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Buffalo Sabres sign 2nd Round Pick Brendan Guhle

Raiders defenceman Brendan Guhle celebrates the lone Raiders goal. Photo Credit: Jeff D’Andrea, paNOW Staff

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reported via Twitter Monday the Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Brendan Guhle to an entry-level contract.

The team later announced the three-year signing on their official website.

Brendan Guhle played with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders the past two seasons. He made a name for himself there, but it wasn’t until he arrived at Buffalo Sabres development camp that he became a stand-out prospect.

Guhle was one of the best players on the ice throughout the entire week. He impressed many with his mental awareness and physical play.

That has carried over from Prince Albert and hopefully stick with him during his NHL career. Guhle is only 17 years of age (18 in about 2 days). This means he will likely spend another year in the WHL before coming to the AHL’s Rochester Americans, or possibly the Buffalo Sabres.

Guhle shares similarities to another Sabres prospect, Mark Pysyk. Pysyk and Guhle are both Sherwood Park, Alberta natives and both were also selected 3rd overall in their respective WHL Bantam drafts. Pysyk was picked by the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he eventually won a Memorial Cup.

Benn Kerr from LastWordOnSports.com had this to say about Guhle.

“Guhle has the potential to be a top four defenceman, and to play on the powerplay for his team if he can reach his potential. However there is a bit of development necessary here, and the team that drafts him will need to have some patience. Guhle’s game is reminiscent of Nathan Beaulieu of the Montreal Canadiens, though this is a style comparison and not one based on talent.”