Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nelson gets extension from Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

Nelson made his NHL debut in March last season after signing a one-year deal with Buffalo shortly after completing his college career at Minnesota State. He had four assists in seven games with the Sabres.

According to The Buffalo News, Nelson will make $650,000 annually.

The 23-year-old will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Sabres roster this season, according to an Associated Press story.

In college, the 6-foot-2, 183-pound Nelson was the WCHA’s defensive player of the year last season. Overall, the Wisconsin native had 14 goals and 46 assists for 60 points in 99 career college games.

After the Mavericks’ season ended, Nelson joined the Sabres and played seven games before the end of the NHL’s regular season. He had four assists, eight penalty minutes and was plus-1.

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