REPORT: Sabres Lose Defenseman Borgen In NHL Expansion Draft
It looks like the Buffalo Sabres will be without one of their budding young defensemen when they start the next season.
The NHL expansion draft happened today and while it will air tonight at 8 pm on ESPN 2 on tape delay, lots of rumors are coming out about who the Seattle Kracken has chosen in the draft.
Seattle was able to select from a list of unprotected players from 30 NHL teams, the Las Vegas Knights were exempted from the draft since they have only been in the league for a couple of seasons.
Seattle was able to draft three goaltenders, 11 defensemen, and 14 forwards. They were only allowed to select one player from each of the 30 other teams' unprotected lists.
According to several reports on social media, it looks like Seattle has selected defenceman Will Borgen from the Buffalo Sabres.
Borgen was the 95th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut for the Sabres on March 26.2019 as Buffalo took on the Ottawa Senators.
For his pro career, Borgen has played in a total of 14 NHL games, he hasn't scored a point yet and has been given four penalty minutes.
Besides playing for Buffalo, Borgen was also a member of Team USA Hockey where he won bronze at the 2016 World Junior Championship and was part of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
With the loss of Borgen, the Buffalo Sabres currently have 10 defensemen on their roster that includes Rasmus Dahlin, Colin Miller, and Rasmus Ristolainen.
Of course, the Sabres roster is expected to see a major overhaul this offseason with several trade rumours involving Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and others.
Up next for the Sabres is the NHL drat where they hold the #1 overall pick this year.