The Buffalo Sabres landed another college free agent forward Monday following the abrupt end of the NCAA hockey season.
Dawson DiPietro agreed to terms with the Sabres on a one-year, entry-level contract after scoring 12 goals with 17 assists in 35 games as a senior this season at Western Michigan. The 24-year-old attended Buffalo's prospect development camp last June and was a college teammate of Sabres second-round draft pick Mattias Samuelsson.
DiPietro had 34 goals with 54 points over his four college seasons, though he appeared in only one game as a freshman. He was named team co-MVP as a sophomore after posting team highs in goals (13), assists (22) and points (35).
DiPietro then helped Western Michigan to a 21-win season in 2018-19, which ended with a quarterfinal loss in the NCHC Tournament. The Broncos were scheduled to play St. Cloud State in the conference quarterfinals before the season was canceled as the result of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Dream come true!" DiPietro said on Twitter. "I am extremely grateful to have this amazing opportunity to sign an NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres organization! Thank you. Let’s work!
DiPietro is the second college free agent to agree to terms with the Sabres over the past week, joining forward Brandon Biro, who scored 41 goals over his four seasons at Penn State. DiPietro, like Biro, impressed Sabres management with a strong performance at a development camp.
"Dawson was excellent at our development camp last summer, where he was able to showcase his speed and skill," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said in a statement. "His high-energy, up-tempo style was an important asset for Western Michigan, and we're excited to add his skill set to our group."
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