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Providence’s Bryson signs NHL deal with Buffalo

Providence defenseman Jacob Bryson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility. Bryson will report to the Rochester Americans (AHL) on an amateur tryout agreement for the remainder of the season with his entry-level contract starting in the 2019-20 season.

Bryson recently completed his junior season with the Friars; he scored four goals and 24 assists in 42 games. Bryson set new career highs in both assists and points in 2018-19 and recorded an assist in all three NCAA Tournament games to help lead the Friars to a Frozen Four appearance.

Selected by the Sabres in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Bryson was a AHCA Second Team All-American in 2017-18. He finished his collegiate career with 73 points (11-62—73) in 121 games.

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