Buffalo drafted Marcus Davidsson 37th overall. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres don’t give 2017 second-round pick Marcus Davidsson contract

The Buffalo Sabres did not give 2017 second-round pick Marcus Davidsson an entry-level contract by today’s 5 p.m. deadline, making the center a free agent.

The Sabres selected Davidsson 37th overall in ex-general manager Jason Botterill’s first draft, 17 picks before they took goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who played his first four NHL games in April.

Davidsson is the only player from the Sabres’ 2017 draft class they did not sign. Their other selections – Luukkonen, center Casey Mittelstadt, defensemen Oskari Laaksonen and Jacob Bryson and winger Linus Weissbach – all earned NHL contracts.

Davidsson has spent his entire career in his native Sweden. He played with three teams in 2020-21, including a 12-game stint in which he registered one assist for Växjö Lakers HC, a Swedish Hockey League team. He also spent time with two clubs in HockeyAllsvenskan, a second-tier league.

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