Buffalo Sabres Sign Nathan Lieuwen To Entry Level Contract

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - MAY 21: Nathan Lieuwen #31 of the Kootenay Ice makes a toe save against the Owen Sound Attack in a 2011 CHL Mastercard Memorial Cup game on May 21, 2011 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Canada. The Attack defeated the Ice 5-0. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

In the slow news period of April and May, the Buffalo Sabres are quietly signing some prospects to entry level deals. On Saturday, the Sabres announced that they signed goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to a three-year entry level deal. According to CapGeek, the deal is worth $1.715 million if Lieuwen were to play in the NHL and $55,000 a year for an AHL contract.

Lieuwen played in five seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League and led the Ice to a Memorial Cup appearance in 2011, eventually losing to the Saint Johns Sea Dogs of the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League. During the five years, Lieuwen 85-59-8-7 with the Ice and had his best season in 2010-11 where he went 33-16-4 with a 2.79 goals against average and .903 save percentage.

Lieuwen will most likely join the Rochester Americans next season as his eligibility for the Ice has run out.

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