Michael Sauer
Michael Sauer
Defenseman
NUMBER: 38
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
WEIGHT: 213
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 08/07/1987
BIRTHPLACE: St. Cloud, MN, USA
DRAFTED: NYR: 2005-40 overall

NHL CAREER
2011-12: Tallied his first goal of the season on Dec. 1 at Carolina. ... Recorded an assist in back to back contests on Nov. 11 vs. Carolina and Nov. 15 at N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed 63 games due to injury, including the final 58 games of the regular season due to a concussion sustained on Dec. 5 vs. Toronto. ... Tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 21:42 of ice time on Oct. 27 vs. Toronto, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous five games due to a shoulder injury sustained on Oct. 8. 2010-11: Led the Rangers and ranked fourth among NHL rookies with a plus-20 rating. ... The Rangers posted a record of 3-0-0 when he tallied a goal and 12-2-0 when he registered a point. ... Ranked sixth among NHL rookie defensemen with 78 hits and second with a plus-9 rating on the road. ... Tied for sixth among league rookies with 96 blocked shots. ... Tied for 11th among NHL defensemen in plus-minus rating. ... Tied for third among Rangers defensemen with three goals, and ranked third with 12 assists and 15 points. ... Notched his first career two-point game, including the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation, and was credited with a game-high-tying, five blocked shots in a 5-3 win vs. Boston on April 4. ... Tied his season-high with a plus-3 rating in a 7-0 win vs. Philadelphia on March 6. ... Tallied one assist and posted a career-high plus-3 rating vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 17. ... Recorded an assist on the game-tying goal and logged a career-high, 26:54 of ice time in a 3-2 shootout win at Atlanta on Jan. 22. ... Registered the game-winning tally with his first career goal, on the power play, in a 5-3 win at Ottawa on Dec. 9. ... Recorded his first career NHL point with the primary assist on Alex Frolov’s goal at 12:01 of the first period in a 3-2 win on Oct. 23 at Boston. ... Made his NHL playoff debut on April 13 at Washington, and tallied his first career playoff point with an assist on April 20 vs. Washington. ... Ranked fifth on the team in average icetime (23:16) and fourth in blocked shots (seven) during the playoffs. 2008-09: Made his NHL debut on March 24 vs. Minnesota after being recalled on March 23. ... Reassigned to Hartford on March 29.

AHL CAREER
2009-10: Tallied the game-winning goal for Hartford (AHL), on the power play, on Oct. 24 vs. Lowell. . ... Registered a shorthanded goal on Oct. 17 at Springfield. ... Missed the final 32 games of the season due to injury. 2008-09: Skated in 64 games Hartford, registering six goals and 17 assists for 23 points, along with 35 penalty minutes. ... Led the Wolf Pack and ranked third in the AHL in plus-minus rating (plus-29). ... Tied for second among Wolf Pack defensemen in goals. ... Ranked 10th on Hartford overall in assists. 2007-08: Appeared in 71 games with Hartford, registering four goals and seven assists for 11 points, along with 80 penalty minutes. ... Among Wolf Pack defensemen, finished third in penalty minutes (80) and tied for fifth in goals (four). ... Recorded his first career AHL multiple-point game on Jan. 16 vs. Worcester (one goal and one assist). ... Also skated in two playoff games for the Wolf Pack.

JUNIOR CAREER
Appeared in 227 career games with the Portland Winter Hawks and the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 19 goals and 59 assists for 78 points, along with 233 penalty minutes. ... In 37 career postseason contests, collected five goals and seven assists for 12 points, along with 42 penalty minutes. 2006-07: Appeared in 65 games with Portland and Medicine Hat, registering five goals and 18 assists for 23 points, along with 75 penalty minutes. ... Skated in 33 games with Portland, notching four goals and eight assists for 12 points, along with 46 penalty minutes. ... Posted a three-game scoring streak from Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, collecting four points over the span (two goals and two assists). ... Acquired by Medicine Hat on Dec. 27 from Portland in exchange for Lee Morrow and Patrick Weircoich. ... Appeared in 32 games with Medicine Hat, registering one goal and 10 assists for 11 points, along with 29 penalty minutes. ... Posted a three-game point scoring streak from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, scoring four points over the span (four assists). ... Skated in 23 postseason games with Medicine Hat, notching one goal and five assists, along with 34 penalty minutes, helping lead the Tigers to the WHL Championship. ... Ranked second on his team with a plus-11 rating in the post-season. ... Collected a pair of assists and posted a plus-three rating in a 7-2 win on Apr. 9 vs. Regina (Third Star). 2005-06: Played in 59 games with Portland, registering eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points, along with 68 penalty minutes. ... Ranked first among team defensemen in power play goals (four) and was second among Portland defensemen in goals (eight), assists (23) and points (31). ... Appeared in 12 postseason games for Portland, notching four goals and two assists for six points, along with eight penalty minutes. ... Ranked first on the team with four power play goals. ... Led team defensemen in postseason goals (four) and points (six).  2004-05: Appeared in 32 games with Portland, scoring two goals and 11 assists for 13 points, along with 10 penalty minutes. ... Ranked fourth among team defensemen in scoring with 13 points. ... Missed the majority of the second half of the season due to a hip injury. ... Selected to play in the 2005 CHL Top Prospects Game, but missed the game due to injury.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2005: Participated in the United States Junior Evaluation Camp.

BACKGROUND
Comes from a long line of professional athletes in his family, including his brother, Kurt, who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes (defenseman). His father, Curt, played professional baseball in the Minnesota Twins system, while his brother, Kent was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 1998 (fourth round, 88th overall), and brother, Craig, played linebacker for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings from 1996 to 2000. ... Is an avid freshwater fisherman. ... Lists Troy, 300 and Gladiator as his favorite movies. ... Is a fan of country music. ... Married: wife, Stacy; son, Landon.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
July 30, 2005 - Rangers' second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 2 (three times) (last -- Nov. 11, 2011, to Nov. 15, 2011) (two assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 1, (four times) (last -- Dec. 1, 2011, at Carolina) (Ward)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 1, (14 times) (last --  Nov. 15, 2011, at N.Y. Islandersy)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2 on April 4, 2011, vs. Boston

MOST PIM, GAME: 15 on Nov. 5, 2011, vs. Montreal

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 2 (16 times) (last -- Dec. 1, 2011, at Carolina)

FIRST NHL GAME: March 24, 2009, vs. Minnesota

FIRST NHL GOAL: Dec. 9, 2010, at Ottawa (Elliot)

FIRST NHL ASSIST:
Oct. 23, 2010 at Boston