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SABRES INK PEKAR TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 17, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Buffalo selected Pekar (6’0”, 173 lbs., 2/2/2000) in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft in June. Through the first 10 games of his OHL career with the Barrie Colts, Pekar ranks second on the team with six goals and fourth among Colts players with 11 points.

Before joining Barrie, Pekar was named USHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 after he tied for the rookie league lead with 54 points (14+40) in 56 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks. His 40 assists led his team and ranked fourth among all USHL players. A native of Turnov, Czech Republic, Pekar also represented his country twice last season, helping the Czechs finish second at both the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship

SABRES ASSIGN TENNYSON TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 16, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned defenseman Matt Tennyson to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

The team has also activated defenseman Zach Bogosian from injured reserve.

SABRES CLAIM ELIE OFF WAIVERS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 2, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has claimed forward Remi Elie off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

Elie (6’1”, 215 lbs., 4/16/1995) was drafted by the Stars in the second round (40th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft and has combined to record 21 points (7+14) in 90 NHL games during the last two seasons. He has also recorded 46 points (16+30) in 121 career AHL contests and added nine points (2+7) in 19 AHL playoff games last season.

The Green Valley, Ontario native was a member of the OHL-Champion London Knights in 2013. In 195 career OHL games for the Knights, Belleville Bulls and Erie Otters, Elie combined to notch 161 points (66+95) and added 32 points (8+24) in 41 OHL playoff games.

SABRES ACQUIRE DOUGHERTY FROM PREDATORS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 1, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Nicholas Baptiste.

Dougherty (6’1”, 186 lbs., 5/25/1996) has spent each of the last two seasons playing for the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), where he appeared in 141 career AHL contests. Nashville’s second-round pick (51st overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Dougherty also appeared in three playoff games for the Admirals.

Before turning pro, Dougherty played one season for the Portland Winterhawks (WHL). In 68 games for Portland, the St. Paul, Minnesota native ranked second among team defensemen with 52 points (11+41). He also spent the 2014-15 season with the Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA), where he finished with nine points (2+7) in 33 games as a freshman. Dougherty recorded four points (2+2) in seven games as a member of the United States team that won the gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championship.

WILSON INJURY UPDATE

The Buffalo Sabres today announced forward Scott Wilson underwent successful surgery to repair an ankle fracture.

As a result of the surgery, Wilson is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks.