Sabres sign defenseman Mattias Samuelsson to three-year, entry-level contract

The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with defenseman Mattias Samuelsson on Wednesday.

Selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old Samuelsson recently finished his sophomore season as an alternate captain for Western Michigan. 

He had two goals and 12 assists in 30 games this season and was an All- National Collegiate Hockey Conference honorable mention as well as a finalist for the conference's Defensive Defenseman of the Year Award.

Samuelsson helped the United States earn the silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship before serving as captain of Team USA in 2020.

"We are very pleased with Mattias' growth both at Western Michigan and on the international stage," Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said. 

"He possesses a unique combination of size, speed and skill, and we look forward to working with him on his next steps as a pro."

Samuelsson joins forward Dawson DiPietro as the second Western Michigan player to sign with the Sabres this week.

"I think he's just a presence out there," DiPietro said of Samuelsson during development camp last summer. 

"He's big guy. He's a big body out there. He gets it done every time he's on the ice. He doesn't really have to say much, but he gets the job done. He's a physical guy. He's a guy people look up to."