Sabres assign third-round pick to Gladiators

The Gwinnett Gladiators were assigned defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc on Thursday by the Buffalo Sabres.

Gauthier-Leduc, 21, was a third round pick by the Sabres in the 2010 NHL draft. This season he has two goals and seven assists in 38 games with AHL Rochester, after he appeared in 48 games with the Amerks last season.

Prior to his time in the AHL, the Quebec City native played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons, where he posted career-highs in goals (28), assists (46) and penalty minutes (41) in his final year with Rimouski Oceanic.

The Gladiators play three games at home this week, starting today at 7 p.m. against Reading. The Royals remain in town for a tilt Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and South Carolina is here Sunday. This weekend is also the team’s specialty jersey event. Arctic camouflage jerseys were created for the “Puck Dynasty” theme and will be auctioned off after Sunday’s 2 p.m. game.