The Sabres have signed defenseman Nick Crawford to a three-year entry level contract. Crawford finished second in voting for the Ontario Hockey League defenseman of the year, after a career high 70 points in 68 games split between Barrie and Saginaw. The signing was announced Thursday, two days after Barrie was eliminated by Windsor in the OHL final
First-round pick Zack Kassian is one of six Buffalo Sabres prospects returned to their respective Canadian junior clubs. A gritty forward who was selected 13th overall in the NHL draft in June, Kassian was returned to Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. The moves leave Buffalo with 50 players on its training camp roster and were made Thursday, before the Sabres hosted Washington to open their preseason schedule. Also returned to the juniors were forwards Luke Adam (Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), Marcus Foligno (Sudbury, OHL), Jacob Lagace (Chicoutimi, QMJHL) and defensemen Nick Crawford (Saginaw, OHL) and Brayden McNabb (Kootenay, Western Hockey League.
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