It's official. The Buffalo Sabres are adding an award-winning defenseman to the organization.
The Sabres confirmed the rumored signing of Sweden's Lawrence Pilut on Tuesday, giving the blue-liner a two-year, entry-level contract. The Sabres had been linked to Pilut since last month, but they had to wait for the 22-year-old to finish his time with the Swedish national team.
Pilut will head to North America following a stellar season in the Swedish Elite League. He led all defensemen with 38 points in 52 games, recording eight goals and 30 assists for HV71. He was named SHL Defenseman of the Year and also won the Salming Trophy as the best Swedish-born blue-liner.
The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder has 15 goals and 71 points in 191 career games in Sweden. He also represented his country in the 2015 World Juniors.
Pilut is a left-handed shot like countryman Rasmus Dahlin, the 18-year-old phenom expected to be drafted first overall by the Sabres next month. They will join lefties Marco Scandella, Brendan Guhle, Jake McCabe and Nathan Beaulieu in the organization. The right side features Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian, Casey Nelson and restricted free agent Victor Antipin.