Bryson signs entry level contract with Sabres
2017 fourth-round pick excelled at Providence
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.
Defenseman Jacob Bryson had 4 goals and 24 assists for Providence College this past season.