Noah Ostlund recently spent some time in Rochester. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres prospect Noah Ostlund to play next season in Sweden

Buffalo Sabres prospect Noah Ostlund has decided to play in Sweden for another year.

Ostlund, the 16th overall pick in 2022, will be spending the 2023-24 season with Swedish Hockey League’s Vaxjo Lakers, the team announced Monday.

The center played 11 games in the SHL in 2021-22 with his former team, Djurgardens, before it was relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan, a second-division league.

Ostlund, 19, joined the Rochester Americans for about two weeks last month to get a feel for the organization and the AHL. He was still recovering from a foot injury he suffered with Djurgardens, so he only practiced during the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The youngster signed his entry-level NHL contract last year.

The 5-foot-11, 163-pound Ostlund scored eight goals and 26 points in 37 games with Djurgardens in 2022-23. He registered zero points during his short run in the SHL.

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