 he made his debut with the Sabres appearing in 70 games for the team and not looking back as he would play the next three seasons with the club. And in doing so earned 37 goals and 49 assists for 86 points in 277 games. Last season was easily his poorest by far when he only managed to put up 16 points and finished the year with a minus seven rating.
Besides the NHL and AHL, Girgensons has also participated in the Olympic Winter Games for his home country of Latvia during the 2014 Olympics. He played five games in that tournament putting up a goal and an assist. And besides that tournament, he also won a D1/A Gold Medal during the 2010-11 U-20 World Junior Championship. Also during his time with the USHL, he helped lead the Fighting Saints to capture the Clark Cup in 2010-11 as well as appearing in the leagues All-Star game, another All-Star game he appeared in was the NHL’s in 2014-15.