Evan Rodrigues is doing something that Buffalo Sabres call-ups simply don't do.
In his first three games since arriving from Rochester, Rodrigues has two goals and three points. That's an impressive start anywhere. In Buffalo, it's especially noteworthy.
The shuttle from Rochester to Buffalo has been busy since the start of the 2015-16 season. The Sabres have called up 17 forwards, giving them a combined 227 games.
They've responded with just 24 goals and 21 assists.
If Rodrigues can extend his point streak to three straight games Tuesday when Buffalo hosts Ottawa, he'll become the first recalled player to do so during the three-season slump.
"For my first three games of the year here, it's nice to step in and play good minutes right away," Rodrigues said Monday in KeyBank Center. "That definitely gives me a pat on the back and a little bit more confidence to just go out, play my game and believe in myself. If I play the right way, good things will happen."
After failing to record a point in his season debut, Rodrigues earned an assist Friday in Chicago and scored both goals during Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss in St. Louis. He centered for Scott Wilson and Sam Reinhart and skated 16:29, including 4:22 on the power play. He's on the penalty-kill unit, too.
"Evan's been terrific since he's been back," coach Phil Housley said. "It's good to have him down the middle contributing, more than just scoring goals."
Scoring matters, though, especially for guys coming up from Rochester. They're not expected to take over the top line, but any production is nice.
Instead, the Sabres have seen little to no offense from the likes of Cal O'Reilly (three goals, five assists in 31 games), William Carrier (five goals, three assists in 41 games), Justin Bailey (four goals, three assists in 39 games), Tim Schaller (one goal, two assists in 17 games), Dan Catenacci (no points in 11 games) and Kyle Criscuolo (no points in eight).
Rodrigues is on the list, too. After starting last season with the Amerks, he recorded four goals and two assists in 30 games with Buffalo.
The 24-year-old looks like a new man this year.
"I have a lot more confidence this year compared to last year," Rodrigues said. "They're giving me a good chance, and I just have to take full advantage of it and continue to believe in myself and continue to put in the work. If I do that, I think I'll have a good year."
Rodrigues had a chance to make the opening-night roster, but it disintegrated when he suffered a broken hand Sept. 22 during the third preseason game. He finally opened the season Nov. 17 in Rochester, and he recorded five goals and 10 points in eight games.