As the Buffalo Sabres prepare for their two game trip to Stockholm, Sweden, the Sabres have recalled defender Lawrence Pilut to the NHL for the first time in 2019-20.
The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defender Lawrence Pilut to Buffalo for the first time this season. Pilut has spent the early parts of 2019-20 recovering from a lower body injury and recently has played in the AHL with the Rochester Americans.
In 8 games with the Americans, Pilut has 1 goal and 5 assists with a plus minus of 2. Defensively, Pilut has looked very good in the AHL. That is partially to be expected after spending a season in the NHL last year, but it’s still good to see the young prospect hasn’t seemed to regress following his injury.
Pilut is considered one of the Sabres top prospects at defender, and last season in the NHL played fairly decent at times. In 33 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Pilut had 6 points and a plus minus of -8. But defensively, Pilut looked like he belonged playing in the NHL.
This opportunity for Pilut will give him a chance to prove he deserves a spot on the Sabres roster. The Sabres are currently loaded at defender, so making the team currently is no small task. But if Pilut can play well against the Tampa Bay Lightning in back to back games, it would go a long way.
Still, there are no guarantees that Pilut even plays on this trip. It is possible that the Sabres called him up to simply be an extra man in case of injury. It would be surprising though if Ralph Krueger doesn’t find Pilut playing time in one of the two games to see what he can do against NHL competition.
It’s good to have Lawrence back, now let’s see if he can stick around!