- Sabres Acquire Samuels-Thomas - sabres.nhl.com (July 9, 2014)
- Jordan Samuels-Thomas Acquired By Buffalo Sabres by Tim Redinger, SabreNoise.com (July 9, 2014)
Former Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey stand-out Jordan Samuels-Thomas was traded by the NHL's Winnipeg Jets to the Buffalo Sabres. Samuels-Thomas scored his 100th career point as a member of the Bobcats in 2013-14.
Samuels-Thomas was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets, in the seventh round (203rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. Winnipeg will receive a conditional seventh round pick in next year's draft in exchange for Samuels-Thomas. Samuels-Thomas started his collegiate career at Bowling Green State before transferring to Quinnipiac prior to the start of his junior year in 2011-12. After sitting out a season, Samuels-Thomas suited up for the Bobcats in 2012-13, helping Quinnipiac to its first NCAA Frozen Four in program history, and an appearance in the 2013 NCAA National Championship Game.
At BGSU, Samuel-Thomas led the Falcons in scoring as a freshman and sophomore scoring 20 goals and assisting on 26 more for 46 points in 71 games over two seasons. In 2012-13, Samuels-Thomas made an immediate impression in his much-anticipated debut with the Bobcats when he scored the game-winner in Quinnipiac's 2-1 season-opening win at Maine on Oct. 6, 2012. "JST", a moniker bestowed upon the student-athlete by the Quinnipiac community, went on to lead Quinnipiac with a team-best 17 goals to go along with 12 assists for a career-best 29 points. That season, he also led Quinnipiac in power play (7) and game-winning (5) goals.
Last season, Samuels-Thomas scored 13 goals and assisted on 16 more for 29 points. He finished his collegiate career with 104 points on the strength of 50 goals and 54 assists in 148 career games, including 30 goals and 28 assists in 77 games at Quinnipiac.