If the Seattle Kraken hadn’t selected Will Borgen from the Sabres in Wednesday’s NHL Expansion Draft, he likely would’ve competed for a spot among Buffalo’s top-six defensemen next season.
Borgen, 24, was close to enjoying regular duty last season before breaking his forearm.
So after six years of development – the Sabres drafted Borgen in the fourth round in 2015, 92nd overall – he departed just as he was maturing into an NHL talent.
Still, while the Sabres lost an asset in Borgen, he has only played 14 NHL games.
The Kraken drafted a player from every team except the Vegas Golden Knights, who were exempt because they entered the league in 2017.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Borgen has registered zero points and four penalty minutes in his brief big league career. After leaving St. Cloud State following his junior season in 2018, Borgen compiled four goals, 25 points and 132 penalty minutes in 130 AHL games over parts of three seasons for the Rochester Americans.
With Borgen gone, the Sabres will probably try to acquire another right-shot defenseman.
The Sabres are scheduled to hold their first in-person media availability this morning since March 11, 2020.
General manager Kevyn Adams, associate GM Jason Karmanos and director of amateur scouting Jerry Forton plan to address the media in the KeyBank Center pavilion to discuss Friday’s NHL Draft and other offseason plans.
The AHL on Wednesday announced the Amerks will open their 2021-22 home schedule Oct. 22 against the Syracuse Crunch at Blue Cross Arena.
The rest of the schedule will be released Friday.
Sabres winger Victor Olofsson has changed his number from 68 to 71. The Swede also wore No. 41 for his first six NHL games in 2018-19.