The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent forward Dawson DiPietro to a one-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.
DiPietro, a 24-year-old from Medina, Ohio, joins the Sabres organization after a few seasons at Western Michigan University.
The 5’11”, 185-pound forward previously played in the NAHL with the Topeka Roadrunners, Coulee Region Chill, Austin Bruins and Janesville Jets. He appeared in one game with Western Michigan in the 2016-17 season, making his debut in a tie against Bowling Green.
In his first full collegiate season, DiPietro recorded 35 points, including 22 assists, in 36 games with the Broncos. He was named Rob Hodge Co-Most Valuable Player and also led the team in scoring, winning a number of other accolades. He followed up that season with 23 points in his junior season, and 29 in his senior season.
Dream come true! I am extremely grateful to have this amazing opportunity to sign an NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres organization! Thank you Let’s work! https://t.co/O7zQGq3iTg— Dawson DiPietro (@DawsDiPietro) March 23, 2020
Buffalo Sabres’ general manager Jason Botterill noted his speed, high energy and “up-tempo style” as key assets to his game in a statement released by the team.
DiPietro attended Sabres’ development camp last summer and also played with Sabres prospect Mattias Samuelsson at Western Michigan.