Jacob Bryson ’16 made his National Hockey League debut with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, February 24, and played a major part in the team’s 4-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils.
Bryson, a fourth-round pick by the Sabres in 2017, played a team-high 7 minutes and 24 seconds in the first period and finished the game with a plus-2 rating and a total of 17 minutes and 59 seconds of ice time. He came within inches of scoring a goal during the first period when he joined the rush and took a shot that hit the post.
Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger had this to say about Bryson in his post-game interview on NHL.com:
“He’s a really smart player, so we weren’t surprised. There were times he still needed to correct the speed with which things happen, the gaps and how hard they are to get in the NHL. But with the puck, we liked his confidence throughout. He participated in the game without any fear. Just another good find for us on the defense, where we’re going to need depth moving forward. It was encouraging to see that today.”
At Loomis, Bryson helped the Pelicans win the Founders League and the Avon Old Farms Hockey Christmas Classic during the 2014–15 season and reach their first-ever Stuart/Corkery Elite Eight Tournament.
At Providence College, Bryson was a Hockey East First Team All-Star and an NCAA East Second Team All-American in 2019. He was a Hockey East Second Team All-Star in 2018.
The Sabres will face off against the Devils again on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on MSG Network.