Lawrence Pilut had spent the entire season in Rochester. ©2019, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres recall Lawrence Pilut before trip to Sweden

The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from the Rochester Americans tonight before they left for their two-game trip to Sweden.

Pilut, 23, is one of six Swedes on the roster. He will likely serve as a spare defenseman during the trip.

The Sabres had seven healthy defenders before Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

To make room for Pilut, the Sabres placed defenseman Marco Scandella (lower body) on injured reserve.

Pilut played 33 NHL games as a rookie in 2018-19. He has scored one goal and six points in eight AHL games this season.

The Sabres also announced tonight goalie Andrew Hammond, who has spent the entire season with the Amerks, will travel with them to Sweden.

The NHL allows teams to bring an extra goalie overseas for Global Series games. The Sabres play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and Saturday.

Hammond, 31, is 5-1-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage in eight games this season. He recorded a 28-save shutout in Saturday’s 6-0 win over the Utica Comets.

The Amerks, meanwhile, recalled top Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Cincinnati Cyclones today.

Luukkonen, 20, made 25 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Brampton Beast, his first action since undergoing hip surgery in late April.

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