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Sabres assign Pilut to Amerks

Rochester plays Saturday in Syracuse

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned defenseman Lawrence Pilut to Rochester. 

Pilut, 24, has appeared in 11 games with the Sabres this season. He has been scratched the past two games after being recalled prior to last Sunday's contest against Anaheim. 

"He's got such an unbelievable strong, positive attitude towards what it takes to be an NHL player," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said after practice Wednesday. "I mean, he doesn't want to leave anything to chance. His physical base and his willingness to sacrifice to play within a team game is very high. We've seen it in Rochester now for a year and a half and off and on here in Buffalo. 

"He's just another exciting player for the future. Just a step off of being in the top six at the moment, but he's putting a lot of pressure on the top six and that's what we want from Lawrence. Keep putting the pressure on. We have to make sure he doesn't go too long without playing, and that's the beauty of our relationship with Rochester." 

Pilut has 22 points (6+16) in 31 games with the Amerks this season. He was named to the AHL All-Star Classic for the second straight year.  

The Amerks play at Syracuse on Saturday night, then return home to host Utica on Sunday afternoon. 

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