Category Archives: News Release

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.

SABRES SIGN VICTOR OLOFSSON

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 24, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Victor Olofsson to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Olofsson (5’11”, 173 lbs., 7/18/1995) recently completed his second season with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League, where he posted a career-best 43 points, including a league-high 27 goals in 50 regular-season games.

Selected by the Sabres in the seventh round (181st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Olofsson has totaled 117 points (60+57) through parts of five SHL seasons with Frölunda and MODO Hockey. During his three full seasons in the league (2015-16 to 2017-18), the Örnsköldsvik, Sweden native has recorded 99 points (50+49) in 150 regular-season games.

SABRES SIGN FORWARD ANDREW OGLEVIE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 11, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Andrew Oglevie to a two-year, entry-level contract.

As a junior at the University of Notre Dame in 2017-18, Oglevie (5’10”, 180 lbs., 2/16/1995) served as an alternate captain and ranked second among Fighting Irish skaters with 39 points (15+24), leading the team in goals for the second straight year. He finished his collegiate career by earning a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team after leading all skaters with seven points (3+4) in four games in the tournament.

A native of Fullerton, California, Oglevie totaled 89 points (41+48) in 107 regular-season games with Notre Dame. He was named as the team’s most improved player following a sophomore season in which he posted career-high totals in goals (21) and points (41).