Buffalo selects goalie Erik Portillo in third round

Portillo is committed to play with the University of Michigan in the 2020-21 season

Derek Kramer
June 22, 2019 - 2:44 pm

Photo: Kevin Hoffman - USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres added a goaltender to their system on Saturday, taking Erik Portillo with the 67th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The 18-year-old was passed over in last year's NHL Draft, and was not even ranked on the European goaltender list by NHL Central Scouting. The 6' 6" and 207-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden put up some stellar stats last season with Frölunda's Under-20 junior team with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in 26 games.

Portillo is committed to play at Michigan University to start the 2020-21 season, while his USHL rights are currently held by the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

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