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Sabres acquire Kahun from Pittsburgh

24-year-old has 27 points in 50 games this season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Dominik Kahun from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forwards Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary. 

Kahun, 24, has 27 points (10+17) in 50 games this season. He's averaging 2.31 points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, which ranked sixth on the Penguins. 

The Czech-born forward was raised in Germany, where he beat out current Edmonton Oilers star Leon Draisaitl for the DNL (Germany's developmental league) scoring title with 57 points in 2011-12. He was a three-time champion in Germany's pro league (DEL) with EHC München. 

Kahun signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks in summer 2018 and tallied 37 points (13+24) as a rookie last season. He was acquired by Pittsburgh as part of a package that sent defenseman Olli Maatta to Chicago this past summer. 

Kahun's international resume includes three World Junior appearances, four World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2018 Olympic Games, where he scored five points (2+3) in seven games.  

 

What it means

The Sabres made one more move to transform their forward group after starting the day with the acquisition of Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey. 

Whereas Simmonds added a veteran presence with a knack for the net front, Kahun is a versatile young forward who came into the league as a centerman but has seen time on both wings this season. That includes 129:07 of even-strength ice time alongside Evgeni Malkin. 

Kahun could return to his natural position and provide center depth behind Jack Eichel or replace Sheary on the wing. Sheary had been skating on a line with Jimmy Vesey and Marcus Johansson in recent games while Rodrigues sat the past two contests as a healthy scratch. 

The Sabres return to practice Tuesday before heading out west for a four-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Colorado. 
 

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