General Manager Jason Botterill has finally reshuffled the Buffalo Sabres' roster ahead of Monday's trade deadline, sending defenseman Lawrence Pilut to Rochester and placing winger Kyle Okposo on injured reserve.
In corresponding moves, the Sabres have recalled forwards Danny O'Regan and Scott Wilson from the Amerks ahead of a Saturday matinee against the Washington Capitals in KeyBank Center. The roster moves bolster the Sabres' forward depth while also giving Pilut an opportunity for more playing time.
O'Regan, 25, had 18 goals among 34 points in 53 AHL games, while Wilson, 26, had three goals among seven points in 17 games since clearing waivers and being sent to Rochester last month.
Pilut, a 23-year-old rookie, was a healthy scratch for Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss in Tampa Bay and would likely have a difficult time cracking the lineup since the Sabres had nine healthy defensemen with Casey Nelson's return last week.
Pilut had one goal among six points and a minus-3 rating in 25 games with the Sabres. He began the season in Rochester, where he had 22 points in 19 games.
Okposo was diagnosed with a concussion stemming from a fight against the New York Rangers' Anthony DeAngelo last Friday night. He joined the Sabres on their trip to Newark, N.J. last Saturday, only to return to Buffalo to undergo further testing. The 30-year-old has been diagnosed with at least three concussions since 2016.
A severe reaction to medication after a concussion suffered in practice in March 2017 landed him in the Neuro ICU unit of Buffalo General Medical Center. The Sabres have not released any additional updates on Okposo's status, but the injured reserve designation clears a spot on the roster.
O'Regan was acquired from San Jose as part of the Evander Kane trade last February and appeared in two games for the Sabres last season. He has one goal and four assists in 24 career NHL games.
Wilson, meanwhile, has yet to appear in an NHL game this season because he broke his ankle during a September practice. He had six goals and eight assists in 49 games for the Sabres last season.