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."