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Sabres re-sign 3

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has signed two defensemen and a hometown forward to contract extensions.

Defensemen Casey Nelson and Jake McCabe were signed to two-year and three-year contract extensions, respectively, while forward Cole Schneider -- of Williamsville -- was signed to a one-year deal.

Nelson (6’2”, 183 lbs., 7/18/1992) made his professional debut with the Sabres during the 2015-16 season and recorded four assists and a plus-1 rating in seven games. Before signing with Buffalo, Nelson earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 22 points (6+16) in 40 games for Minnesota State University.

The Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin native amassed 60 total points (14+46) and a plus-28 rating in 99 games during his collegiate career, leading the team in plus/minus rating and leading Minnesota State defensemen in scoring in both his sophomore and junior seasons.


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.


A native of Williamsville, Schneider (6’1”, 198 lbs., 8/26/1990) appeared in his first two NHL games in April 2016 with the Sabres. He finished the 2015-16 season leading all Rochester Americans (AHL) skaters with 56 points (21+35) in 73 games in 2015-16, including 14 points (4+10) in 19 games with the Americans after being acquired by the Sabres from the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 27.

In six AHL seasons with the Americans and the Binghamton Senators, Schneider has appeared in 282 regular-season games, recording 205 points (87+118), a plus-15 rating and 126 penalty minutes. He has totaled more than 20 goals and more than 50 points in each of his last three seasons.

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