Vancouver (WBEN/WGR-Derek Kramer) - The Buffalo Sabres selected a goaltender with their third round pick, taking goaltender Erik Portillo 67th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, followed by trading up to select winger Aaron Huglen
Portillo, 6'6"and 207 lbs., becomes the latest to join the Sabres goaltending pipeline, after the organization was dealt a blow with the surgery for Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen. Portillo had a 1.99 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in 26 games for Frolunda in Sweden's junior league.
Huglen is committed to play for the University of Minnesota, same as first round defenseman Ryan Johnson, in the 2020-21 season.
The Buffalo Sabres rounded out their 2019 NHL Draft class with a pair of wingers in the fifth and sixth rounds. In the fifth round, Buffalo traded up to select winger Filip Cederqvist from Sweden. In the sixth round, Buffalo used their final pick to take Lukas Rousek, a winger from the Czech Republic.
Cederqvist wound up starting out for the Vaxjo junior team in Sweden, scoring 32 points in 26 games before being promoted to Vaxjo's main club. Cederqvist had 8 points in 33 games with the main club in the SHL. Cederqvist is expected to remain oversas with Vaxjo next season. Buffalo traded picks 177 and 191 to move up to pick 143 to take Cederqvist.
The Sabres finished up their draft with the selection of Rousek, who is a winger for Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic. Rousek had 10 points in just three games for Sparta's junior team before being promoted to Sparta's main club, where Rousek tallied 9 points in 34 games.
The newest Sabres prospects will report for Sabres development camp, which will go from June 26th to the 29th.