Sabres' Kahun didn't expect to be on his third NHL team

February 26, 2020 - 12:09 pm

(WGR 550) - With Pittsburgh out west, Dominik Kahun didn’t come to Buffalo and met the team in Denver on Tuesday. Kahun signed with Chicago in 2018 and then was traded to Pittsburgh after just one season with the Blackhawks. He said he wasn’t thinking he’d be moved again, “I was a little shocked, that’s for sure. I didn’t really see it coming, but I’m really, really happy to play for Buffalo now.”

Despite having injuries this season to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins are having a great year trailing Washington by just four points for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Kahun feels he took a lot from playing on a team like that, “I learned some new stuff in Pittsburgh because it’s a great team with very good players, so I learned from them and its made me better and stronger.”

Kahun had never played wing until he got to Chicago. He was a natural centerman and he said, “I played center all my life before I went to the NHL, then in Chicago I started to play wing and this year I played wing in Pittsburgh also, so I think it’s positive that I can be anywhere.”

Ralph Krueger has been using Marcus Johansson out of position at center this season because he really hasn’t had a choice. Kahun could become an option there, but not right away, “He gives us that option, not necessarily initially as he integrates into how we want to play, so for him it’s easier on the wing initially, but he definitely gives us that option as a centerman.”

The 24-year-old played two years of junior in Sudbury before going to Germany to play four years of pro hockey with Munich. Kahun said the experience prepared him for now, “It was the best thing I ever could do, I came to the OHL to get drafted and then to play in the NHL, but I didn’t get drafted there, so I thought I needed to go back home and have good seasons there and play with the National Team, so that helped me and I became a better player.”

Kahun has been nursing a lower-body injury. He said if he doesn’t play against the Avalanche, he’ll be ready Friday in Vegas. Pat Malcaro reports from Denver that Krueger said that Kahun will not play against Colorado. 

Kahun wore 24 in Chicago and Pittsburgh, but that’s Lawrence Pilut’s number so the newest Sabre decided to go with 95 since he was born in 1995.

Kahun knows Sabres assistant coach Don Granato well since they were in Chicago together.

The Sabres have a tough game at Colorado on Wednesday. Join me and Brian Koziol at 7:00 for the pregame where we’ll be joined by Ralph Krueger, Wayne Simmonds and Pat Malacaro from Denver.

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