BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The last 12 months have not gone exactly as planned for Sabres prospect Corey Tropp, but he is back in Sabres camp trying to make it all worthwhile.
Because of the NHL lockout, he was forced to start last season in the minors, and promptly suffered a severe knee injury. He spent the rest of the season rehabbing, making it back ahead of schedule to play in the Amerks' final games.
For a player who was expecting to play in the NHL last year, it was a frustrating chain of events.
"To see all that work kind of go out the back door in probably 13 minutes of playing time, it was a tough pill to swallow," said Tropp.
Despite the setback, Tropp tried to stay positive, setting himself up for another NHL shot this season.
"I just tried to approach my rehab like it was my season," said Tropp.
He is molding himself after players like Steve Ott, trying to provide both grit and scoring to earn a roster spot.
Tropp will be in the lineup tonight, as the Sabres take on Carolina at First Niagara Center.
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