Justin Kea will likely go to the AHL soon. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign Justin Kea to entry-level deal, reportedly close to inking Jake McCabe

BUFFALO – The Sabres today signed forward Justin Kea to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Kea, the 73rd overall pick in 2012, compiled 51 goals and 117 points in 253 games over four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit. The 20-year-old had a career-high 22 goals, 49 points and plus-14 rating in 58 games this season.

Kea, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, is expected to report to AHL Rochester soon on an amateur tryout agreement

In other news, general manager Tim Murray told WGR the Sabres are close to signing Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe, the 44th pick in 2012. The 20-year-old would report to Buffalo if he signs.

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