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Five things to know about new Sabres center Patrik Berglund

Five things to know about new Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund, one of three players acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade:

1. He has three 20-goal seasons under his belt

The most recent came two years ago, when he played in every Blues game and scored 23 times. The 30-year-old center was on a 20-goal pace last season but his campaign was shortened due to an off-season shoulder surgery.

2. He's not known as a playmaker

Berglund was fourth on the Blues in goals last season but 10th on the team in points due to another poor assist performance. He only had nine helpers in 2017-18, the second time in three seasons his assist total was in the single digits. His best year of the last three came in 2016-17, when he had 11 assists.

3. He's the latest Swedish addition to the Sabres roster

Berglund has represented his home country on multiple levels, including the Olympics, the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. His best run came in the 2011 World Championship, when he scored 10 points in nine games and won a silver medal.

4. He was tied with Alex Steen as the longest-tenured Blues player

Berglund had been with St. Louis since his outstanding rookie season in 2008-09. He scored 21 goals and 47 points that year and was named to the NHL's all-rookie team.

5. The Sabres have him locked up

Berglund is signed for four more seasons at $3.8 million per year. His contract began last year, as he signed a five-year extension midway through the 2016-17 season.

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