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Sabres' Brandon Montour joining Sam Reinhart at World Championships

Sam Reinhart won't be the only Buffalo Sabres player representing Canada at next month's IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

Defenseman Brandon Montour, whom the Sabres acquired ahead of this season's trade deadline, was on the 22-man roster released by Hockey Canada on Monday afternoon. The tournament will be held May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The two Sabres were chosen by General Manager Jason Botterill, who is part of Canada's three-person management team for the tournament. Additionally, center Jack Eichel will represent the United States.

Montour, 25, was acquired by Buffalo from Anaheim for a first-round draft pick and defenseman Brendan Guhle. However, the trade did little to prevent the Sabres slide, as they won only four games with Montour on their roster.

Montour endured a difficult season in which Anaheim and Buffalo went a combined 28-44-11 with him on their rosters. He played through losing streaks of 12, seven and eight games, the latter two during his time with the Sabres.

Yet, Montour was exceptional following the trade. He had three goals with seven assists and a minus-4 rating in 20 games. The Sabres had a 5-on-5 shot-attempt differential of 54.53 with Montour on the ice, and he bolstered the performance of every defenseman he was paired with.

Montour is under contract through next season and will be a restricted free agent next summer.

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