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11-20-2012, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Rammstein816 View Post
Maybe I'm looking too far into this, but is there any significance to the fact that MacKenzie says reassigned, as opposed to Schiestel saying loaned? Is it because MacKenzie has played in the ECHL before and Schiestel hasn't?
ECHL reads:
Add Matt MacKenzie, D assigned from Rochester (AHL) by Buffalo (NHL)
Add Drew Schiestel, D assigned by Rochester (AHL)
The games are relatively local so it could be a brief stint to get minutes for them as Greenville conveniently begins a three-game road trip in Elmira tomorrow and are at Reading and Trenton on Friday and Saturday respectively; conversely, Rochester only has one game – Friday at home – in the next seven days and they'd both be a scratch there. If it's not a long-term assignment, I could see one, probably not both, returning to Rochester after Saturday's game.

From Greenville's press release:
Today the Road Warriors announced they have signed defenseman Matt MacKenzie and Drew Schiestel and have traded Rob Kwiet to San Francisco for future considerations.

MacKenzie, a Buffalo Sabres third round pick in 2011, has played in nine games with the Rochester Americans this year in the AHL. During that span he has collected one assist and 23 penalty minutes. MacKenzie is no stranger to the ECHL having played five games with the Gwinnett Gladiators last season with two assists and 11 penalty minutes in his short stint. The 21 year old hails from New Westminster, British Columbia.

Schiestel, a Sabres second round pick in 2007, has played in 159 career AHL games dating back to the 2009 season. The Hamilton, Ontario native has played with the Portland Pirates, Texas Stars and Rochester. During that time the 23 year old defenseman has collected eight goals, 44 assists and 75 penalty minutes.

“Schiestel is very creative with the puck and is a great offensive defenseman,” said Head Coach Dean Stork. “MacKenzie is a steady, hard-nose blue liner that is a great shut down player. We are very excited to add both to our defense.”

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