Posted September 28, 2018 07:02:54 The Sabres will continue to add more fun to their team identity by adding more of it to the roster.
Sabres GM Tim Murray announced Tuesday the team has signed forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Mike Santorelli.
Galchenyshyn will be the team’s fourth draft pick in two years and will play alongside Buffalo’s top three goal scorers in Sabres captain Rasmus Ristolainen, left wing Ryan O’Reilly and right wing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
“This is a major step in our team development,” Murray said.
“It’s exciting to be adding one of the most dynamic young forwards to our organization.”
Galchenieshyn was a top-six forward with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and has four goals and 15 points in 44 games this season.
He also has three assists.
Santorellysh will be a versatile player with good size at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, and the team hopes he can contribute to the team at both ends of the ice.
“He brings a big shot and a great ability to make plays and make plays on the power play,” Murray told reporters after practice Tuesday.
“I think we’re all excited about what he brings.”
Santorello, 22, signed a three-year, $6.25 million contract last summer and had 19 goals and 44 points in 73 games with the Buffalo AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
He has four assists and a plus-5 rating in 31 games this year.
“Alex is a good hockey player and we are happy to add him to our roster,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said.
The Sabres, who finished last in the NHL standings, are the third team in two seasons to add a top prospect in a draft pick.
The Calgary Flames selected forward Brandon Carlo with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and Buffalo also has the No, 7 pick in 2018 NHL Draft.
“We think he can be a big piece for us going forward,” Murray added.
The new additions join fellow prospects Anthony Bitetto and Tyler Ennis, who were among the team�s top prospects last season.
The 25-year-old Bitetti has a plus/minus rating of plus-15 and 23 goals and 41 points in 62 games this past season.
“That�s a tremendous addition,” Murray continued.
“Anthony is a very skilled player, so that gives him a chance to step in and be the player that we saw in the past two years.”
The Sabres are expected to add two more draft picks to the mix, including one of their own.
New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo is expected to be taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, and his brother, Jack, is expected in the third round.
“All the excitement in this building is for the new players coming into the NHL,” Murray noted.
We�re not going to let them all go.” “
Our draft picks are all very talented players.
We�re not going to let them all go.”
Buffalo�s roster now includes 26 players who were selected in the first round or later.