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The Sabres Need To Sign Cal Petersen

The Buffalo Sabres have an owner who essential opens his wallet and hands them a blank check. Money is no object. However, the Sabres have been successful developing their own talent such as Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, and Rasmus Ristolainen. But, it has been some time since they developed their own goalie. Ryan Miller comes to mind. Both of the Sabres current netminders, Robin Lehner and Anders Nilsson, came to Buffalo from different franchises.

There may be a chance for that to change, however. The Sabres drafted Cal Petersen with the 129th overall pick in 2013. Petersen chose to attend college at the University of Notre Dame. In Petersen’s three seasons with the Fighting Irish, he has a record of 55-39-11. The Sabres have until August 15 to sign Petersen, after that he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The 6’3″, 189 lb netminder was the third-string goalie for the USA World Championship team. A great opportunity to learn under Jimmy Howard and Connor Hellebuyck, although he didn’t  see ice time in a game as USA were eliminated in the quarterfinals Thursday by Finland.

However, while Petersen remains undecided about his future as a professional, he is soaking up what the World Championships has to offer, telling USAHockey.com, “I’m giving this opportunity as kind of a big measuring stick to see where I match up and see if I can be successful and compete at this level, so this is a huge opportunity for me to clear up any questions I would have had about what to do next year.”

So while the Sabres’ new general manager Jason Botterill has a laundry list of things to do. Signing Cal Petersen should be one of his top priorities. Because if the Sabres want to turn things around, it will probably have to start from the net on out. Maybe Petersen is the guy that has been missing from the puzzle.

Courtney Wagner

Courtney Wagner

Writer for the Buffalo Sabres at The Runner Sports
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My name is Courtney and I graduated from James Madison University in 2015. I am proud to call Rochester, New York my hometown. The journey has just begun.
Courtney Wagner