The Buffalo Sabres continue to work in what will be one of the busiest off seasons in team history as not only does the team have to rebuild the on ice product, but maintain their prospect pool as well.
Buffalo did just that by signing goaltender Linus Ullmark to a three year entry level deal.
Who is Linus Ullmark
Linus Ullmark was the Buffalo Sabres sixth round draft selection in the 2012 NHL Entry draft. He was selected 163rd overall.
Ullmark has one year left on his deal with his Swedish Hockey League team MODO, a contract that he expects to fulfill before joining the Buffalo Sabres. This past season Linus Ullmark played in 35 games and had a 2.08 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He was awarded the Honken Trophy as the Swedish Goaltender of the Year.
Linus Ullmark is 20 years old and hails from Sweden.
The 2012 Buffalo Sabres draft class is almost under wraps. GM Manager Tim Murray still has two players that remain unsigned from Darcy Regier’s second to last draft, with Logan Nelson (fifth round) and Brady Austin (seventh round) still without a contract. If the Buffalo Sabres do not tender an entry level contract to them by June 1st, they will lose their rights to the players.
Nelson is currently playing center for the Victoria Royals of the WHL. Brady Austin is a blue liner currently playing for the London Knights of the OHL. Austin started this season with the Belleville Bulls but was traded in early October.
Remember the contract limit that the Buffalo Sabres must adhere to, do the Buffalo Sabres tender offers to these late round draft picks or give up their rights to these players? With not a lot of depth at the center position, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to bring Nelson into the fold, but with players like Chad Ruhwedel available that have serviced the Sabres well, and a somewhat deep defensive pool, they could likely do without offering Austin a contract.