Sabres call up O'Regan, Wilson; assign Pilut to Rochester

Buffalo has also placed forward Kyle Okposo on injured reserve

Brayton Wilson
February 22, 2019 - 5:26 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres made a couple of roster moves on Friday just before Saturday's matchup with the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.

The team has called up forwards Danny O'Regan and Scott Wilson from the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League. In a corresponding move, the Sabres have placed forward Kyle Okposo on injured reserve, while also sending defenseman Lawrence Pilut back to the Amerks.

O'Regan has had a pretty good season with the Amerks this season with 18 goals and 34 points in all 53 games played. The 25-year-old is fourth in overall team scoring this season, and tied for third on the team in goals. He was also on pace to set a career-high in goals through 76 games this season.

O'Regan was acquired by the Sabres at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline as part of the Evander Kane trade with the San Jose Sharks. He went pointless with a plus-1 rating in two games with the Sabres last season.

As for Wilson, he returned to action on January 11 after missing the first three months of the season with a fractured ankle. In 17 games this season with the Amerks, the 26-year-old winger has three goals and four assists.

Wilson was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in December of 2017, and appeared in 49 games last season, scoring six goals and registering 14 points.

The Amerks get Pilut back after losing him to his second recall to the Sabres back on November 27. At the time of his call up, Pilut led the Amerks with 22 points (3+19) in just 16 games, and was leading the AHL in scoring among defensemen.

In 25 games with the Sabres this season, the 23-year-old blue liner scored one goal and registered six points.

This transaction could also mean that defenseman Marco Scandella is close to a return to the lineup from an upper-body injury. Once Scandella returned to the lineup, the Sabres would have had nine defensemen on the roster with Pilut included. Pilut is one of only two defensemen on the roster (Dahlin is the other) who could be assigned to Rochester without having to clear waivers.

In another corresponding move to create a roster spot, forward Kyle Okposo has been placed on injured reserve. The 30-year-old forward is battling a concussion that he suffered last Friday in a matchup with the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Okposo was not originally diagnosed with a concussion as a result from a fight with Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, but he was later diagnosed on Tuesday after some further evaluation.

Okposo has struggled a bit to produce offensively this season, scoring just 10 goals and 22 points in 57 games played.

The Sabres did not practice on Friday. Faceoff against the Capitals on Saturday is at 1 p.m. with pre-game coverage on WGR starting at 12 p.m.

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