Amerks’ Jack Quinn found game late in playoffs, could graduate to Sabres

By the end of the Rochester Americans’ thrilling 10-game playoff run, winger Jack Quinn recaptured some of the slick form that made him a dynamic scorer during the regular season.

Three times in the final two games, including once in overtime of Wednesday’s season-ending, 6-5 loss to the Laval Rocket, Quinn, 20, had Cayden Primeau beaten but the puck hit the knob of the goalie’s stick or the post. On Monday, Quinn pumped a career-high eight shots on goal.

Ultimately, Quinn, one of the Buffalo Sabres’ top prospects, finished the Calder Cup Playoffs with a disappointing stat line: zero goals and two assists. In the three-game AHL North Division final, he mustered zero points.

“If we had extended the series, pucks were gonna start going in the net for him, it was just a matter of time,” Amerks general manager Jason Karmanos said on a Zoom call Friday.

Remember, Quinn registered 26 goals and 61 points in just 45 regular-season games, gaudy numbers that earned him AHL top rookie honors. He never went more than two outings without recording a point prior to the postseason.

“My game went through some struggles over the last month,” Quinn said on a Zoom call Thursday as the Amerks held end-of-season meetings. “I kind of wasn’t playing to the level I expected myself to be. But the last few games I thought I really found it and was kind of back to my expectations.…

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