It’s about damn time, Darcy! Sabres sign Enroth

Jhonas EnrothThose Sabres sure do like waiting until the last minute.

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have signed goaltender Jhonas Enroth, just hours before the Sabres would have lost his rights.

“We’re very happy to have Jhonas under contract,” said Regier. “He’s performed very well in Europe, and we look forward to his continued development as a member of our organization.”

Enroth (6/25/1988, 5’10”, 175 lbs.) spent last season with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League, and led all goaltenders with a 2.13 GAA in 27 games. A finalist for the league’s Rookie of the Year award, Enroth finished the year with a record of 10-14-3, along with two shutouts and a .932 save percentage.

Honestly, the term “disaster” might not be strong enough to describe the situation if they didn’t get Enroth’s name on paper.

If Enroth was not signed by the end of the day today, the Sabres would have lost his rights. (I’m not sure if he would’ve gone back in the draft or been UFA, due to the lack of an IIHF-NHL transfer agreement.) For a team that has a history of botching deadlines (see: Zigomanis, Michael), it was important for them not to do that today.

Jhonas EnrothTo state the obvious, Enroth has a bright future. Some have been calling him the best goalie to come out of Sweden since Henrik Lundqvist. He will likely be the starter for Portlan… I mean, Buffalo’s yet-to-be-announced farm team next season. It may not be long until he is ready for NHL duty.

Enroth’s ability to play at the NHL level may be a pretty important consideration come next offseason. With Ryan Miller’s contact expiring at the end of next season, there’s a possibility there may be a vacancy in the Sabres’ crease.

Will Enroth fill it? Who knows.

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Posted on May 31, 2008, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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