Sabres ink Pekar to entry-level contract

Matej Pekar was Buffalo's fourth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft

Brayton Wilson
October 18, 2018 - 9:24 am

Photo: Micheline Michaelina - Rochester Americans

After a hot start to the 2018-19 season for Matej Pekar, the Buffalo Sabres have rewarded the 18-year-old with his first NHL contract.

The Sabres announced on Wednesday that they have signed their fourth round pick (94th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft to a three-year entry-level contract. 

Pekar is off to a great start in his first season with the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League. The Turnov, Czech Republic native has scored six goals and added five assists in 10 games this season, and is currently fourth in team scoring.

Last season, Pekar was the United States Hockey League's Rookie of the Year as he scored 14 goals and registered 54 points in 56 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Although he stands at just 6' 0" and 170-pounds, Pekar plays a game very similar to Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand. He may not be the biggest of players, but he knows how to get under a player's skin with his skill and tenacity with the puck. He also has a knack for being a pest on the ice and can walk the line of playing dirty, at times.

We could get the chance to see Pekar play at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver for the Czech Republic team. The tournament gets started on December 26 and goes through January 5, 2019.

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