Two Players Reassigned to Jackals from Rochester

Jackals Receive Vaclav Karabacek, Matt Lane from Amerks

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, proudly celebrating our 10th season in the ECHL, announced today that forwards Vaclav Karabacek and Matt Lane have been reassigned to the Jackals from the Amerks. The Jackals have also activated forward Mark Bennett from the 21-day IR. 

Vaclav Karabacek skating in a preseason game for the Buffalo Sabres.

Vaclav Karabacek skating in a preseason game for the Buffalo Sabres.


Karabacek, 20, is in his first professional season following a three-year career in the QMJHL. The Praha, Czech Republic native was selected in the 2nd round, 49th overall, by the Sabres in the 2014 NHL Draft. He did not appear in a regular-season game for the Amerks, but has skated in two preseason games with the Sabres.

The 6-foot, 195-pound forward had 117 points (56g, 61a) in 171 games in the QMJHL for Gatineau, Baie-Comeau and Moncton. He also added 32 points (16g, 16a) in 36 playoff games. He was on Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships in 2014, winning a silver medal and contributing six points (3g, 3a) in seven games. 


Lane, 22, is also in his first professional season, after completing a four-year career at Boston University. The Rochester native had 69 points (33g, 36a) and a +11 rating in 151 games for the Terriers from 2012 to 2016. He posted a career-high 28 points (14g, 14a) while serving as an alternate captain as a senior.


Prior to his collegiate career, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in the USHL.

Bennett, 25, is in his second season with the Jackals, but began the season on injured reserve and has not appeared in a game this season. The Oakville, Ontario native had 23 points (9g, 14a) in 54 games for the Jackals last season.

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