Maine Hockey Journal

Sabres get Byron under contract

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Portland, ME – According to several sources including SportsJuniors.com, Buffalo Sabres prospect Paul Byron has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the NHL club.

Byron, 20, was drafted by the Sabres in the 6th round (#179 overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In three seasons with Gatineau Olympiques, he scored 91 goals, 120 assists for 211 points in 184 games. In his last season with the Olympiques, he set career highs in assists (66) and points (99) as he finished fourth in league scoring.

The 5-9, 170-pound center from Montreal, Quebec was a member of the 2008 Gatineau squad that won the QMJHL title and represented the league in the Memorial Cup where they finished fourth in the tournament.

Byron is one of two players who the Sabres needed to sign by the 5pm, June 1st deadline as J.S. Allard also needs to be signed. Sabres GM Darcy Regier indicated that there isn’t the pressure to get this done as there was last year and remained confident in getting both players under contract before the deadline.

“We’re in much better shape in that regard,” he said referring to the pressure of getting players signed by the deadline.

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