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SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH MATTIAS SAMUELSSON

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with defenseman Mattias Samuelsson on a three-year, entry-level contract.

“We are very pleased with Mattias’ growth both at Western Michigan and on the international stage. He possesses a unique combination of size, speed and skill, and we look forward to working with him on his next steps as a pro.”

– Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill


Highlights:

  • Served as an alternate captain for the Western Michigan Broncos as a sophomore in 2019-20.
  • Registered a career-high 14 points and a plus-17 rating in 30 games in 2019-20. Earned an All-NCHC honorable mention and was named a finalist for the NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year Award.
  • Has represented the United States at each of the last two IIHF World Junior Championships, captaining the team in 2020 and earning a silver medal at the 2019 tournament.

SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH DAWSON DiPIETRO

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with forward Dawson DiPietro on a one-year, entry-level contract.

“Dawson was excellent at our development camp last summer, where he was able to showcase his speed and skill. His high-energy, up-tempo style was an important asset for Western Michigan, and we’re excited to add his skillset to our group.”

– Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill


Highlights:

  • Ranked second among Western Michigan skaters in both goals and points during his senior season with the Broncos in 2019-20. Ranked third on the team in assists.
  • Earned an NCHC All-Star honorable mention after leading the Broncos with 35 points and setting career-best totals in both goals (13) and assists (22) as a sophomore in 2017-18. Was also selected as the Broncos’ Co-Most Valuable Player that season.
  • Participated in Buffalo’s Development Camp in June 2019.

SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH BRANDON BIRO

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Biro (BIGH-roh) on a two-year, entry-level contract.

“Brandon will bring a combination of skill, hockey sense and character to our organization. We’re confident that his four years at Penn State with Coach Gadowsky have prepared him well for the next phase of his development.”

– Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill


Highlights:

  • Recorded a point per game as captain in his senior season with Penn State in 2019-20. Led the Nittany Lions to a 20-10-4 record, including a 12-8-4 conference record that topped the Big Ten.
  • Finished his NCAA career ranked in Penn State’s all-time top 10 in goals (T-8th), assists (3rd) and points (4th).
  • Won the Big Ten championship as a freshman in 2016-17 and was a Big Ten All-Star Honorable Mention after recording career highs in goals, assists and points as a junior in 2018-19.
  • Took part in Buffalo’s Development Camp in June 2018.

SABRES RECALL GILMOUR

The Sabres have recalled defenseman John Gilmour from the Rochester Americans (AHL).


Highlights:

  • Signed with the Sabres on July 1, 2019 and appeared in his first four games with the team earlier this season.
  • Made his Sabres debut on Oct. 25 at Detroit and logged a season-high 19:56 of ice time on Nov. 1 at Washington.
  • Was named to the 2018-19 AHL First All-Star Team after finishing last season among the AHL’s top 10 defensemen in goals (2nd), assists (8th), points (2nd) and game-winning goals (2nd).

SABRES RECALL PILUT, ASSIGN GILMOUR TO ROCHESTER

The Sabres have recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from the Rochester Americans (AHL) and assigned defenseman John Gilmour to Rochester.


Highlights:

  • Joins the Sabres for his fifth recall of the season after appearing in 33 games with the team last season.
  • Has appeared in 11 games with the Sabres in 2019-20, averaging 16:08 of ice time and tallying five shots on goal.
  • Leads all Amerks defensemen in points per game (.62) and has scored a career-high six goals in his second AHL season.