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Sabres sign Pysyk, 2010 first-round pick

Mark Pysyk has one more year of junior hockey to play, but that hasn't stopped the Sabres from signing him to an NHL contract.

Pysyk, the Sabres' first-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, has agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal. The contract is potentially worth $2.7 million, with an NHL salary of $900,000 for each season.

The 19-year-old defenseman is the captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. The slick skater had six goals and 34 assists in 63 games this season, recording a plus-29 rating and 88 penalty minutes.

"Mark is a very intelligent hockey player who has played in all situations in junior," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said in a statement. "He is a very strong skater with good puck-moving abilities, and is developing into a very solid two-way defenseman."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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