Buffalo drafted Olivier Nadeau in 2021. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres sign prospect Olivier Nadeau to entry-level contract

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Olivier Nadeau, a fourth-round pick in 2021, 97th overall, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

Nadeau, 19, set career highs across the board this season, recording 35 goals, 43 assists and a team-high 78 points in 65 games for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Shawinigan Cataractes. His 17 power-play goals were tied for fourth in the league.

The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Nadeau also registered two goals, six points and a plus-10 rating in 10 playoff contests this year.

Nadeau has compiled 63 goals and 146 points in 157 career games over three seasons in the QMJHL.

He’s the fourth prospect from the 2021 draft class the Sabres have signed, joining defenseman Owen Power and forwards Josh Bloom and Aleksandr Kisakov.

Winger Danick Martel scored four of the Laval Rocket’s six unanswered goals in Sunday’s 6-1 victory over the Rochester Americans in Game 1 of the AHL North Division final.

Martel scored late in the first period, tying the game after winger JJ Peterka put the Amerks up, and the go-ahead goal early in the second period. He also tallied later in the second period and early in the third at Place Bell.

Centers Cedric Paquette and Nate Schnarr scored Laval’s other goals.

Amerks goalie Aaron Dell, who made 16 saves, was pulled after Martel’s third goal 11:24 into the second period put Laval up 4-1. Michael Houser replaced Dell, stopping 16 of the 18 shots he faced.

Laval goalie Cayden Primeau made 31 stops.

The best-of-five Calder Cup Playoff series continues tonight in Laval.

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