As the Buffalo Sabres hope for one elite Swedish defenseman this weekend, they reportedly have signed another.
The Sabres have agreed to a contract with defenseman Lawrence Pilut, according to Swedish website HockeyPuls.se. The 22-year-old won the Salming Trophy this season as the best native-born defenseman in the Swedish Hockey League.
The Sabres have not announced the signing, which cannot become official until Pilut's time with the Swedish national team is complete. The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder is skating with the team in preparation for next month's world championship.
Other players who have skated with the national team this spring include forwards Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson, who are expected to join the Sabres' organization next season.
Pilut paced all defensemen in the Swedish league with 38 points in 52 games. He scored eight times and added 30 assists. It was a breakout year for Pilut, who pushed his SHL totals to 15 goals and 56 assists in 191 games for HV71.
Also skating for Sweden now is defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. He is the unquestioned No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. The Sabres have the best odds of earning the top pick (18.5 percent) during Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery.
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