Josefson will not be back with the Sabres

Buffalo reportedly has come to terms with a young Swedish defenseman

Paul Hamilton
April 27, 2018 - 1:22 pm

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(WGR 550) - Jacob Josefson will not be back with the Sabres next season or in the NHL. The 27-year-old is going home to play. Josefson has signed a four-year deal with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League.

Josefson struggled with injuries in his only season with Buffalo. He played 39 games and had two goals and two assists.

The Devils drafted Josefson 20th overall in 2009. In 315 NHL games, he had 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points.

Josefson was a good penalty killer and was one of the best in shootouts, but provided very little else.

Buffalo may also be getting another young player. HockeyPuls.se is reporting that Lawrence Pilut has agreed to terms with the Sabres. The deal can’t be announced until Pilut is finished with the Swedish National Team, which is preparing for the World Championships.

The 22-year-old defenseman has played five seasons in the Swedish Elite League. He had a breakout season with HV71 Jonkoping, scoring eight goals and 30 assists for 38 points in 52 games. Pilut had never had more than 12 points in any other season.

Pilut is listed at 5’ 10" and 183-pounds. He won the Salming Trophy last season as the best native-born defenseman in the league.

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