Jackals receive trio from Rochester


ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced that forwards Justin Kea and Kevin Sundher and defenseman Brady Austin have been reassigned to Elmira from Rochester by Buffalo.

Kea, 20, returns to the Jackals after appearing in one game with Rochester. The 6-foot-4 205-pound forward has recorded eight points (3g-5a) in 13 games with Elmira. The Woodville, Ontario native was selected in the third round (7rd3 overall) by the Sabres in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the last four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Saginaw Spirit, recording 117 points (51g-66a) and 324 penalty minutes in 253 career games.

Sundher, 22, brings 111 games of AHL experience to Elmira. The Surrey, British Columbia native has recorded one assist in 13 games with Rochester this season and he has registered 34 points (10g-24a) in his professional career. Sundher did appear in one preseason game for the Jackals and notched a goal. The 5-foot-11 195-pound forward was selected in the third round (75th overall) by Buffalo in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Austin, 21, joins the Jackals blueline after skating in 13 games for Rochester this year. The 6-foot-4 225-pound defenseman recorded one assist and 10 penalty minutes with the Americans. Prior to turning pro, Austin completed five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League split between London, Belleville and Erie. The Bobcaygeon, Ontario native recorded 110 points (29g-81a) and 194 penalty minutes in 322 OHL games. Austin was selected by the Sabres in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.