Sabres' Pilut does well in his first NHL game

The rookie defensemen showed his stuff in limited action

Paul Hamilton
November 30, 2018 - 11:33 pm

Photo: Buffalo Sabres / Bill Wippert


Sunrise, FL (WGR 550) - Lawrence Pilut didn’t seem nervous at all as he made his NHL debut with the Sabres on Friday. In the first period, almost all of Pilut’s 4:09 was spent in his own end, but except for one play he was under control.

On his first shift, he hit a breaking Kyle Okposo with a perfect pass to get out of the zone. On the one shift, he got into the offensive zone sure enough, he rotated right to the slot making himself available and looking for a pass.

Some other highlights of the first period saw him break up a pass and immediately go into transition to lead the attack out of the zone, and he did a good job of scooping up a rebound from in front to get the puck to safety.

The one negative play is he started to get out of the zone too quickly, leaving two Panthers behind him.

In the first period, Pilut had one hit, one giveaway and one blocked shot and was plus-1.

As the game went on in the second period, Pilut tried even harder to get up in the play. With that came a couple of mistakes. Pilut went behind the net only to get blown up by Nick Bjugstad. In the third period, he did a great job of out battling Evgenii Dadonov only to throw the puck right up the slot, forcing Linus Ullmark to make a huge save on Frank Vatrano.

Jason Pominville couldn’t score on a 2-on-1, but it was created by Pilut at the Buffalo blue line.

Pilut played 12:48 in the game and had two blocked shots. He was given credit for four giveaways, but I only remember two.

For his first game, I thought Pilut looked right at home. I was curious to see how things would go in the defensive zone and I thought he competed well. He didn’t get a chance 3-on-3, but I would think that’s coming soon.

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