Casey Nelson signs his jersey for a fan in April. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign Casey Nelson to 2-year contract extension

BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed defenseman Casey Nelson, who joined the NHL straight from the NCAA in March, to a two-year contract extension, the team announced today.

The deal is worth $650,000 per season, according to generalfanager.com. Nelson, 23, would have become a restricted free agent Friday.

The Wisconsin native compiled four assists in seven NHL contests last season. The Sabres signed him as a free agent after he completed his junior season at Minnesota State University, where he scored 14 goals and 60 points in 99 career games.

Nelson could be ticketed for the minors in his first full professional season.

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