The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have signed Notre Dame junior forward Andrew Oglevie to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Fullerton, CA native leaves college after a sparkling season that saw him lead the Fighting Irish to the finals of the Frozen Four where they came up short against University of Minnesota-Duluth this last weekend, with Oglevie scoring their lone goal in a 2-1 loss. He was later named to the the NCAA All-Tournament Team, leading all skaters with seven points (3G, 4A) in his four post-season games.
We've signed forward Andrew Oglevie to an entry-level contract.— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 11, 2018
Welcome to Buffalo, @AOglevie!
As a junior at @NDHockey, Oglevie served as alternate captain & ranked 2nd among Fighting Irish skaters with 39 points (15G, 24A), leading the team in goals for the 2nd straight year. pic.twitter.com/5WTu4uOKvu
The forward served as an alternate captain this season and ranked second among Fighting Irish skaters with 39 points (15G, 24A) during the regular season. He stands 5’10” and 181 lbs, but has a bite to his game and can be considered a two-way center that makes smart plays in both the offensive and defensive zones.
Oglevie became a clutch scorer for Notre Dame during his three years there, finishing his collegiate career with 89 points in 107 games including an epic overtime game-winning goal that sent Notre Dame to the Frozen Four in 2017.
An OT Winner to send the Fighting Irish to the Frozen Four!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 26, 2017
You are a LEGEND, Andrew Oglevie!! pic.twitter.com/fTDTeioTvf
Born on February 16, 1995, Oglevie played at the Culver Military Academy in Indiana during the 2010-11 season before joining up with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the United States Hockey League (USHL). He registered 114 points in 211 career games, including 53 points in 50 games his final season with the Roughriders in 2014-15.
The forward then joined Notre Dame beginning the 2015-16 season, scoring five goals and four assists in 31 games as a rookie. He followed that up with a great sophomore season scoring 21 goals and 20 assists in 40 games, which led to a Most Improved Player award.
From the Notre Dame SBN blog One Foot Down -
“Oglevie started with the Irish as more of a perimeter player, but has since developed into a major scoring threat as his career has progressed. He is a solid two way forward and currently tied with defenseman Jordan Gross for second on the team in total points. He regularly plays as the center of Notre Dame’s second line, and serves as an assistant captain along with Gross.”
His future in Buffalo really depends on his camp. If he can have an impact like CJ Smith he could join the NHL club to start and depending on the direction of the Sabres could later push the Rochester Americans to success. However, a lot will depend on what offseason moves Jason Botterill makes because there could be a lot of holes to fill on the Sabres roster next season.