The Buffalo Sabres had planned to send down Tropp to their AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans, but he had to clear waivers first – he was being sent down because the Sabres had just picked up Matt D’Agostini off waivers and needed to make room.
Tropp is 24 years old and is from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. He made his first NHL appearance for the Sabres in the 2011-12 season, playing 34 games – he scored 3 goals, and added 5 assists. Previously, Tropp made an impression in Portland for the Sabres former AHL affiliate – scoring 10 goals, 30 assists for 40 points in 76 games for the Pirates.
A severe knee injury saw him miss most of the 2012-2013 season, but Tropp had time to recoup over the offseason and found himself playing 9 games for Buffalo so far this season, only producing 1 assist and ending his time there with a minus 8. He also suffered a jaw injury this season, which sidelined him for most of October.
Tropp was selected 89th overall (3rd round) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Buffalo. He is a 6 foot tall, 185 pound energy creating machine, and he will fit in perfectly with the Blue Jackets style of play. I would even go as far as comparing him to Cam Atkinson, subtract some skill though, and add more grit – both even line-up on the right wing.