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Sabres sign three young forwards to one-year deals

The Buffalo Sabres addressed the depth at forward in the organization on Sunday with the signing of three skaters to one-year, two-way contracts including Williamsville native Justin Bailey.

The Sabres also announced the signing of Daniel O'Regan and Nicholas Baptiste. All three restricted free agents have limited NHL experience but figure to contend for roster positions in Buffalo or play in Rochester.

Bailey, 23, scored three goals with one assist in 12 games with the Sabres in 2017-18, his third professional season .He also had 15 points (10-5) in 37 games with Rochester. His contract has an average annual value of $715,000, according to the Sabres press release.

Overall, Bailey has played in 52 NHL games with five goals and eight assists.

Baptiste, 22, who was drafted in the third round by Buffalo in 2013, had four goals and two assists in 33 games with the Sabres in 2017-18. It's the most he's played in the NHL. He has 45 goals and 42 assists in 159 AHL games. His contract is valued at $787.500.

The 24-year-old O'Regan played at Boston University with three other Sabres (Jack Eichel, Evan Rodrigues and Brandon Hickey). He came to Buffalo in the transaction that sent Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks at the NHL trade deadline, He was originally drafted in the fifth round in 2012 by the Sharks. He had four assists in 21 games between the Sharks and Sabres in his NHL rookie year, last season. The year before, he led AHL rookies in scoring with 58 points (23-35) for the San Jose Barracudas. His contract was valued at $874,125.

The Sabres have now comes to terms with four of their six restricted free agents, having signed Sean Malone to a two-way contract last week.

The biggest name remaining is Sam Reinhart. General Manager Jason Botterill has said the team is hoping to sign Reinhart to a long-term deal.

C.J. Smith is also a restricted free agent.

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