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Sabres re-sign Victor Olofsson to 2-year deal

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Victor Olofsson to a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $3.05 million, the team announced Thursday.

Olofsson, 25, tallied 42 points (20+22) in 54 games last season. His 20 goals tied for second among NHL rookies despite missing 15 contests due to injury, earning him a spot on the league’s All-Rookie Team.

Among rookies who played at least 40 games with the Sabres, Olofsson’s goals per game (.37) ranked seventh in franchise history. His points per game (.78) ranked 10th.

While his blistering shot quickly caught the attention of fans, it was Olofsson’s work ethic and willingness to make adjustments that impressed his veteran teammates.

“I think his work ethic and his dedication to hockey is probably the thing that jumps out the most,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said after the season. “Obviously, he wants to be a good hockey player. He cares about his game; he takes care of himself and he’s constantly works on his shot. He definitely holds himself accountable. When you put those things together, you’re bound to have success.”

Olofsson’s memorable rookie campaign was a testament to the patience and dedication that turned a seventh-round pick into a top-line NHL player. He had played parts of five seasons in the Swedish Hockey League before coming to North America, then spent 2018-19 in Rochester.