The Buffalo Sabres Wednesday afternoon added another Swedish-born netminder in Jonas Johansson to a three-year, entry-level contract. He joins his countrymen Linus Ullmark and Anders Nilsson. The 22 yr old will most likely end up competing for the starting role for the Sabres AHL Rochester Americans.
Johansson’s 6.’ 4.”, 206lbs stature fits right into the mold the Buffalo Sabres set last season with the likes of 6.’ 4.”, 239lb Robin Lehner along with Anders Nilsson who sports a 6.’ 6.”, 229lb frame.
Keeping with the size factor, the Sabres in their system also have Linus Ullmark at 6.’ 4.” 220lb and Jason Kasdorf, who split time in the (ECHL) Elmira Jackals and the (AHL) Rochester Americans.
Johansson as well saw time in Rochester at the end of the last season, compiling a 3-3-1 record with a 2.85 goals-against average. He was Buffalo’s third-round pick (61st overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
“He’s a great kid,” Jack Eichel told The Buffalo News on Wednesday. “I obviously told him that we’d love to have him. I just kind of gave him a bit of an earful about what Buffalo is like, how passionate the people were here and how great an organization it is.
“I told him, ‘You’ve got to do what’s best for you at all times, but if you have any questions, if you need anybody to talk to about it, about the process, the situation, you can reach out to me.’”
Where will the big netminder end up? He has every chance of competing for the backup role behind Sabres starter Lehner. The goalie competition at training camp in September will be stout.
The Sabres also received word today from another goaltending prospect in Cal Petersen. Buffalo’s 2013 NHL draft pick out of Notre Dame. The team will have 30 days to sign him as he agreed to leave school early and turn pro. Petersen, 22, spent the last three seasons with the Fighting Irish helping to lead Notre Dame to their third Frozen Four in school history.