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Sabres add O'Regan, ex-linemate of Eichel and AHL Rookie of the Year

When Boston University advanced to the NCAA title game in 2015, the top line featured Jack Eichel centering for Evan Rodrigues and Dan O'Regan.

The band is back together.

Eichel and Rodrigues already play in Buffalo, and the Sabres acquired O'Regan from San Jose on Monday as part of the package for Evander Kane. O'Regan will report to Rochester, but if the 24-year-old continues to hone his scoring touch, he'll be back alongside Eichel and Rodrigues.

"We are very impressed with his skill level, certainly his hockey sense," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. "You look at last year and the success he had in the American Hockey League, we think he's ready to make the jump here."

O'Regan was the AHL's Rookie of the Year last season, recording 23 goals, 35 assists and 58 points in 63 games for the San Jose Barracuda. He added four goals and seven points in 15 playoff games. O'Regan has seven goals and 25 points in 31 minor-league games this year.

He has also played 22 games with the Sharks, recording one goal and five points. He has four assists in 19 games this year.

"We've tried to build Rochester up to have a winning environment down there," Botterill said in KeyBank Center. "He'll certainly help them. We're hopeful once he gets into our organization and plays some games that he'll be in the mix for a call-up."

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O’Regan, who is 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, played four seasons at Boston University. He had 66 goals and 154 points in 154 games. Though he was a point-producer all four years, his best season was alongside Eichel with 23 goals and 50 points in 41 games.

Born in Berlin while his father, Tom, played professional hockey, O'Regan has represented the United States at the world juniors in 2014 and the under-18s in 2012.

When the Amerks appear in the postseason, defenseman Casey Nelson and right wing Nick Baptiste will be eligible to join O'Regan on the ice.

AHL rules state players must have been on the roster at 3 p.m. Monday in order to be eligible to be sent down from the NHL for the rest of the year. Buffalo sent Nelson and Baptiste to the Amerks. They were just paper transactions, meaning the duo should be at practice Tuesday.

The Amerks are tied for third in their division with a 27-15-14 record. The top four teams make the playoffs, and the fifth-place club (Laval) is 18 points behind Rochester.

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