2006-07: Michael Sauer spent quite a bit of his junior hockey career recovering from injuries. It was only in his final season that he played almost the entire year. A very athletic and able defenseman, Michael is the brother of NHLer Kurt Sauer, a veteran blueliner now with the Phoenix Coyotes. After a very impressive Fall 2007 Rangers’ training camp, Sauer spent his first professional season with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack’s, at times playing on the team’s top defensive pair. He played well, but injuries have continued to plague Sauer into his professional career.
2007-08: During the season, he missed games due to post-concussive symptoms, as well as a knee injury, which required surgery, which will delay the start of his 2008-09 season.
A very good skater, who has excellent vision and passing abilities, Sauer has a very good work ethic and will not panic with the puck. He needs to improve his strength on the puck, adjust to the speed of the professional game, become more physical and stay healthy to develop into a regular NHL player.
Sauer comes from excellent hockey bloodlines, and is a very hard worker on the ice. Eager to learn, his junior and professional careers have been marred by injury. A potential second pairing defensive defenseman, a healthy Sauer is at least one and maybe two seasons away from being NHL-ready.