Victor Olofsson signed a two-year, $6.1 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. It has an average annual value of $3.05 million.
The 25-year-old forward was a restricted free agent who had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Nov. 4. He scored 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 54 games with the Sabres last season, tied for fourth among rookies in points and tied for second in goals and was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Olofsson led rookies in goals (16) and points (35) when an injury in January caused him to miss 15 games.
“I think that’s something I’ve got to learn, just to be at a high level and be a threat all the time throughout an 82-game season,” Olofsson told the Sabres website after the season. “I think that’s going to be the biggest challenge for me because I feel like I have the capability of scoring a lot of goals. So, I’ve just got to learn to manage the amount of games. That’s my biggest challenge.”
Selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (No. 181) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Olofsson has 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 60 regular-season games.
“I think his work ethic and his dedication to hockey is probably the thing that jumps out the most,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said after the season. “Obviously, he wants to be a good hockey player. He cares about his game; he takes care of himself and he’s constantly works on his shot. He definitely holds himself accountable. When you put those things together, you’re bound to have success.”
Olofsson is the third Sabres player who avoided a salary arbitration hearing. Forward Sam Reinhart and goalie Linus Ullmark each signed a one-year contract on Oct. 25.