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Sabres, forward DiPietro agree on 1-year deal

Forward tallied 29 points as senior with Western Michigan

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with forward Dawson DiPietro on a one-year, entry-level contract.

DiPietro, 24, recently completed his senior season at Western Michigan, where he was teammates with Sabres prospect Mattias Samuelsson. He tallied 29 points (12+17) in 35 games, upping his career total to 88 points (34+54) in 105 NCAA contests. 

DiPietro participated in the Sabres' annual development camp last summer. He was a member of the winning team in the 3-on-3 French Connection Tournament, skating as part of a group that included forward Tage Thompson and defensemen Jacob Bryson and Ryan Johnson.

"Dawson was excellent at our development camp last summer, where he was able to showcase his speed and skill," Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said. "His high-energy, up-tempo style was an important asset for Western Michigan, and we're excited to add his skillset to our group."

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Dawson DiPietro had his coffee this morning. 🙌

The Medina, Ohio native said that week that he had been a fan of the Sabres and attended games in Buffalo growing up. He spoke highly of his experience at development camp.

"Nobody knows each other when you walk in, but everybody shakes your hand, everybody meets you," he said. "It's a family atmosphere."

DiPietro is the second NCAA forward signed by the Sabres during the past week, following the addition of Penn State winger Brandon Biro last Wednesday. 

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