BUFFALO – Defenseman Victor Antipin has officially joined the Sabres.
More than two months after it was first reported Antipin would leave the KHL for the NHL, the Sabres signed the 24-year-old to a one-year, entry-level contract today.
“Victor is a well-rounded defenseman who has played in all situations at the pro level,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in a statement. “His mobility and puck-moving skills make him a perfect match for what we’re hoping to build with our defense corps next season.”
The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Antipin compiled six goals and 24 points in 59 games this season, his fifth KHL campaign. The native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, added seven goals – the most among defensemen – and 11 points in 18 playoff contests.
Antipin, a left-handed shot, has never played in North America. He terminated his contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk earlier this month.
It was first reported in mid-March, before the Sabres fired GM Tim Murray, Antipin would join Buffalo. Antipin is Botterill’s first signing as GM.