Two New Amerks: Will Borgen and Judd Peterson

The Rochester Americans clinched a playoff position on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon added two college players to the roster, defenseman Will Borgen and forward Judd Peterson. They’ve both signed ATO’s (amateur tryouts) and will be eligible for the Amerks playoff run.

Will Borgen also signed an NHL entry level contract that will start in the 2018/2019 season.

Here’s info from the press release on Borgen:

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Will Borgen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Borgen will sign an ATO and report to the Rochester Americans (AHL). The entry-level contract will begin starting with the 2018-19 season.

Borgen (6’2”, 188 lbs., 12/19/1996) recently completed his NCAA career with St. Cloud State, collecting 41 points (5+36) in 106 games. The native of Moorhead, Minnesota was named the National College Hockey Conference’s Defensive Defenseman of the Year this season.

Borgen was one of four collegiate players to be named to the 2018 United States Olympic Men’s Hockey Team. The defenseman also captured a bronze medal with the U.S. team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Sabres selected Borgen in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.


Here’s info from the press release about Peterson:

Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team has signed forward Judd Peterson to an Amateur Tryout (ATO).

Peterson, 24, recently concluded a four-year collegiate career at St. Cloud State University (NCHC), where he finished with 65 points (37+28) in 151 games with the Huskies. This past season, Peterson scored six goals and added a career-high 12 assists in 40 games while helping the team to an NCHC championship as well as an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Peterson served as one of two team captains and was named a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award.

A two-time All-NCHC All-Academic selection, the 6-foot-0, 193-pound forward set career-highs in both goals (16) and points (23) while skating in 38 games as a sophomore. He finished the campaign ranked third among all St. Cloud forwards in goals and seventh in points.

Prior to attending St. Cloud University, the Duluth, Minn., native played two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) from 2012 until 2014. In 93 career games with the Roughriders, Peterson amassed 57 points on 27 goals and 30 assists.

Peterson was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.