Sabres sign Swedish D-man of the year Pilut to 2-year deal

Being assured of landing one gifted Swedish defenseman apparently isn't enough for the Buffalo Sabres.

Lawrence Pilut signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the club Tuesday.

The undrafted 22-year-old led all Swedish Hockey League blue-liners with 38 points in 52 games this season for HV71, capturing the Defenseman of the Year award in his fifth season with the club.

Buffalo will pick first overall at the NHL Draft next month, and it's expected the team will select Rasmus Dahlin - an 18-year-old Swedish rearguard who's widely regarded as the league's top incoming prospect.

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