Maine Hockey Journal

Is Persson’s next stop in Portland

Portland, ME – Could defenseman Dennis Persson be close to joining the Portland Pirates?

The first round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres (24th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft is on his way over to North America after his season with Timra came into an end, losing game seven against HV71 in the first round of the SEL playoffs.

According a news reports out of Sweden, Persson is on his way to Portland now that his season with Timra has concluded.

The 6-1, 181-pounds, was signed by Sabres GM Darcy Regier this summer, inking a three-year entry-level contract. He’s considered a top defensive prospect of the Sabres, but decided to stay in Sweden, despite signing with Buffalo.

According to Hockey’s Future, Persson is ranked 13th among Sabres’ prospects.

Persson has considerable pro experience playing three seasons in the SEL with Djurgarden before being loaned to Timra this season by the Sabres.

It will be interesting to see how he will fit into the Pirates’ lineup, which has 10 games left in the regular season. He’ll give the Pirates solid defender in his own end and a hard shot from the point.

There are still a few unanswered questions regarding the Pirates’ clear day roster and Persson eligibility to play in Portland due to clear day roster rules.

If he’s able to play then he will certainly be a welcome addition to the lineup and provide the Pirates big boost in their playoff push.


St. Lawrence defenseman Matt Generous also could be joining the Pirates this week, after finishing his collegiate career.

In 169 games with St. Lawrence, he’s scored 18 goals, 38 assists for 56 points with 133 penalty minutes.

Generous was named ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman taking home the honors leading the Saints to their best goals against average since 1955-56.

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