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Sabres select Swedish center Marcus Davidsson with early second-round pick

CHICAGO – The Sabres started Day Two of the NHL Draft the same way they ended Day One. With a center.

Buffalo picked Swedish center Marcus Davidsson with the sixth pick of the second round Saturday. He plays professionally for Djurgardens of the Swedish Hockey League, where he had five goals and nine points in 45 games. He added six goals and 10 points in nine games with Djurgardens' junior team.

He won a championship with the junior club in 2015-16, putting up 17 goals and 40 points in 45 regular-season games and three goals and six points in six playoff games. He was named playoff MVP.

The 6-foot, 191-pound center has represented Sweden on its silver-medal teams at the 2016 under-18 world championship and the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

He was ranked 12th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Davidsson is all about speed, according to a prospect profile at His playmaking ability is regarded as his best attribute.

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