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Lawrence Pilut got to make the trip with the Buffalo Sabres to Sweden in November and was there simply as insurance. Marco Scandella was hurt and the Sabres needed to have an extra defenseman. Pilut didn't dress for either loss in his home country against the Tampa Bay Lightning but it was an important trip for him. After offseason shoulder surgery kept Pilut out of tra…

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The Buffalo Sabres have called up defenseman Lawrence Pilut from the Rochester Americans to take the spot of defenseman Jake McCabe, who is dealing with an upper-body injury and will not travel to St. Louis for Thursday's game against the Blues. He is listed as day to day. The team also announced Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo, both of whom were struck by high sticks durin…

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STOCKHOLM – Lawrence Pilut was having a routine breakfast with his teammates from the Rochester Amerks over the weekend when he suddenly got the call from the Buffalo Sabres. And it was no ordinary call-up. Pilut was told to head to Buffalo to make the plane for his homeland of Sweden and the Sabres' trip to the NHL Global Series. Pilut has spent the year in the AHL aft…

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Lawrence Pilut will get his chance to go home. The Sabres recalled the Swedish defenseman Sunday from Rochester before the team left for the NHL Global Series in Stockholm and placed defenseman Marco Scandella on injured reserve. Scandella suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 24 and is expected to miss two to three weeks. Pilut, a native of Tingsryd, Sweden, had a goal …

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ROCHESTER -- Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund suffered an upper body injury on a blocked shot in the opening minutes of Friday night for the Rochester Americans. Asplund, 21, was killing a penalty and crouched down when the puck hit him about 2:15 into the game. He quickly skated off and did not return. Interim Americans coach Gord Dineen said Asplund had X-rays, but h…

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ROCHESTER – Among the 25 red, white and blue jerseys on the ice for Americans practices over the past week, defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been easy to spot. Just look for the only orange sweater. Five months after the Sabres prospect injured his left shoulder and underwent surgery, he has started skating with his teammates in a non-contact role. While Pilut hasn’t…

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This could be Sabres prospect Tage Thompson’s final stint in the American Hockey League. Thompson, 21, nearly earned an NHL roster spot out of training camp, sticking with the Sabres until their final roster cuts Monday. At some point this season, they could summon the 6-foot-7, 215-pound winger for good. “When he gets his chance, it’s possible he never comes back to…

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The Buffalo Sabres' depth on the blue line took another hit with Monday's announcement that Lawrence Pilut underwent successful shoulder surgery that will require five to six months for recovery. Pilut, 23, appeared in 33 games during two stints with the Sabres this season, recording one goal with five assists and a minus-8 rating. It is unclear if surgery is the result…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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NEWARK, N.J. -- With Zach Bogosian and Matt Hunwick both absent from practice Sunday in Prudential Center, the Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from Rochester. Pilut, a 23-year-old defenseman, joined the team as a precaution because Bogosian and Hunwick are dealing with injuries. However, it remains unclear if Pilut will be needed when the Sabres play t…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lawrence Pilut's youthful mistakes earned him a seat in the Nationwide Arena press box. Pilut, the Buffalo Sabres' 23-year-old defenseman, was a healthy scratch Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets after he struggled in a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the All-Star break. Matt Hunwick, who has been scratched for 13 consecutive ga…

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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 replace…

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CALGARY – Nathan Beaulieu's time with the Buffalo Sabres could be coming to an end. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reported Wednesday night that Beaulieu, a 26-year-old defenseman, requested to be traded ahead of a game against the Calgary Flames in Scotiabank Saddledome. Beaulieu was a healthy scratch has played only three of the Sabres' past 14 games. He struggled in …

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Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel missed a third consecutive game Tuesday night, but Sam Reinhart was in the lineup against the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center. Eichel participated in the morning skate but was ruled out with an upper-body injury. Reinhart, meanwhile, was a game-time decision after missing practice the previous two days with an illness. It would …

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Lawrence Pilut needed only 16 games to be regarded as among the best defensemen in the American Hockey League. Pilut, along with Rochester Americans defenseman Zach Redmond, were selected Thursday to represent the Buffalo Sabres organization and the league's North Division in the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 28 in Springfield, Mass. Pilut, 23, has not played a game w…