BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed Will Borgen, one of their top defense prospects, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced today.
Borgen, who just finished his junior season at St. Cloud State University, will sign an amateur tryout and report to the AHL Rochester Americans. His NHL contract will kick in next season.
The Sabres selected the 6-foot-2, 188-pound Borgen in the fourth round, 92nd overall, in 2015.
Borgen, 21, compiled five goals and 41 points in 106 career NCAA appearances, including two goals and 15 points in 36 contests this season. He was named the National College Hockey Conference’s top defensive defenseman for 2017-18.
He earned a spot on Team USA’s Olympic squad for the recent Ryeongchang Games, although he didn’t play.
On Friday, Air Force upset No. 1 seed St. Cloud 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In other news, the Amerks also signed forward Judd Peterson, Borgen’s St. Cloud teammate, to an amateur tryout today.
The Sabres drafted Peterson in the seventh round, 224th overall, in 2012.
Peterson, 24, compiled 37 goals and 65 points in 151 career NCAA games over four years. He had six goals and 18 points in 40 contests this season.
The 6-foot, 193-pound Peterson was one of two captains for St. Cloud this season.