Another 2012 draft pick for the Buffalo Sabres is brought into the fold, as the team announced today they have signed prospect Brady Austin to a three year entry level deal.
This means there is only one draftee left from the 2012 draft class that remains without a contract, and could be released from the team if the Sabres don’t qualify him with an entry level deal to retain his rights. Fifth round draft pick Logan Nelson remains without a contract.
Brady Austin was the Buffalo Sabres seventh round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, selected 193rd overall. Austin joins an already deep prospect pool at the defensive position. He has 110 points, with 29 goals and 81 assists and 194 penalty minutes in 322 total OHL games.
Austin split the 2013-2014 season with the Belleville Bulls and London Knights, as he was subject to a trade from Belleville to London in early October. If your a fan of local hockey teams other than the Buffalo Sabres, the name Brady Austin might be a little familiar, as he spent two seasons with the Erie Otters as well.
Brady Austin will no doubt show up to training camp ready to go and fight for an NHL job, but he will more than likely be starting the 2014-2015 regular season with the Rochester Americans.
On top of draft picks that still need to be tendered offers, the Buffalo Sabres still have restricted free agents that require attention by the organization. While signing Brady Austin is another step towards building a winning culture which the Buffalo Sabres hope stretches to its ECHL affiliate Elmira Jackals as well as the NHL and AHL teams.
Is signing Brady Austin a good thing? What is the next step that the Buffalo Sabres must take in establishing themselves this summer? Can he make it into the NHL and be a steady defenseman in the league?