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Sabres take defensemen with back-to-back fifth-rounders: Nyberg of Sweden, Budik of Czech Republic

With consecutive selections in the fifth round, the Sabres chose a pair of European-born defensemen.

At No. 129, Buffalo took Philip Nyberg of Sweden, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound right-shot player headed to the University of Wisconsin next year. At No. 130, the Sabres went for Vojtech Budik of the Czech Republic, who played last season for Prince Albert in the Western Hockey League.

Nyberg had four goals and 14 assists in 45 for Linkoping in Sweden's SuperElit League. The 6-1, 185-pound Budik is a left shot. He had three goals and 13 assists for Prince Albert and played for the Czech team in the World Junior Championships. He was ranked No. 90 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

The Budik pick was acquired by the Sabres at the trade deadline 15 months ago from Montreal in exchange for winger Brian Flynn.

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