Sabres recall forwards, return defenseman Pilut
BUFFALO – The Buffalo Sabres announced Friday the recall of forwards Danny O’Regan and Scott Wilson from the Rochester Americans (AHL). The recalls come as the Sabres reported Kyle Okposo has been placed on injured reserve after he recently sustained a concussion. It is the third concussion of Okposo’s career.
O’Regan (5’10”, 180 lbs., DOB 1/30/1994) joins the Sabres on his first recall this season after recording 34 points (18+16) in 53 games with the Amerksthis season. In three professional seasons, O’Regan has totaled 132 points (54+78) in 165 AHL games.
A native of Berlin, Germany, O’Regan appeared in two games for Buffalo in 2017-18 after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks in February 2018. That was the deal which saw the Sabres ship Evander Kane to the Sharks. O’Regan has totaled five points (1+4) in 24 career NHL games since being selected by the Sharks in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
After being acquired by the Sabres in December 2017, Wilson (5’11”, 186 lbs., DOB 4/24/1992) recorded 14 points (6+8) in 49 games for the Sabres in 2017-18. He has amassed seven points (3+4) in 17 games with Rochester this season. An ankle injury sidelined him for the first three months of the season and he joined the Amerks after clearing waivers.
A seventh-round pick (208th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Wilson has appeared in 172 NHL games with the Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 46 points (19+27).
In corresponding moves, Okposo was placed on IR and rookie defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been returned to Rochester where he began his first professional season in North America. He is a native of Sweden.
Another Swedish member of the Buffalo organization, goaltender Jonas Johansson, has undergone surgery and will miss the rest of the season, Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced Friday..
Sexton said, “We’re pleased that Jonas’ surgery was successful and he will start the rehab process tomorrow. He is a talented young goalie that has developed nicely over the past two seasons and we have every expectation that this slight setback will in no way derail his continued development.”
A 2014 third-round pick of the Sabres, the 23-year-old second-year netminder earned a 4-1-0 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in five appearances with Rochester this season. The Gavle, Sweden, native also appeared in 27 contests for the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL), where he went 18-5-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average, a .908 save percentage and three shutouts.
Johansson was named the CCM/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 12-18 after going 2-0-0 with a shutout, a .050 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage and had season-long a five-game win streak with Cincinnati from Nov. 4 to 23.
In 19 AHL games over two seasons, Johansson holds a record of 11-7-1. He has a 3.05 goals against average and an .891 save percentage.