Maine Hockey Journal

Sabres sign Crawford to entry-level contract

The Buffalo Sabres made announcement this afternoon that they signed defenseman Nick Crawford to a three-year entry level contract.

Crawford will join second year defensemen Drew Schiestel, Matt Generous, TJ Brennan and Dennis Persson who are expected to fulfill a bigger role with the Portland Pirates this season

At 6-1, 183-pounds, Crawford has an offensive upside to his game. In 68 games with the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts of the OHL, he led all defensemen in scoring with 11 goals, 59 assists for 70 points, all career-highs for the 20-year old native from Brampton, Ontario.

“We’re pleased to have Nick signed to a three-year contract,” said Regier. “He’s made tremendous progress since we drafted him two years ago in the sixth round, and we look forward to him having a bright future with the Buffalo Sabres organization.”

Crawford was named to the OHL’s First All-Star Team, and finished second in voting for the OHL’s Defenseman of the Year. In addition, Crawford was selected as the league’s Best Offensive Defenseman in the annual OHL Coaches Poll and was fourth among all Canadian Hockey League blueliners in points; second in assists; and his plus-51 trailed only the plus-56 posted by Colby Robak of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.

Crawford added 12 assists in 17 playoff games as Barrie advanced to the OHL Championship Series before being eliminated by Windsor.

In 264 games, Crawford scored 140 points (23+117) with Barrie and Saginaw.

The Sabres selected Crawford in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

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