The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year contract extension.
In his first full NHL season in 2015-16, McCabe (6’0”, 214 lbs., 10/12/1993) recorded 14 points (4+10) in 77 games and led all Sabres with a plus-6 rating. His average ice time of 19:07 per game ranked him 11th among all NHL rookies and his 14 points tied for eighth-most among rookie defensemen.
McCabe, who has appeared in 86 NHL games during parts of the last three seasons, has totaled 15 career points (4+11), a plus-3 rating and 66 penalty minutes since being selected by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Prior to joining the Sabres full-time, he spent most of the 2014-15 season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he led all Rochester defensemen in points per game as rookie with 29 points (5+24) in 57 games.
A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, McCabe has represented the United States several times throughout his career, including two IIHF World Championship appearances (2014 and 2016). He captained the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he was named to the tournament’s All-Star team and was also on the team that won the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.