Report: Sabres close to signing Swedish free agent Jesper Olofsson

May 18, 2020 - 5:49 pm

According to a report from the Swedish language daily newspaper V?rmlands Folkblad, the Buffalo Sabres are close to signing free agent Swedish forward Jesper Olofsson. He is the older brother of Sabres forward Victor Olofsson.

According to the report, Olofsson says that he has left the Swedish Hockey League club F?rjestad BK and will join the Sabres organization. The 28-year-old reportedly told the V?rmlands Folkblad that he signed a contract last week, and while he couldn't say which club he signed with, it's a foreign club and the news should become official pretty soon.

Olofsson, 28, has spent the past two seasons playing with F?rjestad BK, combining for 34 goals and 61 points in 95 games. In that time, the winger has scored back-to-back 17-goal seasons, which has put him in a tie for seventh place in league goal scoring for both seasons.

Olofsson has spent the past five seasons in the SHL, scoring a total of 69 goals, while registering 56 assists for 125 points in 254 games. He went undrafted in the 2011 NHL Draft after a season in the Swedish SuperElite U-20 league where he scored 33 goals and added 10 assists in 40 games playing with the MODO junior team.

On top of his playing time in Sweden, Olofsson spent one season playing professionally in Denmark, where he scored 19 goals and registered 34 points in 37 games for the Odense Bulldogs.

As for Victor, his first full season with the Sabres was a successful one with 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points in 54 games. He is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

The Olofsson brothers have not played together at a professional level to this point in their careers.

Keep it locked to WGR and for the latest on this developing story.

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