Sabres select defenseman Mattias Samuelsson

Sabres start off the second day of the draft by taking the American defenseman

Paul Hamilton
June 23, 2018 - 11:37 am

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Dallas, TX (WGR 550) - With the 32nd overall pick and the first selection of the second round, the Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Mattias Samuelsson.

Samuelsson played for the United States National Under-18 Team, and is the son of former NHL defenseman Kjell Samuelsson. Mattias Samuelsson is listed at 6' 4", 218-pounds, and scored 24 points in 53 games in the USHL in two seasons. Samuelsson has committed to play collegiate hockey at Western Michigan where his brother plays.

Samuelsson was hoping he'd be picked in the first round, but he didn't think that he'd have to wait long on Saturday, "I didn't know anything for sure, but I was pretty confident that Buffalo might want to take me."

Samuelsson said it was great when he heard his name and he was still a bundle of nerves when he spoke, "I'm really shaking and I'm so happy. Buffalo's a world class organization and to be a part of that and be with my family, it's been an unbelievable experience."

Hear what Samuelsson had to say after being selected by the Sabres in the second round:

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