Bryson signs en­try level con­tract with Sabres

2017 fourth-round pick ex­celled at Prov­i­dence

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Fresh off an ap­pear­ance in Buf­falo in the Frozen Four, Prov­i­dence Col­lege de­fense­man Ja­cob Bryson has signed a three-year en­try level con­tract with the Sabres.

Bryson will sign an am­a­teur try­out con­tract and re­port to the Rochester Amer­i­cans, who be­gin prepa­ra­tions Wed­nes­day for the first round of the Amer­i­can Hockey League play­offs. Game 1 against Toronto is Fri­day night. Bryson’s en­try-level deal will start with next sea­son.

Bryson, a Sabres’ fourth-round pick in 2017, had four goals and 24 as­sists for 28 points in 42 games and was Prov­i­dence’s team cap­tain this past sea­son. His as­sist and point to­tals were ca­reer highs. He fin­ished his Fri­ars’ ca­reer with 73 points (11 goals and 62 as­sists) in 121 games.

Dur­ing the Frozen Four, Bryson said he re­mains in reg­u­lar con­tact with the Sabres’ de­vel­op­ment staff.

“They give me things that they want me to do every game,” Bryson said, “and I think it’s my job to kind of get to those ex­pec­ta­tions every game, be­cause you don’t want to have one good game, one bad game. You want to play every game at your best. I try to reach those ex­pec­ta­tions of what they give me, just lit­tle tips here and there. I get tips from [Prov­i­dence] Coach [Nate] Lea­man and I get tips from them, too, so I kind of get the best of both worlds and that’s what makes the best play­ers.

“The de­vel­op­ment staff, they’re amaz­ing. They

come out to a lot of games dur­ing the year and they do such a good job of keep­ing tabs on their play­ers and mak­ing sure that you can get bet­ter every day by their help.”

An­other po­ten­tial can­di­date to be the Buf­falo Sabres’ next coach is off the board.

The Philadel­phia Fly­ers an­nounced Mon­day that they have hired Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in fran­chise his­tory.

The 57-year-old has spent 16 sea­sons as an NHL coach, most re­cently a five-year stint with the New York Rangers, which be­gan with a Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal ap­pear­ance in 2013-14 and ended when they missed the play­offs last sea­son. According to Pierre LeBrun, Vigneault re­ceived a five-year deal worth $25 mil­lion.

”We are ex­tremely ex­cited to have Alain join this fran­chise and lead our team be­hind the bench for many years to come,” Fly­ers Gen­eral Man­ager Chuck Fletcher said in a state­ment. “He brings a tremen­dous amount of suc­cess over an ex­tended pe­riod of time that will prove valu­able to our team to take the next steps in re­turn­ing the win­ning cul­ture to the Philadel­phia Fly­ers or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

”It is an honor to be se­lected as the next head coach of the Fly­ers,” Vigneault said in the same state­ment. “The his­tory they have es­tab­lished and the pas­sion­ate fan base has made this a first-class fran­chise. I am ex­cited to work with Chuck, the tal­ented group of play­ers and prospects com­ing up through the sys­tem, in or­der to re­turn Philadel­phia to the top of the NHL land­scape.”

Vigneault was men­tioned as a pos­si­ble can­di­date for the Sabres be­cause of a re­cent con­nec­tion to Sabres Gen­eral Man­ager Ja­son Bot­ter­ill.

The lat­ter is serv­ing on the man­age­ment team for Team Canada’s en­trant in the World Cham­pi­onships next month, while Vigneault will be the coach.

Sharon Cantillon/Buf­falo News

De­fense­man Ja­cob Bryson had 4 goals and 24 as­sists for Prov­i­dence Col­lege this past sea­son.

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