Sabres ink Curtis Lazar to a one-year deal

The former first round pick of the Senators is looking for a new opportunity with the Sabres

Brayton Wilson
July 01, 2019 - 2:19 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres added more depth on the wing as the NHL Free Agency period opened on Monday with the signing of forward Curtis Lazar to a one-year deal worth $700,000.

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The 24-year-old is a former first round pick (17th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft. In 246 career NHL games with the Senators and the Calgary Flames, Lazar has scored 15 goals and registered 51 points.

Lazar started his career with the Senators in the 2014-15 season as a 19-year-old, where he scored six goals and picked up 15 points in 67 games. During that year, Lazar also captained Team Canada to a gold medal win at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

After a 20-point campaign (6+14) the next year, Lazar's production really took a turn south as he picked up just one point in 33 games with the Senators in the 2016-17 season. At the trade deadline that year, the Senators moved Lazar to the Flames in exchange for defensemen Mike Kostka, Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

In parts of three seasons with the Flames, Lazar never gained his footing as he scored just three goals and 15 points in 70 games. This past year, Lazar played in just one game in the NHL with the rest of the time being spent with the Stockton Heat in the American Hockey League. With the Heat, he went on to score 20 goals and 41 points in 57 games.

Lazar was drafted out of the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Wwstern Hockey League, where he was a two-time league champion in 2012 and 2014. He also won a CHL Memorial Cup with the Oil Kings in the 2014 season.

The winger will likely compete for a spot in the NHL during training camp, but will head to the Rochester Americans if he does not make the cut.

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