Sabres sign Russian winger Viktor Neuchev to entry-level contract

Neuchev scored 40 goals while playing junior hockey back in Russia

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres have signed another one of their prospects from their 2022 NHL Draft class with third-round pick Viktor Neuchev agreeing to his three-year entry level deal.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound left winger played in the KHL for Yekaterinburg Automobilist this past year, netting four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 57 games.

During his draft year in the 2021-22 campaign, Neuchev played junior hockey in the Russia’s MHL, netting 40 goals and 67 points in 61 games.

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Last summer, the Sabres signed all three of their 2022 first-round picks in Matt Savoie, Noah Östlund and Jiri Kulich.

In 2021, the Sabres and Jerry Forton started drafting Russian players again. Buffalo took two in the second round - Prokhor Poltapov and Aleksandr Kisakov - one in the third round - Stiven Sardarian - and one in the sixth round - Nikita Novikov. Of that group of Russian prospects, only Kisakov has signed so far.

The 20-year-old Kisakov, speaking very little English, spent his first season in North America, scoring six goals and two assists for eight points in 48 games with the Amerks.

He has yet to play in a playoff game this spring.

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