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OFFICIAL:Sabres Sign 3 year ELC with Artuu Ruotsalainen

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Unless his development takes a significant uptick (one can hope)  ... he’ll probably top off as a pretty good AHLer with some spot duty in the NHL from time to time. 

Very nice depth signing. Too many don’t pay attention to these type of signings because if they don’t make the Sabres, it’s off their radar and/or don’t care. These signings are important to an organization. And they all do it.

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38 minutes ago, Zamboni said:

Unless his development takes a significant uptick (one can hope)  ... he’ll probably top off as a pretty good AHLer with some spot duty in the NHL from time to time. 

Very nice depth signing. Too many don’t pay attention to these type of signings because if they don’t make the Sabres, it’s off their radar and/or don’t care. These signings are important to an organization. And they all do it.

Totally agree that these types of signings are important and shouldn't be downplayed.  Sometimes these guys don't work out at all.  Sometimes they become good AHL players, which is always good to have.  Sometimes they will surprise and show themselves to be useful NHL players.

For example, one year ago, who thought that Pilut was going to immediately show that he was an NHL 3rd pair D at worst?  Two years ago, it looked like Rodrigues was probably going to be a career AHLer and when he signed he was considered by the fanbase to be mostly a favor to Eichel.  Now he looks like a decent versatile NHL bottom-6er.

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26 minutes ago, Sabre1974 said:

What's everyone's expectations on this guy?  Bottom 6 forward at most?

Probably like a 3rd liner who plays a solid 2 way game and can chip in a little scoring, ~15 goals/30-35 pts, despite being undersized.  That’s my expectation.

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42 minutes ago, Curt said:

Probably like a 3rd liner who plays a solid 2 way game and can chip in a little scoring, ~15 goals/30-35 pts, despite being undersized.  That’s my expectation.

That's my expectations.

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I think if he doesn’t develop into a top 6 forward his likelihood of being an NHL player is low.

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5 minutes ago, Weave said:

I think if he doesn’t develop into a top 6 forward his likelihood of being an NHL player is low.

Why do you think that?  He seems to be quite a versatile player.

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7 minutes ago, Curt said:

Why do you think that?  He seems to be quite a versatile player.

Would be interesting to see what Botts plans are for him. I would like to see him on the team next year along with Cozens if ready along with a hopefully confident mittlestadt, tage Thompson. 

Hopefully. 

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17 minutes ago, Curt said:

Why do you think that?  He seems to be quite a versatile player.

Few undersized players excel outside of top 6 roles.

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28 minutes ago, Weave said:

Few undersized players excel outside of top 6 roles.

You could be right.  I’m thinking like a Alex Keerfoot/Jean-Gabriel Pageau type of player as his ceiling.

We probably wont know until he gets an extended look in the NHL.  He is already putting up around a point per game in a league nearly the quality of the AHL at age 22.

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