SABRES ACQUIRE HICKEY FROM COYOTES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 14, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Brandon Hickey from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Hudson Fasching.

Hickey (6’2”, 201 lbs., 4/13/1996) recorded 14 points (6+8) in 35 games as the team captain in his senior season at Boston University in 2017-18, helping lead the Terriers to their second Hockey East championship during his tenure. The Edmonton, Alberta native finished his collegiate career with 54 points (21+33) in 147 games.

Selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round (64th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Hickey has also represented Canada internationally, appearing in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland and the 2018 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

The Sabres have also acquired forward Mike Sislo as part of the deal.

SABRES INK LUUKKONEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 14, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Luukkonen (6’4”, 198 lbs., 3/9/1999) spent the bulk of the season playing professionally for Leki (Mestis) of Finland’s second division. In 24 games for Leki in 2017-18, he posted an 11-11-2 record and finished seventh in the league with a .909 save percentage. The Espoo, Finland native also represented his country at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

Buffalo’s second-round pick (54th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Luukkonen was rated the No. 1 European goaltender by NHL Central Scouting in 2017. During his 2016-17 campaign, Luukkonen backstopped HPK (Finland Jr.) to a championship with the league’s best goals-against average in both the regular season (1.78) and the postseason (2.01).

SABRES SIGN ASPLUND TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 23, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Rasmus Asplund to a three-year, entry level contract.

Asplund (5’11”, 176 lbs., 12/3/1997) posted career-high totals in goals (8) assists (20) and points (28) in 50 games during his third full season with Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in 2017-18. The Filipstad, Sweden native played in parts of four total SHL seasons, posting 62 points (20+42) in 170 career games.

Buffalo’s second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Asplund also represented Sweden internationally in two legs of the Euro Hockey Tour last season, appearing in the Karjala Tournament in Finland and the Carlson Hockey Games in the Czech Republic. He previously appeared in two World Junior Championships with Sweden and served as his team’s captain at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship.

SABRES, PILUT AGREE TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Lawrence Pilut to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Pilut (5’11”, 179 lbs., 12/30/1995) led all Swedish Hockey League defensemen with 38 points (8+30) in 52 games for HV71 last season and was named the 2017-18 SHL Defenseman of the Year. He also ranked fifth in the league in assists and 13th in points.

A native of Tingsryd, Sweden, Pilut recorded 71 points (15+56) in 191 career SHL games, all for HV71. He also represented Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he scored two goals and added two assists in eight games.

SABRES SIGN NELSON TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 2, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $812,500.

Nelson (6’1”, 185 lbs., 7/18/1992) appeared in a career-high 37 games with the Sabres during his third NHL season in 2017-18. He recorded eight points (3+5) and eight penalty minutes while averaging 18:47 of ice time per game.

Through three seasons with the Sabres, Nelson has totaled 12 points (3+9) and 20 penalty minutes in 55 games. The Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin native has added 32 points (9+23) in 98 AHL games with the Rochester Americans.