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Why Sabres second round pick Mattias Samuelsson has the genes to succeed

The Buffalo Sabres opened the second day of the NHL Draft by adding another defenseman to the ranks. Jason Botterill and Co. selected Mattias Samuelsson, a 6-foot-4 blueliner from the U.S. Development Program, with the 32nd pick.

Here are five things to know about Samuelsson, who the Hockey News called "a solid, can't-fail pick."

1. He's the son of a former NHL defenseman

Mattias' father, Swedish-born Kjell Samuelsson, played 813 games in the NHL split between the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He won a Stanley Cup in 1992 while with Pittsburgh. Mattias never saw his father play, as he was born a year after Kjell retired, but his game has been compared to his father's.

2. He played in the All-American Prospects Game

Samuelsson participated in the 2017 All-American Prospects Game, which was hosted in Buffalo at the KeyBank Center. He skated for Team Chelios, recording one shot on goal.

3. He has leadership ability

Samuelsson was named the U.S. captain at the Under-18 world championship. He scored a goal and an assist in seven games while helping the Americans capture a silver medal.

4. He's committed to play college hockey at Western Michigan

Samuelsson was originally committed to Michigan but made a switch to the Broncos that will allow him to play with his older brother, Lukas. Western Michigan's head coach, Andy Murray, was an assistant with the Flyers while Kjell was in Philadelphia.

5. He was picked around where he was expected

Samuelsson was slotted at No. 31 in both the latest ISS Hockey ranking and the Hockey News' Top 100 prospects.

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

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