Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is not returning to the minors after all.
Pilut, who has played 16 games with the Sabres since being recalled Nov. 27, will not participate in the AHL All-Star Classic next Monday in Springfield, Mass. The 23-year-old was selected to play despite appearing in only 16 games for the Rochester Americans.
The AHL announced replacements for Pilut and three others Wednesday afternoon. That will allow Pilut to practice with the Sabres following the NHL All-Star break Sunday and Monday in preparation for a Tuesday night game in Columbus.
Pilut, who signed an entry-level contract with the Sabres in May, was selected an All-Star after having a league-high 22 points with a plus-19 rating for the Amerks. He has one goal among five points since joining the Sabres.
That leaves defenseman Zach Redmond as the Amerks' only player heading to the All-Star Classic, which begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, with a skills challenge. The All-Star Challenge is at 7 p.m. Monday, featuring a round-robin, 3-on-3 tournament with one team for each division.
Cleveland forward Nathan Gerbe, who played four seasons with the Sabres organization, was among the four players added to the event Wednesday.