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Seventh-rounder Kreu is 6-6 and a defensive-minded defenseman

The Sabres closed their Saturday at the NHL Entry Draft by selecting Swedish defenseman William Worge Kreu, who spent most of last season with Linkoping U20 in the SuperElit league. Kreu was picked at No. 187, the first pick in the seventh round.

Here are five things to know about him:

1. He has plenty of size

Kreu is listed at 6-foot-6 and weighs 181 pounds.

2. Following in father's footsteps

His father, Andreas, had a long career in the Swedish pro leagues, primarily with Orebro IK in Division 1 and then Linkoping in Division 1, the Swedish Hockey League and Allsvenskan.

3. Making his SHL debut

He spent most of 2017-18 in the SuperElit, a Swedish junior league, and posted three goals and 11 assists with 40 penalty minutes and a plus-6 in 38 games. He got into one game in the Swedish Hockey League, the top league in the country, with Linkoping's main squad.

4. For his home country

He was the 27th player from Sweden selected in this year's draft, part of a record-tying 28 for the nation. The Flyers took Marcus Westfalt at No. 205 overall to round out the croup. Canada led the draft with 71 players selected, followed by the United States at 55 and then Sweden.

5. Defensive minded

He is considered a defensive defenseman who plays a straightforward game and makes few mistakes. Along with being the third Swedish defensemen whom the Sabres selected, he is the fourth left-handed blueliner among the five chosen by the team.

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