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Sabres add to defense haul, take Mattias Samuelsson to open second round at No. 32 overall

DALLAS -- With the first pick of Saturday's proceedings in American Airlines Center, the Sabres have opened the second round by selecting defenseman Mattias Samuelsson at No. 32 overall.

Samuelsson, who played for the US National Development program, is a 6-foot-4, 218-pounder from Philadelphia who played high school hockey in Lake Placid. He is the son of longtime NHL defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, a 6-6 anchor of defense for Philadelphia in nine of his 15 NHL seasons. Kjell Samuelsson is now a development coach for the Flyers.

Mattias Samuelsson had 11 goals and 20 assists in 58 for USNDP last season and is headed to Western Michigan University this fall. He was the 21st-rated skater from NHL Central Scouting, but the N0. 8 defenseman.

"I'm literally shaking. I'm so happy," Samuelsson said. "Buffalo is a world-class organization so just be a part of that and spend the last couple of days with my family has been an unbelievable experience."

When he was at the NHL Scouting Combine in HarborCenter, Samuelsson did his drills with No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin and got an up-close look at the Sabres' newest building block on defense.

"Rasmus is pretty much a generational player and is going to be the organization's go-to guy on the blueline for many years to come," Samuelsson said. "Being in the same draft year as him, it's going to be pretty special to watch his growth."

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