Amerks’ Peyton Krebs thriving in AHL playoffs after long stint with Sabres

ROCHESTER – Having last experienced the postseason in 2017, when he was playing midget hockey at home in Calgary, Peyton Krebs wanted this opportunity badly.

Krebs, 21, has performed dynamically for the Americans this month, showcasing his elite playmaking skills and compiling an AHL-high eight assists during the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Following a successful 48-game stint with the Buffalo Sabres, the center has buoyed the Amerks’ first postseason run since 2005, returning to the AHL flush with confidence.

But Krebs’ brief and prolific AHL career – counting the playoffs, he has compiled 33 points in just 31 games – could end tonight if the Amerks lose the decisive Game 5 of the North Division semifinal in Utica.

The Amerks grabbed a 2-1 series before the Comets roared back in Game 4 on Tuesday, winning 4-2 at Blue Cross Arena.

“I believe in this group, and we’ll come up big here next game,” Krebs said Tuesday after being held pointless for just the second time in six postseason games.

That Krebs, who returned to the Amerks when Buffalo’s season ended, would embrace his assignment to the AHL isn’t surprising. Since arriving from the Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 4 in the Jack Eichel trade, he has often spoken about how comfortable he has grown in the organization.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from,” Krebs said May 1 as the Sabres held end-of-season meetings at KeyBank Center. “You’re going…

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