Olofsson signs deal with Sabres
Victor Olofsson hopes to make a big impact in the game as he lands a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. The forward looks to get a better run this time after missing the playoffs last year. Now he is confident to leave his mark in the team with a big boost in their roster.
The 25-year-old forward is already a restricted free agent and is set for the salary arbitration as well. He tallied 42 points on 20 goals and 22 assists in just 54 games for the Sabres last season. He was tied for fourth among rookies in points and was tied for second in goals.
‘It's kind of what I've been working for all my life, so it's a great feeling for sure’, Olofsson said of his new deal with the team. ‘I mean, first of all, it's a really good contract and it's kind of life-changing for me’.
The 2019 all-rookie forward has been really doing a great job of being a big factor in helping the Sabres fight back last season. He was seen as the reliable backup and sidekick for Jack Eichel. Now, he might just work as a third star in a big three with Eichel and Taylor Hall - who was also added to the team in the offseason.
Olofsson is really excited to play with both Hall and Eric Staal this season. Staal was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on September 16. It seems that the team is headed for a bigger run this time around, and with Olofsson still around, they might just actually become a playoff contender.
‘But at the same time I know I can do even better and I want to prove myself in the upcoming year’, he added. ‘I'm just really excited to be a part of this organization. I think we're building something great here so it's going to be a good start to this journey’.
Selected by the Sabres with the 181st pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Olofsson is now set to be a big part of a team that is aiming to get themselves back in the playoff picture in the best way they could.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores