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Buffalo’s fourth-round selection in 2018 set to join Rochester

Matej Pekar (73) Skates during the Buffalo Sabres Prospects game against the Boston Bruins Sept. 8, 2018 at Harborcenter in Buffalo. Photo by Sara Schmidle

ROCHESTER - The Buffalo Sabres have reassigned Czech Republic forward Matej Pekar to the Amerks, Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced March 19Pekar was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Pekar, 19, played 33 games this season with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  Sexton stated Pekar has been rehabbing from a long-term injury. With the Barrie Colts  Pekar recorded 36 points (14+22) in 33 games. During his time in the OHL, the 6-foot, 175-pound forward posted nine multi-point games, which included five three-point games. He opened the year with a season-long six-game point streak, scoring five goals and assisting on five others, from Sept. 20 to Oct. 6.

"We're pleased that Matej will be joining us in Rochester as part of continuing his development process,” said Sexton. “He is coming off a long-term injury, so whether he plays games remains to be seen. More importantly, he'll have the opportunity to immerse himself in the pro hockey environment, which we believe is a critical component of any young player's development."

Before joining the Colts, the Turnov, Czech Republic, native spent the 2017-18 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks (UHSL). That campaign saw him end up second on the team with 54 points (14+40) in 56 games, earning USHL Rookie of the Year honors. Pekar’s 40 assists, which led all Lumberjacks, ranked fourth in the USHL while his 54 points were tied for 12th in the league.

Internationally, Pekar has represented the Czech Republic on multiple occasions. Among those appearances was the 2019 IIHF World U-20 Championship. He was also a member of the 2018 U-18 team and helped Czech Republic to a second-place finish at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

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