The awards keep coming for Lawrence Pilut.
The defenseman, who has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Sabres, was named the Swedish Hockey League's best defenseman Monday. He already won the Salming Trophy as the league's best Swedish-born defenseman.
The 22-year-old was an alternate captain for HV71 and blossomed with 38 points in 52 games, leading the league's blue-liners. He had eight goals and 30 assists.
Pilut was named to Sweden's national team for the World Championship, which begins this week. Any contract agreements cannot be announced until the conclusion of the tournament.
Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the top NHL Draft prospect who is expected to be selected first overall by the Sabres in June, was bested in the race for Rookie of the Year. The honor went to forward Elias Pettersson, who led the SHL with with 56 points and was second with 24 goals in 44 games. Pettersson, the No. 5 overall pick by Vancouver last year, was also named the league's Most Valuable Player.
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