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Sabres take two more defenseman to close out the NHL Draft

Buffalo takes two more Scandinavian defensemen in the fifth and seventh round

June 23, 2018 - 4:03 pm

The Buffalo Sabres closed out the 2018 NHL Draft by drafting another pair of defensemen, making it five defenseman drafted this weekend in Dallas, Texas.

In the fifth round with the 125th overall pick, the Sabres drafted Finnish defenseman Miska Kukkonen out of the Ilves program in the Finnish under-20 league. Listed at 6' 0" and 183-pounds, Kukkonen has played the past two seasons for Ilves' junior team, scoring a combined three goals and 12 points in 36 games. Kukkonen will play for Tappara in the Finnish junior league this upcoming season.

In the sixth round, the Sabres decided to trade the 156th overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for their sixth round pick in 2019.

With their final pick in the seventh round (187th overall), Buffalo concluded the weekend's events by selecting another Swedish defenseman, William Worge Kreü. The 6' 6" and 181-pound defender spent last year mostly with the Linköping junior club in the Swedish SuperElit junior league, scoring three goals and 11 points in 38 games. He did manage to play one game with the parent Linköping club in the Swedish Hockey League this year.

The Sabres wrapped up the 2018 NHL Draft with selecting six players overall, five of them being defensemen, with three of them being from Sweden. In Jason Botterill's tenure as general manager in Buffalo, he has yet to draft a player out of the Canadian Hockey League.

Up next for these prospects is Sabres development camp, which runs from June 27th to the 30th at HarborCenter.

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